Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Next Act’s ‘Heresy’ Cabaret - A.R. Gurney’s play coupled with musical satire http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24402-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598heresy%25E2%2580%2599-cabaret-ar-gurney%25E2%2580%2599s-play-coupled-with-musical-satire.html Next Act Theatre’s Heresy is an A.R. Gurney comedy about a modern-day Joseph and Mary consulting with a contemporary Pontius Pilate. Their son, Chris, has been taken in by the ]]> A Beloved Disney Classic Comes to Town - ‘The Lion King’ at Milwaukee Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24403-a-beloved-disney-classic-comes-to-town-%25E2%2580%2598the-lion-king%25E2%2580%2599-at-milwaukee-theatre.html
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First Stage and the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Also, In Tandem’s final run of ‘Cudahy Caroler Christmas’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24404-first-stage-and-the-red-nosed-reindeer-also-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-final-run-of-%25E2%2580%2598cudahy-caroler-christmas%25E2%2580%2599.html Many holiday shows, from family friendly tales to hilarious adult comedies, will grace Milwaukee stages this season. One of the former includes First Stage’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, adapted from the television special for stage by Robert Penola. The musical’s ]]> Dorothy and Toto come to Milwaukee - Skylight’s first ever production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24368-dorothy-and-toto-come-to-milwaukee-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-first-ever-production-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-wizard-of-oz%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Liberace was Mr. Showmanship! - Milwaukee Rep’s musical tribute to Milwaukee’s star http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24369-liberace-was-mr-showmanship_-milwaukee-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-musical-tribute-to-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-star.html “I’m baaack!” intoned the ghost of Liberace with his trademark showy flash and never-ending smile as he took the stage at the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret last weekend in Liberace! The audience is already laughing. It’s Liberace! And who better to parody the king of all things bling than Liberace himself?]]> Monday Night Quarterbacking - Pink Banana’s dark comedy of lives unraveling http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24370-monday-night-quarterbacking-pink-banana%25E2%2580%2599s-dark-comedy-of-lives-unraveling.html Directed by Matt Kemple, Pink Banana Theatre’s Any Given Monday is an intimate little dark comedy staged in their basement black box. The stage is set up like a cozy den. The place is draped in Philadelphia Eagles iconography. After a brief introduction, we see a couple of guys watching a Monday night game between the]]> ‘In the Red and Brown Water’ - Marquette and UPROOTED’s premiere collaboration http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24371-%25E2%2580%2598in-the-red-and-brown-water%25E2%2580%2599-marquette-and-uprooted%25E2%2580%2599s-premiere-collaboration.html Marquette and UPROOTED Theatres’ In the Red and Brown Water is a triumph. Powerfully realistic in its themes and characters yet abstract and spiritual in its style, it is unlike anything seen before on the university’s stage]]> A Warm and Classy ‘Three Little Pigs’ - First Stage’s musical adaptation of the children’s story http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24304-a-warm-and-classy-%25E2%2580%2598three-little-pigs%25E2%2580%2599-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-musical-adaptation-of-the-children%25E2%2580%2599s-story.html British musical theater songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe put together a remarkably well-articulated children’s stage adaptation of an old classic with The Three Little Pigs. Weighing in]]> Frankenstein in Milwaukee - Nick Dear’s unique take on a Shelley classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24322-frankenstein-in-milwaukee-nick-dear%25E2%2580%2599s-unique-take-on-a-shelley-classic.html Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus has remained popular through the years, with more film and theater variations than can be counted on both hands. Now the Gothic tale makes its way to Milwaukee. Off the Wall will present a recent adaptation of the story by ]]> Marti Gobel Unites UPROOTED and Marquette Theatre - Playwright McCraney’s powerful ‘In the Red and Brown Water’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24287-marti-gobel-unites-uprooted-and-marquette-theatre-playwright-mccraney%25E2%2580%2599s-powerful-%25E2%2580%2598in-the-red-and-brown-water%25E2%2580%2599.html Marti Gobel will direct and design costumes for In the Red and Brown Water, an upcoming collaboration between Marquette University Theatre and UPROOTED Theatre. “Nothing like this has been seen in Milwaukee,” says Gobel. “The play is groundbreaking in its structure and its]]> Shakespeare Meets Noh Drama - Theatre Gigante reprises ‘My Dear Othello’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24288-shakespeare-meets-noh-drama-theatre-gigante-reprises-%25E2%2580%2598my-dear-othello%25E2%2580%2599.html Theatre Gigante opens its season by reprising its 2004 theater-dance hybrid, My Dear Othello. Inspired by Noh drama and featuring painted panels by the late Schomer Lichtner, the ornately stylized production centers on the final moments of Shakespeare’s classic story of deception and jealousy played out to their ]]> ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Sunset Playhouse - High-energy homage to classic musical http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24289-%25E2%2580%2598guys-and-dolls%25E2%2580%2599-at-sunset-playhouse-high-energy-homage-to-classic-musical.html With a cast as creative and quirky as the Big Apple itself, director Diana Alioto succeeds in bringing the streets of New York to the stages of Elm Grove in Sunset Playhouse’s production of a Broadway musical classic, Guys and Dolls]]> Passion and Wonder at Splinter Group - ‘Gamma Rays,’ an emotionally dynamic drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24290-passion-and-wonder-at-splinter-group-%25E2%2580%2598gamma-rays%25E2%2580%2599-an-emotionally-dynamic-drama.html Paul Zindel’s The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds treads the tragic distance that can develop between people. The Splinter Group production of the drama explores the emotional space between