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Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) simply refuses to die. So many have tried to kill it in the past, but it keeps coming back again and again and again and again. Local groups who have staged the comedy have included The Milwaukee Rep and Soulstice Theatre. Gretchen Mahkorn was quite charming in a staging of the comedy as one of T...
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Dale Gutzman’s Off the Wall Theatre brings an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien to life this month. From Boris Karloff to Robert DeNiro, there have been countless interpretations of the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein in cinema over the years. The Off the Wall staging in one of the most intimate theaters in town features Off the Wall regular Jeremy Welter playi...
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
Katie O’Regan’s The Dream Cafe Musical makes it to the cozy space of the Villa Terrace this month. It’s a drama set in the fictional town of Rhymington...a resort town that could be anywhere. It’s populated by artists and dreamers. Drama unfolds in the tiny town. Characters include a corporate executive from New York, an artist/hypnotist/spiritual teacher, a painter/musician/...
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove continues its popular Musical Mainstage series this month with a tribute to movie musicals. This is the classic end of movies musicals from the 20th century including Old Devil Moon, the Trolley Song, Lullaby of Broadway, and Singin’ in the Rain.

It’s kind of an impressive group they’ve got assembled for this show including...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School opens its production of Shrek The Musical. What had started out on a Seattle try-out back in 2008 and then moved on to Broadway has gradually opened itself up through a series of tours and various smaller local productions all over the world until only relatively recently. The first local high school to tackle the project is DSHA, which wi...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Theatre Unchained opens the latest local production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants early this month. Raymond Bradford directs the studio theatre production of the contemporary comedy genius’ popular adaptation of a 1910 farce by Carl Sternheim.

The comedy has seen memorable local productions with the Milwaukee Rep and more recently Soulstice Theatre. This is Marti...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
War is messy, complicated stuff. It’s brutal and it’s ugly but there’s something good that can spring out of anything. There are creative, little endeavors that spring up in the absence of loved ones overseas. This coming weekend the Singers of In Good Company present a tribute to songs  and stories of those left behind waiting for their loved ones to return with Keep the H...
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Cirque du Soleil originally staged Varekai a dozen years ago in Montréal. The show has had a really exhaustive touring schedule. The original North American Tour lasted for four years. Its latest North American Tour started just last year. The tour finds its way to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in mid-December for a couple of performances.With a title that literally translates to “w...
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

First Stage’s musical adaptation of the children’s story

British musical theater songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe put together a remarkably well-articulated children’s stage adaptation of an old classic with The Three Little Pigs. Weighing in
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Neil Haven’s perennial favorite show Who Killed Santa? has been featured at a variety of different local locations over the years. The show features puppets standing-in for a slow-witted Frosty the Snowman, an alcoholic Rudolph, a tragically youthful Tiny Time, a metalhead Little Drummer Boy all grown-up and a newly-introduced Little Drummer Girl. It’s a post- Christmas holiday p...