Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Circe and Cyclops in Milwaukee - Off the Wall Theatre presents ‘Odyssey’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25315-circe-and-cyclops-in-milwaukee-off-the-wall-theatre-presents-%25E2%2580%2598odyssey%25E2%2580%2599.html Off the Wall Theatre Artistic Director Dale Gutzman and classics scholar John Angelos have created a new stage version of Homer’s Odyssey that incorporates film, special effects, giant balloons, hun]]> Theatre Happenings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25316-theatre-happenings.html Schauer Arts and Activities Center In Church Basement Ladies 5: The Last (Potluck) Supper, playwright Greta Grosch’s final installment of the Church Basement Ladies series, the church is having its]]> Shadowy Echoes of Beloved Animation http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25287-shadowy-echoes-of-beloved-animation.html The live-action touring musical adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast might not be haunting in all the appropriate places. The strangest example of this is Chip, the boy who has been magically]]> ‘Great Expectations’ at Acacia Theatre - A journey of self-growth, friendship and forgiveness http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25288-%25E2%2580%2598great-expectations%25E2%2580%2599-at-acacia-theatre-a-journey-of-self-growth-friendship-and-forgiveness.html Acacia Theatre Company’s production of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is thoughtful, engaging and well executed. Each actor embraces his or her character(s) to the fullest, offering beautiful]]> Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Delightful ‘Mikado’ - Reinvigorating the Gilbert and Sullivan classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25284-milwaukee-opera-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-delightful-%25E2%2580%2598mikado%25E2%2580%2599-reinvigorating-the-gilbert-and-sullivan-classic.html ]]> The Stackner Gets ‘Dirty’ - A trip to Chicago with ‘Low Down Dirty Blues’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25286-the-stackner-gets-%25E2%2580%2598dirty%25E2%2580%2599-a-trip-to-chicago-with-%25E2%2580%2598low-down-dirty-blues%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> An Emotionally Open ‘Stop Kiss’ - Heroic contemporary romance with Theatrical Tendencies http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25272-an-emotionally-open-%25E2%2580%2598stop-kiss%25E2%2580%2599-heroic-contemporary-romance-with-theatrical-tendencies.html Theatrical Tendencies delicately coaxes disarmingly open emotions onstage with Stop Kiss. Diana Son’s tender exploration of the complexities of romantic love finds a deeply engaging home on the intimate stage of Soulstice Theatre as Mark Neufang directs a romantic drama that is compellingly brought to life by Amanda ]]> Quasimondo Down on ‘Avenue A’ - Painfully honest offering from Milwaukee Physical Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25273-quasimondo-down-on-%25E2%2580%2598avenue-a%25E2%2580%2599-painfully-honest-offering-from-milwaukee-physical-theatre.html Contrary to Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre’s previous offerings, its latest venture, Avenue A, is emotive and toned down; unsheathing the stigmatization surrounding mental illness, incarceration, education and poverty. The production is not light entertainment by any means, being painfully honest ]]> Fully Immersive Theatre - ‘MKE Carries’ reflects on Milwaukee life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25274-fully-immersive-theatre-%25E2%2580%2598mke-carries%25E2%2580%2599-reflects-on-milwaukee-life.html ]]> Theatre Happenings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25275-theatre-happenings.html ]]> Humanizing the Oval Office - The Rep presents ‘Five Presidents’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25242-humanizing-the-oval-office-the-rep-presents-%25E2%2580%2598five-presidents%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> ‘The Nerd’ Returns to Milwaukee - Sunset Playhouse’s production of the comedy classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25243-%25E2%2580%2598the-nerd%25E2%2580%2599-returns-to-milwaukee-sunset-playhouse%25E2%2580%2599s-production-of-the-comedy-classic.html ]]> ‘Another Tale of Eddie’ at Alchemist - Lies and Lives in the Shadow of the CBGB http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25244-%25E2%2580%2598another-tale-of-eddie%25E2%2580%2599-at-alchemist-lies-and-lives-in-the-shadow-of-the-cbgb.html ]]> UWM’s Beautiful Rendition of ‘Little Women’ - A story of strength, following dreams and love http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25198-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-beautiful-rendition-of-%25E2%2580%2598little-women%25E2%2580%2599-a-story-of-strength-following-dreams-and-love.html UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts’ theater, music and dance departments joined forces March 4-8 to bring audiences a captivating performance of Little Women: The Musical. The intimate Five-0-Eight Theatre was a perfect location for the show, which delves into the close ]]> ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ at Cream City Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25206-%25E2%2580%2598who%25E2%2580%2599s-afraid-of-virginia-woolf%25E2%2580%2599-at-cream-city-theater.html Founded in 2014 by Katherine Beeson, Cream City Theater is a small, independent company focused on offering audiences plays that are new, different or have not been done in the