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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
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

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