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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical recently took a trip to New York to perform. Fresh from that road trip, the group returns this month for their Halloween show. The performance group features an assembly of talented improv comics who also happen to be really, really into musical theatre. With the aid of a talented four-piece band, they improvise an entire musical theatre piece from a single au...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
You’ve seen Nunsense. Of course you’ve seen Nunsense. But have you seen... a high school production of Nunsense? The remarkably well-funded Pius XI theatre department will be staging a production of the popular musical comedy.The clever bit about this particular production is the preparation. Being a Catholic school, the production was able to hook-up with actual nuns. Cast members visited a l...
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The first time I saw a picture of one of Imago Theatre’s “Frogz,” I thought I was looking at a picture of an actual frog. They may not move perfectly like the little amphibians. (Humans simply do not have the anatomy. Those things have a muscular anatomy like a slingshot. They’re some of the most insanely graceful creatures on the planet.) Imago Theatre’s circus-inspired dance variety sh...
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
There was recently kind of a weird, little prank involving a faked poster for a new production of the film Mary Poppins as directed by Tim Burton and starring Cate Blanchett. This was, of course, somebody’s idea of a joke. There were evidently never any plans for such a movie. However, there is a new Mary Poppins coming to Wisconsin this year and it’s part of a new theater.The proprietors of t...
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Angry Young Men Limited has announced kind of a shocking bit of news recently. Their ever-popular Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show which has been something of a long-stranding local theater tradition will meet its final performance this coming Thursday, Oct. 30. Zombie puppets attack in the ever-clever scene-for-scene puppet spoof of George Romero’s deliciously public domain classic....
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Guys and Dolls was based on fiction written by the father of modern roller derby. Okay, so that’s a bit of a stretch, but it is exceedingly difficult to say anything new about a beloved musical that has been produced countless times since it debuted on Broadway over 60 years ago.

Actually it’s just one of those strange, little factoids: Damon Runyon was a journalist and author of...
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Next Act Theatre hosts an evening of songs by Sondheim this month as it presents Isn’t It Rich? It’s an intimate, little evening of Sondheim music performed by Linda Stephens and Jack Forbes Wilson. Stephens has performed in big Sondheim projects on the East coast including a big Kennedy Center production of Sunday in the Park with George. Stephens is a veteran of t...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Liz Shipe’s Sherlock Holmes and the Regrettable Engagementsees a staging at Old World Wisconsin this weekend. The second in Shipe’s Holmes trilogy casts the audience in the role of the Baker Street Irregulars aiding Holmes at key points in the story. Meanwhile, closer to home, Holmes is missing in First Stage’s world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street I...