Milwaukee area for many years. The company’s upcoming show is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a story]]> Rick Cleveland’s ‘Five Presidents’ at The Rep - Also, Skylight’s world premiere of ‘The Snow Dragon’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25160-rick-cleveland%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598five-presidents%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-rep-also-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-world-premiere-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-snow-dragon%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> An Exuberant Middle-School Odyssey - First Stage’s ‘Big Nate’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25134-an-exuberant-middle-school-odyssey-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598big-nate%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Milwaukee’s Neil Haven returns with a World Premiere - In Tandem stages ‘Come Back’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25135-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-neil-haven-returns-with-a-world-premiere-in-tandem-stages-%25E2%2580%2598come-back%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Chamber Theatre stages Fugard’s ‘The Train Driver’ - Emotional Gravity in a Graveyard for the Nameless http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25136-chamber-theatre-stages-fugard%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-train-driver%25E2%2580%2599-emotional-gravity-in-a-graveyard-for-the-nameless.html
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Societal Insight, Anime Style - Quasimondo’s ‘Kamikaze Cute-Sauce’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25090-societal-insight-anime-style-quasimondo%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598kamikaze-cute-sauce%25E2%2580%2599.html
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UWM’s Intimate Showing of ‘Little Women’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25115-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-intimate-showing-of-%25E2%2580%2598little-women%25E2%2580%2599.html UW-Milwaukee Theatre’s upcoming show, Little Women: The Musical, is part of the program’s Five-O-Eight Series, which is devoted to projects where the performers are the focus. The intimate space itself is a performance lab and features a spare approach to visual elements.]]> A Bumpy Kind of Carnage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25081-a-bumpy-kind-of-carnage.html ]]> ‘The Liar’ at Marquette - A hilarious script featuring a solid cast http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25039-%25E2%2580%2598the-liar%25E2%2580%2599-at-marquette-a-hilarious-script-featuring-a-solid-cast.html ]]> Humorous Interrogation of Public Education - Windfall stages ‘Prin’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25041-humorous-interrogation-of-public-education-windfall-stages-%25E2%2580%2598prin%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Soulstice’s Pop Opera - An intimate romantic high school drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25040-soulstice%25E2%2580%2599s-pop-opera-an-intimate-romantic-high-school-drama.html ]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents ‘The Train Driver’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25066-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-presents-%25E2%2580%2598the-train-driver%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Deborah Staples Shines in The Rep’s ‘Amish Project’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25038-deborah-staples-shines-in-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598amish-project%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> ‘Funny Money’ at Waukesha Civic Theater - A fast-paced, quick-witted farce filled with hilarity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24993-%25E2%2580%2598funny-money%25E2%2580%2599-at-waukesha-civic-theater-a-fast-paced-quick-witted-farce-filled-with-hilarity.html ]]> Reza’s ‘God of Carnage’ Returns to Milwaukee - A comedy about manners and promptly forgetting them http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25025-reza%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598god-of-carnage%25E2%2580%2599-returns-to-milwaukee-a-comedy-about-manners-and-promptly-forgetting-them.html
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Splinter Group Stages a Single Mood in Three Parts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24991-splinter-group-stages-a-single-mood-in-three-parts.html ]]> ‘The Amish Project’ featuring Deborah Staples - An historical fiction about Nickel Mines http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24902-%25E2%2580%2598the-amish-project%25E2%2580%2599-featuring-deborah-staples-an-historical-fiction-about-nickel-mines.html ]]> Arts Education Center Stage - Next Act’s ‘No Child’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24903-arts-education-center-stage-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598no-child%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the Caribbean? - Skylight Music Theatre presents the delightful ‘Once on this Island’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24904-%25E2%2580%2598romeo-and-juliet%25E2%2580%2599-in-the-caribbean-skylight-music-theatre-presents-the-delightful-%25E2%2580%2598once-on-this-island%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> First Steps at First Stage - Kids are the stars in ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24905-first-steps-at-first-stage-kids-are-the-stars-in-%25E2%2580%2598goldilocks-and-the-three-bears%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Playing ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ - James Pickering stars in Renaissance Theaterworks production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24805-playing-%25E2%2580%2598the-kreutzer-sonata%25E2%2580%2599-james-pickering-stars-in-renaissance-theaterworks-production.html
