Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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]]> World Premiere at Windfall Theatre - Search for identity with Louise Zamparutti’s ‘Identita’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24118-world-premiere-at-windfall-theatre-search-for-identity-with-louise-zamparutti%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598identita%25E2%2580%2599.html Windfall Theatre opens its season with a drama about one man’s search for cultural and personal identity as it presents the world premiere of Louise Zamparutti’s ]]> The Rhythm and Reverence of Everyday Life - Helfaer celebrates ‘home’ with ‘Our Town’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24119-the-rhythm-and-reverence-of-everyday-life-helfaer-celebrates-%25E2%2580%2598home%25E2%2580%2599-with-%25E2%2580%2598our-town%25E2%2580%2599.html Marquette University’s Helfaer Theatre chose the theme of “home” to celebrate its 40th anniversary and opened the season with Thornton Wilder’s exploration of ]]> ‘Gideon’s Knot’ at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts - Boulevard Theatre makes its next move http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24076-%25E2%2580%2598gideon%25E2%2580%2599s-knot%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-center-for-the-arts-boulevard-theatre-makes-its-next-move.html Gideon’s Knot, Boulevard Theatre’s second production as a company on the road. Bucher saw the play in a]]> Rep’s World Premiere at Stiemke Studio - The bullies (and ‘after all the terrible things I do’) http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24077-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-world-premiere-at-stiemke-studio-the-bullies-%2528and-%25E2%2580%2598after-all-the-terrible-things-i-do%25E2%2580%2599%2529.html after all the terrible things I do]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre finds ‘The Good Father’ - Midwest premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s intimate play http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24047-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-finds-%25E2%2580%2598the-good-father%25E2%2580%2599-midwest-premiere-of-christian-o%25E2%2580%2599reilly%25E2%2580%2599s-intimate-play.html
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Next Act’s ‘Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter’ - Deliciously moody comic drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24048-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598welcome-home-jenny-sutter%25E2%2580%2599-deliciously-moody-comic-drama.html Next Act Theatre plays host to a tender portrayal of a family of emotionally fractured people with Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. Directed by Deborah Staples, Julie Marie Myatt’s script is a deliciously moody comedic shuffle across a small stage. Chelsea D. Harrison dances with shadows and subtlety in her portrayal of the title]]> Off The Wall: ‘Cabaret’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24049-off-the-wall-%25E2%2580%2598cabaret%25E2%2580%2599.html Off The Wall Theatre opens its season with a dark, sensual reimagining of Kander and Ebb’s Broadway classic, Cabaret. In the theater’s limited space, director Dale Gutzman stages a haunting spectacle of glitz, glamour and gall with a clever and sardonic spin that forces his audience deep into the deliciously sinful netherworld ]]> A Night of Magic, Revelry and Remembrance - MPT celebrates 40 years, steampunk style http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24050-a-night-of-magic-revelry-and-remembrance-mpt-celebrates-40-years-steampunk-style.html Milwaukee Public Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary with the “Steampunk Circus of Metamorphosis.” The event transformed the company’s space in the Shops of Grand Avenue into a 19th-century carnival with wandering]]> Christie’s Suspense Stands the Test of Time - Sunset stages a classic murder mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24027-christie%25E2%2580%2599s-suspense-stands-the-test-of-time-sunset-stages-a-classic-murder-mystery.html Sunset Playhouse opens its season with Agatha Christie’s enduring classic, The Mousetrap. Running continuously since its 1952 debut, this grandmother of all modern murder mysteries ]]> Addams Family Romance - Ghouls onstage at Theatre Unchained http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24028-addams-family-romance-ghouls-onstage-at-theatre-unchained.html Charles Addams never could have imagined the franchise he was creating when he first began sketching a tight-knit family of ghoulish eccentrics for The New Yorker. Since those earliest comics]]> Next Act’s ‘Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter’ - Addressing contemporary issues in a lighthearted way http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23994-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598welcome-home-jenny-sutter%25E2%2580%2599-addressing-contemporary-issues-in-a-lighthearted-way.html Longtime Milwaukee Repertory Theater resident company member Deborah Staples makes her directorial debut at Next Act Theatre, bringing to the stage Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter by Julie Marie Myatt. “This play took me over. I wanted to tell this story; I needed to tell this story,” says ]]> Seven Sketches of Devilish Delight - Alchemist features Jason Powell and Doug Jarecki http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23989-seven-sketches-of-devilish-delight-alchemist-features-jason-powell-and-doug-jarecki.html A Cooperative Compression of Chekhov - Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s ‘The Seagull’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23990-a-cooperative-compression-of-chekhov-cooperative-performance-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-seagull%25E2%2580%2599.html Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s dramatic compression of The Seagull cleverly distills Anton Chekhov’s exhaustive four-act play into a sharp 63 minutes. Much detail is lost, but writer/director Don Russell manages to juggle a diverse ensemble in a way that makes the most of every]]>