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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Theater Review

Creative license, when mishandled by the uncreative, can generate results both oafish and irritating. Credit director William Brown and a brilliant American Players Theatre cast for bringing Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Critic to life with vibrant lunacy, resulting in 150 minutes of sheer theatrical joy...
Theater
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Strong performances highlight APT's 'Glass Menagerie'

An enormous photo of a smug-looking young man, circa 1930s, looks out at the audience and down on the scene of emotional destruction his past actions have wrought. He is as dominant as the trio of torn souls occupying the stage in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, which opened last...
Theater
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Theater Review

A sexy ghost, an eccentric medium and a supercilious man troubled by two wives, one of who has been dead for seven years, combine for an evening of unusual hilarity at American Players Theatre's production of Blithe Spirit, which opened Saturday at the Spring Green troupe's amphitheater “Up the Hill...
Music Feature
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Remembering rock's greatest saxophonist

The first time I saw Clarence Clemons, he gave me a sharp poke in the shoulder and told me I'd better wait for his boss. I didn't know who he was, but he was too damn big to poke back with any kind of authority. I also didn't know that his boss was The Boss...
Theater
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Theater Review

Spring Green's American Players Theatre is the dramatic house that William Shakespeare built, but only two of the Bard of Avon's works grace this year's eight-play schedule. The first, The Taming of the Shrew, opened with enough fire to warm a chilly Saturday night in the company's open-air amphitheater...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Touchstone plays home to company’s first holiday production

One of American literature’s simplest, most heartfelt tales will help one of Wisconsin’s fastest-rising theater companies take a quantum leap into the competitive field of holiday entertainment. The end result will likely be equal parts elegance and simplicity, clothed with just the right seasonal sentiment. Thanks to the construction last year of...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

To the One (Abstract Logix)

John McLaughlin’s jazz-fusion has always been measured with the mile markers of his inner journey, and To the One is no different. The new CD, released in April, is reflective of the time in 1964 when the guitarist first heard John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, the ultimate blend of the influential reedman’s musical and...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
If John Coltrane is the leading voice in jazz, then John McLaughlin is part of a large chorus of musicians singing his praises through emulation and homage. But the English-born jazz-fusion guitarist, who leapt on to the scene in the 1970s playing not with Coltrane but with Miles Davis, approaches the legendary reedman from both a musical and spiritual perspective. McLaughlin’s reverence is part of his own inner mounting flame of...
Theater
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Theater Review

Ideologies collide and the morality of money is much debated in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, American Players Theatre’s final offering this season. Director David Frank, also APT’s artistic director, has trimmed some snarls from the Shavian narrative, resulting in a brighter performance wrapping an otherwise knotted...

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