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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
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
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
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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