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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's all-Beethoven season opener was a rousing success that balanced familiar and unusual choices. After a near miss with the opening adagio of the First Symphony, music director Edo de Waart opted for genial...
Theater
Monday, Sept. 5, 2011
Loosely but charmingly directed by Joseph Hanreddy, the Milwaukee Rep's Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's pleasant comedy Ten Chimneys goes down as smoothly as a cold drink on a warm summer's night—but with little more substance...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Classical Preview

The operas of the Baroque period (1600-1759) were once a hard sell for music lovers accustomed to the greater realism and stronger story lines of later classic and romantic opera. Yet the beguiling appeal of the best Baroque operas can't be dismissed as charming relics of a world gone by. The treasures of the...
Theater
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Theater Review

Les Misérables is a universally admired staple of musical theater, and with this production it is easy to see why. Considering its popularity, it seems disrespectful to imply that it's not above reproach. But the politics have never been too clear. Much is made of the “manning of the barricades” motif, but the...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rossini's madcap 'L'Italiana in Algeri' bursts into Milwaukee

Beethoven said that Rossini would have been a great composer if his music teacher had turned him over his knee and spanked him. Then again, Beethoven's taciturn temperament is so far removed from...
Theater
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Theater Review

In Tandem Theatre's energetic production of Murder at the Howard Johnson's is neither murder mystery nor satiric comedy, but rather a delightfully old-fashioned, three-character romantic farce close to the Marx Brothers school. Arlene and her dentist lover, Mitchell, plan to kill her husband...