Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Sunset dazzles with Gypsy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23686-sunset-dazzles-with-gypsy.html  Sunset Playhouse’s production of Gypsy is chock full of all the flashy, gaudy and bombastic pageantry one would expect from the celebrated musical by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, while staying true to the original intention of Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs and conveying a

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Two Nights Only: A Staged Reading of ‘The Chalk Garden’ - Boulevard Theatre’s final show at its Bay View location http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23664-two-nights-only-a-staged-reading-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-chalk-garden%25E2%2580%2599-boulevard-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-final-show-at-its-bay-view-location.html

 Often cited as a key factor in the revival of the Kinnickinnic business district and a kick-starter of the Bay View renaissance, Boulevard Theatre—founded by Artistic Director Mark Bucher nearly 30 years ago—presents a staged reading of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden to serve as the

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Austen’s Inquiries Still Sizzle - Acacia presents ‘Persuasion’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23659-austen%25E2%2580%2599s-inquiries-still-sizzle-acacia-presents-%25E2%2580%2598persuasion%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Using Jennifer Le Blanc’s recent award-winning adaptation, Acacia Theatre presents an engaging production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The script fluidly combines direct address and dialogue to keep the audience abreast of the characters’ locations and intricate social and familial ties. Although there were some

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Aggressive, Dark Comedy Downtown http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23660-aggressive-dark-comedy-downtown.html

 Umbrella Group brings the Milwaukee premiere of God of Carnage to life in an aggressively clever little combustion that lights up the Downtown Milwaukee theater scene. A deft cast slices through Yasmina Reza’s dark, destructive comedy. Under the direction of Bo Johnson, four talented actors swiftly articulate the

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Quasimondo’s ‘Animal Farm’ - Deliciously uncomfortable barnyard theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23621-quasimondo%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598animal-farm%25E2%2580%2599-deliciously-uncomfortable-barnyard-theater.html


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‘Persuasion’ in Mequon - Acacia Theatre presents Jane Austen’s last novel http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23622-%25E2%2580%2598persuasion%25E2%2580%2599-in-men-acacia-theatre-presents-jane-austen%25E2%2580%2599s-last-novel.html

Jennifer Le Blanc’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, winner of the Silicon Valley Small Theatre Association 2013 Standout New Works Award, is praised for preserving the author’s intellect and wit and Acacia Theatre Company will present this rich version of Austen’s last

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Brand New Theater in Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23598-brand-new-theater-in-milwaukee.html Umbrella Group Milwaukee, the city’s newest theater company, was founded in May by a handful of Milwaukee’s premier acting and directing talents: Bo Johnson, Libby Amato, Anna Figlesthaler, Matt Wickey, Jason Will and Erin Eggers. The organization was formed with the mission

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The Year of Wishful Striving - APT’s Sara Day enacts Joan Didion’s memoir with intensity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23585-the-year-of-wishful-striving-apt%25E2%2580%2599s-sara-day-enacts-joan-didion%25E2%2580%2599s-memoir-with-intensity.html

 The audience laughed at the line: “You know when they assign you a social worker you’re in trouble.” But humor often hangs uneasily in American Players Theatre’s staging of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical

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Trimborn Farm Hosts Quasimondo - ‘Animal Farm’ takes to Milwaukee County historical site http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23554-trimborn-farm-hosts-quasimondo-%25E2%2580%2598animal-farm%25E2%2580%2599-takes-to-milwaukee-county-historical-site.html

 Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre will close out its second season with Brian Rott’s original theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Rott, Quasimondo’s founding artistic director, will also be directing the show that he says “walks a brilliant line between silly and

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Charlie Brown Grown Up - A simmering end to Splinter Group’s season http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23511-charlie-brown-grown-up-a-simmering-end-to-splinter-group%25E2%2580%2599s-season.html

 Splinter Group’s final performance of the season is a tour de force. Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a humorous but hard-hitting imagining of the “Peanuts” gang as high schoolers, replete with teen pregnancy, drug use, partying and the kind of bullying that can lead to tragedy

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A ‘Winter’s Tale’ for the Summer - Optimist takes Shakespeare to the park http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23512-a-%25E2%2580%2598winter%25E2%2580%2599s-tale%25E2%2580%2599-for-the-summer-optimist-takes-shakespeare-to-the-park.html