people with passion and wonder. A study of contrasts plays out on a cold stage accompanied by a ]]> Classic Fairytale Comes to First Stage - ‘The Three Little Pigs’ rooted in Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24236-classic-fairytale-comes-to-first-stage-%25E2%2580%2598the-three-little-pigs%25E2%2580%2599-rooted-in-milwaukee.html You’re probably familiar with The Three Little Pigs and no matter the cultural variation—be it with pigs and a wolf, rabbits and a fox, or ants and a spider—the story is adored by children around the world. Coming to First Stage is George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical retelling of the ]]> Love in the Civil War - Renaissance Theaterworks presents ‘Amelia’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24237-love-in-the-civil-war-renaissance-theaterworks-presents-%25E2%2580%2598amelia%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Lending Sherlock Holmes a Hand - First Stage kids help out in ‘The Baker Street Irregulars’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24238-lending-sherlock-holmes-a-hand-first-stage-kids-help-out-in-%25E2%2580%2598the-baker-street-irregulars%25E2%2580%2599.html It’s no mystery why First Stage selected the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes as the subject of its season-opening production, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker ]]> A Quick Visit with ‘Poe’s Ghosts’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24239-a-quick-visit-with-%25E2%2580%2598poe%25E2%2580%2599s-ghosts%25E2%2580%2599.html Edgar Allen Poe always believed in cutting to the chase. Save for one little-loved novel, the author trafficked in short stories and even shorter poems, contending that ]]> Alchemist Stages Aaron Kopec’s Delirious ‘Suicide Sleep’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24240-alchemist-stages-aaron-kopec%25E2%2580%2599s-delirious-%25E2%2580%2598suicide-sleep%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Fishing for the Divine - Acacia’s biblical comedy ‘Fish Eyes’ avoids pit falls http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24241-fishing-for-the-divine-acacia%25E2%2580%2599s-biblical-comedy-%25E2%2580%2598fish-eyes%25E2%2580%2599-avoids-pit-falls.html Playing the Bible for laughs can be dicey business. Offending the faithful with flippancy or falling comically flat with overly cautious reverence loom as risks to be]]> ‘Shear Madness’ at Potawatomi - A warm Milwaukee murder mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24192-%25E2%2580%2598shear-madness%25E2%2580%2599-at-potawatomi-a-warm-milwaukee-murder-mystery.html Paul Pörtner’s Shear Madness is a cozy little comedy currently running at The Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. A colorful ensemble of characters find themselves in a]]> Musical High School Horror with Theatre Unchained http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24193-musical-high-school-horror-with-theatre-unchained.html Theatre Unchained’s Milwaukee premiere of Carrie: The Musical persistently shies away from subtlety in an adaptation of the beloved Stephen King novel about a telekinetic student. Anna ]]> UWM’s ‘Anton in Show Business’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24194-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598anton-in-show-business%25E2%2580%2599.html A sign posted onstage at the UW-Milwaukee theater department’s production of Anton in Show Business read, “Do something about it or get the fuck out!” Jane Martin’s]]> Theatre Gigante Updates ‘Othello’ - Timely take on Shakespeare at Kenilworth Studio http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24191-theatre-gigante-updates-%25E2%2580%2598othello%25E2%2580%2599-timely-take-on-shakespeare-at-kenilworth-studio.html A Milwaukee Rep World Premiere - Empathy for ‘all the terrible things’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24149-a-milwaukee-rep-world-premiere-empathy-for-%25E2%2580%2598all-the-terrible-things%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Untying Boulevard Theatre’s ‘Gidion’s Knot’ - Provocative parent-teacher at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24150-untying-boulevard-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598gidion%25E2%2580%2599s-knot%25E2%2580%2599-provocative-parent-teacher-at-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-center-for-the-arts.html
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Renaissance Theaterworks’ Civil War Love Story - Amelia takes to the battlefield searching for her man http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24151-renaissance-theaterworks%25E2%2580%2599-civil-war-love-story-amelia-takes-to-the-battlefield-searching-for-her-man.html Carrie’s Telekinetic Rage on Stage - Theatre Unchained’s production of Stephen King http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24114-carrie%25E2%2580%2599s-telekinetic-rage-on-stage-theatre-unchained%25E2%2580%2599s-production-of-stephen-king.html In the market for some Halloween-season thrills? A cautionary tale for bullies? Ideas for making use of all that spare pig blood you have lying around? Look no further than Theatre Unchained’s production of Carrie: The ]]> The Rep’s ‘Color Purple’ - Mark Clements assembles first-rate cast for timely story http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24115-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598color-purple%25E2%2580%2599-mark-clements-assembles-first-rate-cast-for-timely-story.html Time flies by—literally—in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 61st season opening production of The Color Purple, based on the widely acclaimed novel by Alice Walker]]> The Greatness of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ - In Tandem’s excellent ensemble performance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24116-the-greatness-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-glass-menagerie%25E2%2580%2599-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-excellent-ensemble-performance.html The Glass Menagerie, In Tandem’s season opener, remains one of the most elusive of Tennessee Williams’ works, lacking the overt neurotic aggressiveness that so]]> Boulevard Theatre Goes the Distance with ‘Pal Joey’ - Rodgers and Hart classic at South Milwaukee PAC http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24117-boulevard-theatre-goes-the-distance-with-%25E2%2580%2598pal-joey%25E2%2580%2599-rodgers-and-hart-classic-at-south-milwaukee-pac.html Boulevard Theatre’s season opener finds the troupe on the move—literally. And the change of scenery served the company well last weekend in its limited run of the]]>