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No Easy Answers for ‘Good People’ - Milwaukee Rep stages Lindsay-Abaire’s masterful play with a solid cast http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24806-no-easy-answers-for-%25E2%2580%2598good-people%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-rep-stages-lindsay-abaire%25E2%2580%2599s-masterful-play-with-a-solid-cast.html
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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ - Sunset Playhouse explores fear, freedom, friendship http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24807-%25E2%2580%2598one-flew-over-the-cuckoo%25E2%2580%2599s-nest%25E2%2580%2599-sunset-playhouse-explores-fear-freedom-friendship.html Originally a novel—adapted for the stage in 1963 and later made into the award-winning film—One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has firmly established itself as an]]> Splinter Group Premieres ‘3 For The Road’ - Powerful story about finding life’s deeper meaning http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24808-splinter-group-premieres-%25E2%2580%25983-for-the-road%25E2%2580%2599-powerful-story-about-finding-life%25E2%2580%2599s-deeper-meaning.html Splinter Group presents the world premiere of Tony DiMurro’s 3 For The Road. “The premise of the show is an exploration of three individuals who struggle with a haunting desire to escape their lives,” says Splinter Group’s artistic director and co-director of the show, Jim Farrell. “3 For The ]]> Marti Gobel Portrays 16 Characters in One-Woman Show - Next Act presents Milwaukee premiere of ‘No Child’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24766-marti-gobel-portrays-16-characters-in-one-woman-show-next-act-presents-milwaukee-premiere-of-%25E2%2580%2598no-child%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Art and Life, Indivisible - Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Beautiful Music All Around Us’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24767-art-and-life-indivisible-milwaukee-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598beautiful-music-all-around-us%25E2%2580%2599.html Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s The Beautiful Music All Around Us is a journey through the American South’s musical history led by Grammy-nominee Stephen Wade, who combines the intellectual excitement of a dedicated scholar with the unabashed emotional expressivity of a folk demigod. The show is drawn from]]> First Stage Presents Jerry Spinelli’s ‘Star Girl’ - A new girl in a strange high school http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24768-first-stage-presents-jerry-spinelli%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598star-girl%25E2%2580%2599-a-new-girl-in-a-strange-high-school.html First Stage celebrates individualism with its latest show. The intricate Y York adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl thoughtfully comes to life under the direction of John Maclay. The story involves a homeschooled girl attending high school for the first time. Video screens featuring announcements from the fictitious high school]]> Laura Gordon Stars in ‘Good People’ - Milwaukee Rep stages Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony-winning drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24724-laura-gordon-stars-in-%25E2%2580%2598good-people%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-rep-stages-lindsay-abaire%25E2%2580%2599s-tony-winning-drama.html The Milwaukee Repertory Theater brings yet another powerful play to the Quadracci Powerhouse—David Lindsay-Abaire’s socially charged, Tony-nominated Broadway production Good People. “There are far too few plays being written about class in America. This is probably the finest]]> Renaissance Theaterworks’ Telling of Love, Jealously and Murder - ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ featuring James Pickering http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24725-renaissance-theaterworks%25E2%2580%2599-telling-of-love-jealously-and-murder-%25E2%2580%2598the-kreutzer-sonata%25E2%2580%2599-featuring-james-pickering.html Renaissance Theaterworks presents the Midwest premiere of Irish playwright Nancy Harris’ adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name, The Kreutzer Sonata. This one-man drama features James Pickering as the main character Pozdnyshev, as well as pianist Colleen Schmitt and ]]> ‘Stargirl’ at First Stage - Jerry Spinelli’s moving story of peer pressure http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24690-%25E2%2580%2598stargirl%25E2%2580%2599-at-first-stage-jerry-spinelli%25E2%2580%2599s-moving-story-of-peer-pressure.html Keeping with the company’s mission of embracing and celebrating the individual, First Stage is mounting Y York’s adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s novel Stargirl. This moving story explores the beauties and challenges of being the new kid at school and making friends while also retaining ]]> The Valley of the Dolls Lives http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24691-the-valley-of-the-dolls-lives.html The Off The Wall Theatre opens 2015 