 Optimist Theatre celebrates summer with The Winter’s Tale. One of Shakespeare’s most uneven works is as pleasantly disorienting as ever in a free outdoor production overlooking the Milwaukee skyline. Mark Corkins and Tom Reed star as longtime friends torn apart by suspicion of adultery. Corkins has great capacity

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Theatre Happening: American Players Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23522-theatre-happening-american-players-theatre.html  American Players Theatre (APT) stages three shows in the coming weeks. Opening on June 21 is Much Ado About Nothing, a play considered to be one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. And opening on June 28 are the infamous Romeo & Juliet and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

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Another Moving Piece by Playwright Mamet - Alchemist to stage ‘Oleanna’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23446-another-moving-piece-by-playwright-mamet-alchemist-to-stage-%25E2%2580%2598oleanna%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Alchemist Theatre is excited to present David Mamet’s provoking drama Oleanna, which focuses on a seemingly innocent conversation between a student and professor about a grade that quickly explodes into a battle of political correctness, misconceptions and action vs. intention. Making

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On Final Curtains and New Beginnings - Soulstice stages a Sondheim classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23447-on-final-curtains-and-new-beginnings-soulstice-stages-a-sondheim-classic.html  Soulstice Theatre closes its season with Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s classic Follies. Set at a showgirls’ reunion in a New York theater slated for demolition, the story centers on two couples, the wives

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Touching Lives ‘On Golden Pond’ - Sunset Playhouse’s nostalgic production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23448-touching-lives-%25E2%2580%2598on-golden-pond%25E2%2580%2599-sunset-playhouse%25E2%2580%2599s-nostalgic-production.html  Touching on such familiar themes as growing old, dying and living with regret, Sunset Playhouse’s On Golden Pond takes a tried-and-true plot and finds a way to keep it fresh, fun and entertaining. The scene is

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Pink Banana’s Study in Imperfection - ‘The Honeymoon is Over’ in 8 shorts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23449-pink-banana%25E2%2580%2599s-study-in-imperfection-%25E2%2580%2598the-honeymoon-is-over%25E2%2580%2599-in-8-shorts.html  Pink Banana Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The latest in the company’s many shorts programs is populated with characters whose relationships may be at an end. One Acts 2014: The

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Arthur Miller on the Bridge - Waukesha Civic jumpstarts the ’50s-era tragedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23450-arthur-miller-on-the-bridge-waukesha-civic-jumpstarts-the-%25E2%2580%259950s-era-tragedy.html  Arthur Miller’s 1955 A View from the Bridge may seem a bit dated today, although the Waukesha Civic Theater’s production jumpstarts the tragedy’s energy with a spritely series of serviceable performances

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‘Phaedra’s Love’ on World Stage - Brief, brutal and filthy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23375-%25E2%2580%2598phaedra%25E2%2580%2599s-love%25E2%2580%2599-on-world-stage-brief-brutal-and-filthy.html

 Phaedra’s Love is as brief as it is brutal. The World’s Stage Theatre Company’s production of the Sarah Kane drama finds its home in an improvised space at the Shops of Grand Avenue through

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Bringing Together Eight Original Plays - Pink Banana Theatre’s One Acts Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23376-bringing-together-eight-original-plays-pink-banana-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-one-acts-festival.html  It’s Pink Banana Theatre’s One Acts Festival season again! This year’s theme: “The Honeymoon is Over.” More than 160 plays—the most the theater has ever received—were submitted from all over the country and Pink Banana chose eight unique pieces to create this year’s festival

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’60s Spirit Alive and Onstage - Skylight’s production of the decade-defining ‘Hair’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23330-%25E2%2580%259960s-spirit-alive-and-onstage-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-production-of-the-decade-defining-%25E2%2580%2598hair%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Skylight Music Theatre closes its revolution

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Comic yet Darkly Charismatic ‘Giovanni’ - Off the Wall revisits the classic libertine tale http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23331-comic-yet-darkly-charismatic-%25E2%2580%2598giovanni%25E2%2580%2599-off-the-wall-revisits-the-classic-libertine-tale.html

