Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Hilarious Whodunnit and ‘Dirty Shorts’ - Umbrella Group’s punchy holiday offerings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24566-hilarious-whodunnit-and-%25E2%2580%2598dirty-shorts%25E2%2580%2599-umbrella-group%25E2%2580%2599s-punchy-holiday-offerings.html Umbrella Group and playwright Neil Haven’s two-part theatrical extravaganza is a great holiday selection and a triumph of hilarity. Who Killed Santa?, now in its sixth reprisal, features delightful hand-and-rod puppets created by Dan Katula and brought to life by five premier Milwaukee actors]]> Boulevard Theatre and Plymouth Chorale in ‘A Concert of Note’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24567-boulevard-theatre-and-plymouth-chorale-in-%25E2%2580%2598a-concert-of-note%25E2%2580%2599.html Last weekend, Boulevard Theatre and Plymouth Chorale staged a two-performance concert inspired by three literary figures. A Concert of Note was a classy fusion between theatrical text and the distinct music of collective voices. It was a sharply rendered program, a well-modulated meeting between a local choral group and ]]> Family Fun at Sunset Playhouse - A modernized ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24525-family-fun-at-sunset-playhouse-a-modernized-%25E2%2580%2598miracle-on-34th-street%25E2%2580%2599.html “Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.” This is the guiding message of Miracle on 34th Street, a show about Santa Claus on trial for lunacy in a modern world more ]]> Another Glorious ‘Christmas Carol’ - Milwaukee Rep returns with holiday classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24526-another-glorious-%25E2%2580%2598christmas-carol%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-rep-returns-with-holiday-classic.html Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol returns once more to the Pabst Theater. This is the 39th year that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has staged this big-budget production]]> UWM Theatre’s ‘Giants Have Us in Their Books’ - Six shorts in an intimate space http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24527-uwm-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598giants-have-us-in-their-books%25E2%2580%2599-six-shorts-in-an-intimate-space.html In addition to being a provocative program of shorts, José Rivera’s Giants Have Us In Their Books provides an interesting range of different moods and emotions for actors. This makes it an ]]> Milwaukee’s Newest Theater Company - All In Productions debuts with ‘The Last Five Years’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24528-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-newest-theater-company-all-in-productions-debuts-with-%25E2%2580%2598the-last-five-years%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Dramatic Works, Assorted Music - Acacia Theatre’s ‘Peculiar People’ showcases various authors and composers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24491-dramatic-works-assorted-music-acacia-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598peculiar-people%25E2%2580%2599-showcases-various-authors-and-composers.html “It’s the greatest story ever told, from different perspectives,” says Acacia Theatre’s artistic director of Peculiar People, Janet Peterson. “It’s the story of Christmas through the eyes of those who were there first, from the serious reflections of Mary and Joseph to the amusing observations of]]> First Stage Brilliantly Brings ‘Rudolph’ to Life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24469-first-stage-brilliantly-brings-%25E2%2580%2598rudolph%25E2%2580%2599-to-life.html
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In Tandem’s Trip to the Holidays with ‘Cudahy Carolers’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24470-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-trip-to-the-holidays-with-%25E2%2580%2598cudahy-carolers%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Laughing at the Black Death - Quasimondo presents ‘Buboes’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24471-laughing-at-the-black-death-quasimondo-presents-%25E2%2580%2598buboes%25E2%2580%2599.html
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‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]’ - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s satisfying production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24452-%25E2%2580%2598the-complete-works-of-shakespeare-%2528abridged%2529-%255Brevised%255D%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-chamber-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-satisfying-production.html The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) continues to be popular decades after it debuted. Locally, such diverse groups as Soulstice Theatre, The World’s Stage Theatre and the ]]> Powerful Pooka at the Powerhouse Theater - Milwaukee Rep presents ‘Harvey’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24453-powerful-pooka-at-the-powerhouse-theater-milwaukee-rep-presents-%25E2%2580%2598harvey%25E2%2580%2599.html “I wrestled with reality for over 40 years and I’m happy to say I finally won out over it.” So says Elwood, friend to the giant rabbit pooka, Harvey, when questioned by psychiatric doctors. Mary]]> Doubting the Right Thing - ‘Freedom High’ considers the sacrifices of civil rights workers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24454-doubting-the-right-thing-%25E2%2580%2598freedom-high%25E2%2580%2599-considers-the-sacrifices-of-civil-rights-workers.html Hollywood clings to proven conventions, lazy as they can be, and there are few it has milked harder in recent years than the White Savior: the noble Caucasian who heroically stands up for a]]> The Timeless Battle of the Sexes - UWM’s ‘Lysistrata’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24455-the-timeless-battle-of-the-sexes-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598lysistrata%25E2%2580%2599.html Two and half millennia ago, the comic Greek playwright Aristophanes questioned the lengths to which men will go for sex, and the resulting play remains hilarious and pertinent today. Lysistrata]]> The Magic and Meaning of Christmas - Sunset Playhouse presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24460-the-magic-and-meaning-of-christmas-sunset-playhouse-presents-%25E2%2580%2598miracle-on-34th-street%25E2%2580%2599.html Valentine Davies’ novel Miracle on 34th Street was made popular by George Seaton’s 1947 black-and-white film adaptation featuring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and a young Natalie Wood. Sunset Playhouse will share in the magic of this holiday classic by performing ]]> Skylight Music Theatre’s Yellow Brick Road - Captivating production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24451-skylight-music-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-yellow-brick-road-captivating-production-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-wizard-of-oz%25E2%2580%2599.html The lights dim and images of clouds are rendered upon the Cabot Theatre’s curtain before its rise. We are introduced to all the familiar characters within a 1930s Dust Bowl setting and then, as we]]> 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 ]]>