Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Nancy Drew’s Biggest Case Yet - First Stage and Willy Porter team up for a musical mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23180-nancy-drew%25E2%2580%2599s-biggest-case-yet-first-stage-and-willy-porter-team-up-for-a-musical-mystery.html

 Nancy Drew, the brilliant teen detective of fiction series fame, will solve her next great mystery at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater. Co-written by First Stage’s Artistic Director Jeff Frank and Associate Artistic Director/Young Company Director John Maclay, Nancy Drew and Her

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A Glimpse into Rural Texas Life after the Vietnam War - Jane and Chris Flieller co-direct ‘1959 Pink Thunderbird’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23145-a-glimpse-into-rural-texas-life-after-the-vietnam-war-jane-and-chris-flieller-co-direct-%25E2%2580%25981959-pink-thunderbird%25E2%2580%2599.html  In Tandem Theatre brings to the stage 1959 Pink Thunderbird, a unique piece comprised of James McLure’s two one-act companion pieces, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Set in a small Texas town during the late ’70s, we are first introduced to three young women chatting over laundry and

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The True Origins of Superman - The Rep’s spectacular ‘History of Invulnerability’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23134-the-true-origins-of-superman-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-spectacular-%25E2%2580%2598history-of-invulnerability%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The Milwaukee Repertory Theater closes its 60th season with David Bar Katz’ brilliant play, The History of Invulnerability. The story is conceived as the deathbed reflections of Superman’s creator Jerry Siegel, a gifted writer who, with illustrator Joe Shuster created Superman, sold all rights for a mere $130 and

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Classic Farce Done Well - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre keeps it light with ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23135-classic-farce-done-well-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-keeps-it-light-with-%25E2%2580%2598lend-me-a-tenor%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Milwaukee Chamber Theatre tightly executes a classic work of light comedy with a production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. Rick Pendzich shows considerable comic mastery in the role of Max, the nebbishy assistant who has dreams of performing opera

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Theater Happenings: April 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23107-theater-happenings-april-10.html  The Marquette University’s College of Engineering and Diederich College of Communication’s Department of Performing Arts bring the play Zoo Story to Marquette’s Visualization Lab (1637 W. Wisconsin

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Next Act's Tour de Force Season Closer - Love transcends death in 'Three Views of the Same Object' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23094-next-acts-tour-de-force-season-closer-love-transcends-death-in-three-views-of-the-same-object.html

 Next Act Theatre closes its season with a tour de force from playwright Henry Murray and a cast of veteran Milwaukee actors. Three Views of the Same Object explores, through three separate iterations, the story of Poppy and Jesse, an elderly couple who made a suicide pact and now face

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A Whirlwind of Emotion on a Lifelong Journey - 'Skin Tight' returns to Renaissance Theaterworks http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23095-a-whirlwind-of-emotion-on-a-lifelong-journey-skin-tight-returns-to-renaissance-theaterworks.html

  Renaissance Theaterworks retraces steps already taken by returning to Skin Tight, an intimate, hour-long play about two lovers’ lives that RTW first produced 10 years ago. The creative ground remains fertile. RTW has brought back everyone they could from that earlier, wildly successful

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A Powerful Contemporary Romantic Drama - Soulstice brings 'Still Life' to an intimate stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23096-a-powerful-contemporary-romantic-drama-soulstice-brings-still-life-to-an-intimate-stage.html

 Soulstice Theatre presents the Wisconsin premiere of Alexander Dinelaris’ sophisticated contemporary drama Still Life. An emotionally irresistible Amber Smith plays Carrie Ann, an accomplished photographer going through a rough time in her life. Mateo Genovesi plays Jeffrey, a trend analyst

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'Crash' Explores the True Meaning of Friendship - First Stage brings Jerry Spinelli’s story to life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23067-crash-explores-the-true-meaning-of-friendship-first-stage-brings-jerry-spinelli%25E2%2580%2599s-story-to-life.html

 First Stage brings award-winning author Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book for young adults to life in Crash. The play, a growing-up story of a teenage boy who wants nothing more than for his

