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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

Theater Review

Poets build castles in the air and lunatics live in them; in Moon Over the Brewery, now playing at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, single mom Miriam Waslyk obsessively paints the full moon and her teenage daughter Amanda is a gifted child whose imaginary friend "Randolph" helps her scare away any man who might come between them. Enter Warren Zimmerman, a mailman with a heart as big...
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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009

Theater Review

"It was the job of the century, the job of our dreams," says Catherine Donahue, a factory worker in the 1920s in These Shining Lives, a new play by Melanie Marnich. The line was part of a one-time reading staged by Renaissance Theaterworks, which, as "Milwaukee's only women-founded, women-run theatre company," brings women’s experience...
Off the Cuff
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Ben Turk is the nicest revolutionary you'd ever want to meet. Co-founder with Tracy Doyle of the Insurgent Theatre company, he's worked tirelessly to promote DIY performance, booking out-of-town groups and supporting many local endeavors. Last year he took his play Paint the Town on a multi-state DIY tour...
Theater
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Theater Review

A New Yorker cartoon pictures a spectacled woman in a witness box, surrounded by judge, jury and attorney, and saying, "I hate this book club!" This could be the theme of Soulstice Theatre's latest offering, The Book Club Play, a suburban comedy of manners that shows how the simple desire to talk about literature over wine and cheese can go terribly, hilariously...
Theater
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Theater Review

Good-old Milwaukee received a fresh load of snow just in time for the seventh annual (minus one skipped year) opening of In Tandem Theatre's Cudahy Caroler's Christmas, a nostalgic tribute to Milwaukee's South Side. The show featured close-harmony singing, rowdy burlesque and little or nothing to do with Christmas, but an abundance of the three Bs: boobs, bowling and beer. The show's simple formula: Take a familiar...
Theater
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Theater Review

One can expect a little extra staginess from college productions-fake beards and so on. The test is whether we can see through the artifice into the virtual reality conjured by the play. With Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, in Paul Schmidt's workable translation, Marquette University Theatre hits the mark. They could probably never have imagined, when they scheduled this drama of bankruptcy, foreclosure and societal transformation, that the play would resonate in the nonfictional world with such an unsettling echo.
Theater
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Theater Review

Soulstice Theatre takes the gritty, sexy musical Chicago into a strange dimension of Victoria's Secret lingerie-lots of it. Ambitious director/choreographer Michael Endter floods the old school gymnasium with black lace, long legs, bare chests and plumped cleavages. He's done an amazing job keeping the action moving, drilling intricate Fosse-like moves into his cast of variably-skilled but uniformly game performers. Lighting designer David Carter has miraculously transformed the gym into a glitzy nightclub.
Theater
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Theater Reviews

What do you do when you lose your one true love? With five well-defined female characters (plus two goofy men), a soundtrack of cuddly Beatles tunes, and the plot of a Lifetime channel movie, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, performed last weekend by Soulstice Theatre, has all the elements of a perfect chick play. David, a former college teacher, has been living in an island cottage purchased with the settlement from his wife’s tragic demise two years ago.

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