 Dale Gutzman puts together an entertaining comedic drama with Off the Wall Theatre’s latest, Giovanni. Jeremy C. Welter plays the mythic 14th-century libertine with a degree of pompous flare. Welter stops short of a stylishly comic exaggeration of the Don Juan persona, but he has more than enough presence to keep the

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A Youthful ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - First Stage’s Young Company gets a taste of tragedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23332-a-youthful-%25E2%2580%2598romeo-and-juliet%25E2%2580%2599-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-young-company-gets-a-taste-of-tragedy.html

 First Stage’s Young Company production of Romeo and Juliet did justice to the drama and served as an education for much of its cast. Shakespeare’s tragedy was enacted at the Rosa Parks Auditorium at Golda Meir School right around the corner from the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Set, lighting and costuming were

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A Multidisciplinary Romp in the Woods - Theatre Gigante revamps ‘Midsummer’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23286-a-multidisciplinary-romp-in-the-woods-theatre-gigante-revamps-%25E2%2580%2598midsummer%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Theatre Gigante’s Midsummer in Midwinter, is a well-crafted and -executed new take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through dialogue, music and dance. Artistic Directors Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson wrote the script, drawing inspiration from the original but giving it a

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I Hear a Musical Hybrid - Skylight’s premiere of Daron Hagen’s new production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23287-i-hear-a-musical-hybrid-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-premiere-of-daron-hagen%25E2%2580%2599s-new-production.html

 Written especially for the Skylight Music Theatre and directed by the composer Daron Hagen, I Hear America Singing arrives as something of a mixed bag. It’s described as a hybrid of musical and opera, and purports to be a reinvention of traditional ballads and with adaptations of poems by

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Nancy Drew to the Rescue - First Stage’s spirited rendition of the teen detective http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23256-nancy-drew-to-the-rescue-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-spirited-rendition-of-the-teen-detective.html

 No doubt about it, Nancy Drew was a gal ahead of her time. The famed teen detective of the 1930s sparked the imaginations of millions of young girls who longed to experience Nancy’s

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Sunset Playhouse Hates Hamlet? - Making light of a classic drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23257-sunset-playhouse-hates-hamlet-making-light-of-a-classic-drama.html  The Sunset Playhouse continues its season with Paul Rudnick’s 1991 light comedy I Hate Hamlet. Sunset does considerable justice to the script. Mitch Weindorf is suitably charismatic as Andrew, a

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A Show that Changed Broadway Musicals - Skylight presents Tony Award-winning ‘Hair’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23263-a-show-that-changed-broadway-musicals-skylight-presents-tony-award-winning-%25E2%2580%2598hair%25E2%2580%2599.html  “We’re reminding the audience to question why war exists, why are we sending young people to war, whose responsibility is that and when is that going to end?” says Stage Director Ray Jivoff of Skylight Music Theatre’s final Cabot show, Hair. These overriding topics of conversation

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Reconstructing a Shakespeare Classic - ‘Midsummer in Midwinter’ at Theatre Gigante http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23223-reconstructing-a-shakespeare-classic-%25E2%2580%2598midsummer-in-midwinter%25E2%2580%2599-at-theatre-gigante.html

 Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson, co-artistic directors of Theatre Gigante and seasoned playwrights with close to 30 works to their names, are staging an inspired comedic take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “When we look at classics and change them, it’s the running

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Addressing Domestic Violence - UWM Presents 'Surviving The Cycle' at Kenilworth http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23193-addressing-domestic-violence-uwm-presents-surviving-the-cycle-at-kenilworth.html  Surviving the Cycle, a play written and directed by Richard Gustin, recently completed five performances at the Kenilworth Studio 508 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The play was a cross-disciplinary production focusing on abusive relationships with a cast made up of UWM

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A Slice of Life in 1978 Texas - In Tandem's '1959 Pink Thunderbird' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23212-a-slice-of-life-in-1978-texas-in-tandems-1959-pink-thunderbird.html

 In Tandem Theatre closes its 16th season with James McLure’s 1959 Pink Thunderbird, two short plays performed back-to-back. Laundry and Bourbon (directed by Jane Flieller) is about three women living in 1978 Maynard, Texas, and Lone Star (directed by Chris Flieller) is about three men

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