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'Romeo and Juliet' for Seniors - Age doesn’t matter in Off the Wall’s production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23068-romeo-and-juliet-for-seniors-age-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-matter-in-off-the-wall%25E2%2580%2599s-production.html  Off the Wall Theatre conjures an interesting atmosphere for its production of Romeo and Juliet. The audience is welcomed into its intimate studio space by residents

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A Day in the Life of an Opera Company - C. Michael Wright directs ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23069-a-day-in-the-life-of-an-opera-company-c-michael-wright-directs-%25E2%2580%2598lend-me-a-tenor%25E2%2580%2599.html   The year is 1934 and we are introduced to the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in a swanky hotel suite. They are awaiting the arrival of world-famous tenor Tito Merelli, the star in their production of Otello. The company is scheduled to perform in the evening, but, as Milwaukee Chamber

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Returning to Remount a Poetic Love Story - Laura Gordon directs 'Skin Tight' with original cast http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22972-returning-to-remount-a-poetic-love-story-laura-gordon-directs-skin-tight-with-original-cast.html

  Inspired by Denis Glover’s “The Magpies,” a poem well known in playwright Gary Henderson’s homeland of New Zealand, Skin Tight explores the passionate and extraordinary love shared between Tom and Elizabeth. We are drawn into their relationship, reliving with them the journey of their

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Ninja Woman Triumphs in Action Musical - T.I.M.’s latest improvised exercise in cleverness http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22938-ninja-woman-triumphs-in-action-musical-tim%25E2%2580%2599s-latest-improvised-exercise-in-cleverness.html

 T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical continued its monthly journey in March into long

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Up Close with Mozart and Salieri - World’s Stage dramatizes Peter Shaffer's 'Amadeus' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22930-up-close-with-mozart-and-salieri-world%25E2%2580%2599s-stage-dramatizes-peter-shaffers-amadeus.html  The World’s Stage Theatre Company conjures a solidly enjoyable drama with its latest, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. The story of genius and jealousy resonates through Villa Terrace this month with lush costuming and makeup that feels right at home in the historic space. Director Catie O’Donnell

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Insightful Look into a Bully’s Psyche - Mary MacDonald Kerr directs 'Crash' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22877-insightful-look-into-a-bully%25E2%2580%2599s-psyche-mary-macdonald-kerr-directs-crash.html

 Bullying is often the big elephant in a room (or hallway, or workplace), recognized by most but hard to address. First Stage’s upcoming show Crash is bound to be a great conversation starter and learning experience on the topic for ages 8 and up. Based on Jerry Spinelli’s young adult

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Fats Waller at the Stackner - The Rep ain't misbehavin' with its latest cabaret show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22872-fats-waller-at-the-stackner-the-rep-aint-misbehavin-with-its-latest-cabaret-show.html

 Head on over to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret and you’ll find that the joint is really jumpin’ given the excellent production of Ain’t Mishbehavin’ currently shakin’ the rafters

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Storytelling at its Best - Dylan Bolin performs one-man show at Waukesha Civic Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22828-storytelling-at-its-best-dylan-bolin-performs-one-man-show-at-waukesha-civic-theatre.html  A staple at ComedySportz Milwaukee and a regular guest on the Dave & Carol WKLH morning show, comedian Dylan Bolin is a familiar and well-liked entertainer to many Milwaukeeans. Influenced by George Carlin, Carol Burnett and Bill Cosby, Bolin uses his love of language to craft

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The Hard Fight for Gay Rights in ’50s America - Theatrical Tendencies presents ‘The Temperamentals’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22792-the-hard-fight-for-gay-rights-in-%25E2%2580%259950s-america-theatrical-tendencies-presents-%25E2%2580%2598the-temperamentals%25E2%2580%2599.html   It’s all too easy to separate the history of gay rights into pre- and post-Stonewall eras. The fight for gay rights, however, did not begin in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn.

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Early Music Now Presents East of the River http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22804-early-music-now-presents-east-of-the-river.html  East of the River integrates musicians from classical, jazz, rock and world music to create an aural sensuality unfamiliar to Western ears. 

