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Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

Theater Review

Often, the present is little more than the accumulation of the past's painful residue. Few pasts appear to have been as painful as that of playwright Eugene O'Neill, whose autobiographical masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, caps American Players Theatre's 2009 summer season. Chronicling the family of James Tyrone Sr. (Kenneth Albers), a former stage actor who now dabbles unsuccessfully in real estate, Long Day's Journey finds its five-member cast...
Theater
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Theater Review

War isn't always what it seems, at least to William Shakespeare. Even in legend, heroism's conquests are offset by the conflict's horrors, making even the greatest victory at best bittersweet. Such is the suffering of poor Prince Hal (Matt Schwader), who has ascended the throne to become the title character in Henry V, American Players Theatre's latest production. In pursuit of the French throne and prompted by a jibe from...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Judging from his Web site and vocal online followers, Davy Jones’ fandom is alive and well. The former Monkee has kept a solo career moving forward and will ride “The Last Train to Clarksville” to the Wisconsin State Fair for a bill he’ll she with Gary Puckett (without The Union Gap) and the Spencer Davis Group (without Steve Winwood...
Today in Milwaukee
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Sometimes a familiar last name can get in the way, but Grammy winners The Wallflowers hit its own stride despite leader Jakob Dylan’s famous father. Still, there are definitely familiar overtones to some of the Los Angeles’ bands songs, combining a certain lyricism with more contemporary and definitive rhythms, which should appeal to fans...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Rumor has it that members of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (MHTG) working this year's Great Taste of the Midwest will wear kilts. The very idea makes club member and homebrewer Fred Swanson laugh. "I think you'll see a number of members in kilts," says Swanson, the Great Taste's brewery coordinator and a teacher at Madison's West High School who does community...
Theater
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Theater Review

Angularity, austerity and pauses so pregnant with meaning that the suppressed emotion nearly puddles at the actors' feet: Such is the stuff of which Harold Pinter's plays are made. American Players Theatre's production of Pinter's Old Times, which opened at the Spring Green company's new Touchstone Theatre this month, follows the same pattern, bringing a new dimension to the APT experience...
Music Feature
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Steve Earle honors his muse and mentor

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it also can be the deadliest. Rampant substance abuse finally caught up with Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt on New Year's Day, 1997, when the accumulation of drugs and drinks ended his life at age 52. Musician Steve Earle, long considered Van Zandt's leading acolyte, dodged that bullet, kicking his own heroin habit while jailed in the mid-1990s...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 20, 2009

Townes (New West)

It was never a matter of if, only of when, Steve Earle would get around to honoring mentor Townes Van Zandt with a tribute album. Earle's latest release embraces that role with both simplicity and finesse. As one of Van Zandt's best-known acolytes, Earle adds his characteristic rasp to simple arrangements that highlight the songs' impressionistic...
Theater
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Theater Review

"Most of the characters I play are taller than me," quipped actor James DeVita during his one-man performance, In Acting Shakespeare. The show opened American Players Theatre's new, intimate Touchstone Theatre on July 10 in Spring Green. DeVita's confession, part of an evening of personal revelations mixed with "Shakespeare's greatest hits," brought gales of laughter from the capacity crowd...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
American Players Theatre in Spring Green will inaugurate the Touchstone Theatre, its new indoor venue, on July 10 with In Acting Shakespeare, a one-man show adapted by and starring Jim DeVita. The intimate 200-seat space will bring the audience closer to the drama, and this...

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