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Theater
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sterling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical at the Marcus Center

 Those familiar with a more sentimentalized approach to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved The Phantom of the Opera may find themselves pleasantly surprised by Cameron Mackintosh’s lavishly mounted, spectacularly detailed production at the Marcus Center. A subtle reorchestration
Theater
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Waukesha Civic jumpstarts the ’50s-era tragedy

 Arthur Miller’s 1955 A View from the Bridge may seem a bit dated today, although the Waukesha Civic Theater’s production jumpstarts the tragedy’s energy with a spritely series of serviceable performances
Theater
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Skylight’s premiere of Daron Hagen’s new production

 Written especially for the Skylight Music Theatre and directed by the composer Daron Hagen, I Hear America Singing arrives as something of a mixed bag. It’s described as a hybrid of musical and opera, and purports to be a reinvention of traditional ballads and with adaptations of poems by
Books
Friday, May 9, 2014

‘Five Came Back’ looks at front-line directors during World War II

 Mark Harris’ terrific new book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin Press) explores how a handful of Hollywood’s most prominent directors put lucrative careers on hold to take part in World War II. The unity of spirit that determined the motivations
A&E Feature
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Florentine Opera brings young love and tragedy to the stage

 Within a 10-year span, Giacomo Puccini composed three of the most popular operas ever written, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and the even
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deathless story in the Florentine’s production of Handel’s opera

 George Frideric Handel’s great baroque opera, Julius Caesar (1724), may come as an exhilaratingly provocative and tempestuous treat to those more familiar with the composer’s later choral and orchestral works such as the perennial (and justly acclaimed) Messiah. Although German born
A&E Feature
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MSO programs three of the composer's symphonies

 Praising the great symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven seems as redundant as extolling the significance of the Lincoln Memorial. Whereas the mighty edifice remains forever marooned in stationary glory, Beethoven’s wondrous third, seventh and ninth symphonies—scheduled for
Film
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Computer imaging and the decline of imagination

Movies have enjoyed wide appeal since the dawn of the nickelodeon. However, no one could have imagined that cinema would become a disposable subset of a gargantuan tentacled monster called computerized entertainment, reducing the 20th century’s only new art form into an
Dining Out
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Mequon’s popular Taylor and Dunn’s offers a versatile menu

 While noted as an Irish pub, Taylor and Dunn’s Public House has a versatile menu serving a variety of tastes. Located at the junction of Highway 57 and Donges Bay Road just south of Mequon Road, Taylor and Dunn’s has been a favorite spot in the area