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A Tempting Collaboration - Present Music and Danceworks ‘retelling’ of Stravinsky http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22805-a-tempting-collaboration-present-music-and-danceworks-%25E2%2580%2598retelling%25E2%2580%2599-of-stravinsky.html  Danceworks Performance Company and Present Music joined forces for Temptation’s Snare, a retelling of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with choreography by Dani Kuepper, direction by Jason Powell, and Julian Pellicano 

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Dance Happening: ‘Grass and Jackals’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22806-dance-happening-%25E2%2580%2598grass-and-jackals%25E2%2580%2599.html  New York’s LeeSaar The Company comes to Milwaukee to share a production inspired by the choreographers’ six years in the Israeli military. 

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A Howl from Philip Glass - Skylight Music Theatre presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22769-a-howl-from-philip-glass-skylight-music-theatre-presents-hydrogen-jukebox.html 'An Iliad’ for All Time - Jim DeVita's tour de force at the Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22754-an-iliad%25E2%2580%2599-for-all-time-jim-devitas-tour-de-force-at-the-rep.html The Iliad is one of the oldest stories still being told. It’s not so much a pillar of world literature as a living trunk that continues to grow branches. The latest offshoot, An Iliad, is the Obie-winning adaptation by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, directed by John Langs at the Milwaukee Rep]]> Anatole, the Mouse with Big Ideas - First Stage’s charming adaptation of a beloved children’s story http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22767-anatole-the-mouse-with-big-ideas-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-charming-adaptation-of-a-beloved-children%25E2%2580%2599s-story.html

For a little guy, Anatole the mouse has some pretty big ideas. How he manages to make life better for everyone around him is one of the themes in First Stage’s new musical, Anatole

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Grief and Forgiveness From the Mouths of Babes - Acacia presents 'Searching for David’s Heart' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22768-grief-and-forgiveness-from-the-mouths-of-babes-acacia-presents-searching-for-david%25E2%2580%2599s-heart.html   Acacia Theatre presents Cherie Bennett’s Searching for David’s Heart, winner of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices award, in its Midwest premiere. The show features high production values, heartfelt performances and a deep yet unassuming exploration of grief after the

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Chamber Theatre Sparks an Emotional Firestorm - Midwest premiere of 'October, Before I was Born' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22732-chamber-theatre-sparks-an-emotional-firestorm-midwest-premiere-of-october-before-i-was-born.html

 “People come home when something like this happens,” says family matriarch Martha in the Midwest premiere of Wisconsin playwright Lori Matthews’ October, Before I was Born. Martha is speaking in light of a catastrophic explosion at the local factory where a number of people in

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In Tandem's One-Man Comedy - Artist steals dog in 'Chesapeake' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22733-in-tandems-one-man-comedy-artist-steals-dog-in-chesapeake.html

 It’s a story about art. It’s a story about communication. It’s a story about the comedy of deep, interpersonal connection. But above all it is a story. In Tandem’s production of the one-actor comedy Chesapeake is well worth seeing because it tells a good story. Matt Daniels is the one telling it. As the

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Backstage Professional Wrestling Comedy - UWM students tackle 'Cementville' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22738-backstage-professional-wrestling-comedy-uwm-students-tackle-cementville.html One Man and a Very Old Story http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22697-one-man-and-a-very-old-story.html The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater has seen huge productions of Cabaret and Othello. With 720 seats, it would take quite a stage presence for a single actor to fill all that space. Some time ago, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater did so quite successfully with Deborah Staples as the only actor in a production. It may yet

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'The Foreigner' comes home to Milwaukee - On Love and Language Barriers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22690-the-foreigner-comes-home-to-milwaukee-on-love-and-language-barriers.html

 Thirty-one years ago, Larry Shue’s comedy The Foreigner premiered in Milwaukee before achieving national acclaim off Broadway and regionally. Its most recent Brew City reprise takes place on Theatre Unchained’s intimate stage. John Baiocchi directs and Artistic Director James Dragolovich stars as Charlie, the traveling

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