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Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater retains its title as a premier producer of holiday shows, as it proved again Friday during the opening performance of A Christmas Carol. The show continues through Dec. 27 at the historic Pabst Theater. The combination of a sprightly...
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Silly antics highlight First Steps program for Milwaukee children’s theater

Ask any preschooler what happens when “you give a mouse a cookie,” and you’ll get an immediate answer: “He’ll want a glass of milk!” Well, that’s only the beginning of author Laura Numeroff’s tale about a young boy who befriends a mischievous mouse in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The rest of the story unfolds in a smart and snappy adaptation...
Theater
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Theater Review

Despite its title, Social Security is not just for the older crowd. But it does share some lessons about how a little nurturing can go a long way toward revitalizing the elderly. The comedy, presented at Sunset Playhouse, takes the pulse of an adult family in chaos. The play is set in the upscale New York apartment of Barbara and David, a middle-aged couple that owns a prosperous art gallery...
Theater
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Theater Review

A comical group of dimwitted pirates takes a young boy named Jeremy on the ride of his life in How I Became a Pirate, a musical staged by First Stage Children's Theater. After hoisting the Jolly Roger, the pirates display their own jolly talents, which include singing, dancing and playing an impressive variety of musical instruments. The show goes full-throttle as the pirates teach Jeremy the basics of pirate life...
Theater
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Theater Review

"I'm nobody, who are you? Are you nobody, too?" These are perhaps the most famous words ever written by Emily Dickinson-and they are particularly ironic given the esteemed place Dickinson now holds in American literature. Acacia Theatre Company is currently staging a play about her life (through March 8)...
Theater
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

Theater Review

Prejudice is a difficult subject to tackle, but First Stage Children's Theater is no stranger to such thorny subjects. Based on a popular book by Karen Hesse, Witness deals with race in the 1920s, showing how a small Vermont town is affected by the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. First Stage's production runs through Feb. 22 at the Marcus Center. Hesse does a nice job of contrasting the specter of the Klan with the town's longtime reputation for friendliness and neighborliness...
Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Theater Review

   Stephen Schwartz isn't exactly a household name around these parts. But mention some of the songwriter's credits, including Godspell, Pippin and the current box office smash Wicked, and people start paying attention. The Grammy-winning Schwartz has a smooth, self-deprecating onstage manner that played well Sept. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Dressed all in black, perhaps as a nod to his New York roots, Schwartz played piano as he led the audience through many of his hits. His boyish, animated face...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Dance Preview

   A series of fast-paced, kaleidoscopic images that blend light, motion, color and sound has long been the essence of the venerable organization Cirque du Soleil. Now, Milwaukee-area audiences will have a rare opportunity to see a restaging of Cirque's very first traveling show, Saltimbanco, which opens a five-day run at the Bradley Center on Oct. 1.  Cirque du Soleil's style borrows heavily from theater, dance and music to create a unique entertainment form, and Saltimbanco promises to make use of these distinctive elements. Cirque, which originated in...

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