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golden pond
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play On Golden Pond is better-known for the 1981 film that was adapted from it. Granted, Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda put in really good performances in that film, but the story itself is a strikingly resonant dramatic story.

Set in rural Maine, the family drama concerns an older couple who have become estranged from their adult daughter Chelsea. ...
badger tales
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Youth Theatre Company of Plymouth, Wisconsin celebrates our fair state next month with a stage presentation featuring 30 youth and adults from the Plymouth area. Badger Tales is billed as “a celebration of all that is Wisconsin in both story and song.”

Songs on the program feature such classics as “On Wisconsin”, “If you Want to Be a Badger” and “The L...
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Milwaukee-born Insurgent Theatre returns to town late this month for a multi-media show that offers some really interesting opportunities for local audiences at the Borg Ward on 823 W. National Ave. The Shadow of Lucasville opens the program. It’s a short documentary that revisits one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history.

The program follows this up with a ...
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Boulevard Theatre has been hosting Verse & Vino fundraisers for quite some time now. The latest hits the City Lights Building in the Menomonee Valley this June 14. The fundraiser runs from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. There are silent auctions. There is wine. There is poetry performed by people involved in local theatre. It’s a really pleasant social atmosphere. In some past years, t...
off the wall
Friday, May 30, 2014
This summer Off the Wall Theatre presents a production of Sara Ruhl’s Late: A Cowboy Song. According to Ruhl, “"This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention." So is the play Ruhl ripping off or riffing off Tom Robbins? Probably not. Or at least not exactly. The author of The Clean House tries her hand at the ...
Friday, May 30, 2014

Brief, brutal and filthy

 Phaedra’s Love is as brief as it is brutal. The World’s Stage Theatre Company’s production of the Sarah Kane drama finds its home in an improvised space at the Shops of Grand Avenue through
luna coffeeshop
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Riverwest visual artist Renée Luna Bebeau will be opening a show in West Allis’ Inpspiration Studio Gallery next month. As a part of opening weekend for the show, she will be there at the gallery engaging in a performance that sounds interesting.

The show of her work is called “nature morte.” At 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, Bebeau will be performing “rebirth.” T...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa has evidently had a really good pool of submitted scripts for its 29th Annual Original One Act Play Festival. Rather than having them all featured on a single program, they have spilt them up into two shows. The first of the two shows opens in the beginning of June.

Part One features eight different casts performing eight different pla...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sousltice Theatre opens the summer next week with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Inspired by a New York Times article about a gathering of showgirls from the legendary Ziegfeld Follies, he and James Goldman wrote a musical about a fictitious group of performers reuniting in an old Broadway theater that has been schedule for demolition.

Soulstice is...
carroll players
Monday, May 26, 2014
Carroll University’s Carroll Players will be staging a couple of plays in rotating rep next month. From June 5 through the 21, the Players will be staging a contemporary comedy and something a bit less than contemporary.

Anton In Show Business follows three actresses as they look to stage Chekov in Texas at the turn of the century. The play debuted elsewhere not too l...