with Dale Gutzman’s stage adaptation of the cult classic film Valley of the Dolls. The show pieces together scattered bits of comedy and drama in an often]]> Milwaukee Premiere of Cole Porter Classic - ‘Anything Goes’ at the Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24662-milwaukee-premiere-of-cole-porter-classic-%25E2%2580%2598anything-goes%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-marcus-center.html Welcome to the S.S. American, an ocean liner on a transatlantic cruise with Reno Sweeney (Emma Stratton), Billy Crocker (Brian Krinsky), Hope Harcourt (Rachelle Rose Clark), Moonface Martin (Dennis Setteducati) and Erma (Mychal Phillips) onboard. The lot of them get caught up in a ]]> Live Parody of ‘Valley of the Dolls’ - Dale Gutzman’s outrageous comedy at Off the Wall http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24629-live-parody-of-%25E2%2580%2598valley-of-the-dolls%25E2%2580%2599-dale-gutzman%25E2%2580%2599s-outrageous-comedy-at-off-the-wall.html Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls was a smashing success and became the number-one bestselling novel of 1966 per Publishers Weekly. It was then adapted into a film in 1967 and, though it was deemed a flop by critics, gained a cult following. It was re-released ]]> ‘The Last Five Years’ at Next Act - Two people falling in and out of love http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24630-%25E2%2580%2598the-last-five-years%25E2%2580%2599-at-next-act-two-people-falling-in-and-out-of-love.html
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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 ]]> 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]]> Stackner Cabaret’s Country & Western Show - ‘Doyle & Debbie’ offers torch, twang and comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23971-stackner-cabaret%25E2%2580%2599s-country-western-show-%25E2%2580%2598doyle-debbie%25E2%2580%2599-offers-torch-twang-and-comedy.html Take one has-been country music star, then shake and stir up with his new perky, chirpy singing partner (all of six weeks) and you have the side splittin’ comedic concoction called The Doyle & Debbie Show. This high-energy parody of “old school” country western music duos opened at The]]> Waukesha Civic’s ‘The Sound of Music’ - Unique version of the evergreen musical http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23930-waukesha-civic%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-sound-of-music%25E2%2580%2599-unique-version-of-the-evergreen-musical.html Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaborative musical The Sound of Music continues to capture hearts young and old via Broadway, movies, live TV and theater showings. The stage musical version is particularly meaningful to Waukesha Civic Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director John]]> Murder in the Brumder Mansion - Milwaukee landmark a classy setting for ‘Dial M’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23892-murder-in-the-brumder-mansion-milwaukee-landmark-a-classy-setting-for-%25E2%2580%2598dial-m%25E2%2580%2599.html Triumvirate Theatricals and Milwaukee Entertainment Group stage a classy production of Dial M For Murder at the Brumder Mansion this month. The 1950s thriller stars Randall T. Anderson as a]]> World’s Stage’s Dark Intellectual Comedy - Local premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Seminar’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23893-world%25E2%2580%2599s-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-dark-intellectual-comedy-local-premiere-of-theresa-rebeck%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598seminar%25E2%2580%2599.html The World’s Stage Theatre Company hosts the Wisconsin premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar. The dark ensemble comedy engages intellectually from the stage of an intimate studio ]]> The Funny Side of Country Western - Milwaukee Rep presents ‘The Doyle & Debbie Show’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23894-the-funny-side-of-country-western-milwaukee-rep-presents-%25E2%2580%2598the-doyle-debbie-show%25E2%2580%2599.html “I thought this piece, when I saw it, was the funniest piece I’ve seen in a very]]> ‘Dog Sees God’ in Waukesha - Outskirts Theatre’s inaugural performance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23841-%25E2%2580%2598dog-sees-god%25E2%2580%2599-in-waukesha-outskirts-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-inaugural-performance.html Carroll University undergraduate student Ryan Albrechtson and his peers were asked to create a fictional arts organization over the course of a semester in a fine arts administration class and Albrechtson, who fully connected with the project, took the next step and realized it this year as]]> Angela Iannone’s ‘Master Class’ - Chamber Theatre’s magnificent season opener http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23817-angela-iannone%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598master-class%25E2%2580%2599-chamber-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-magnificent-season-opener.html Maid Marian as Action Hero - A new kind of ‘Lady in Waiting’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23818-maid-marian-as-action-hero-a-new-kind-of-%25E2%2580%2598lady-in-waiting%25E2%2580%2599.html Playwright/actress Liz Shipe deftly juggles action, comedy and drama with her latest. A Lady in Waiting relates a variation on the Robin Hood legend told from the perspective of a capable, independent Maid Marian and her companion, Aria]]> Renaissance Theaterworks’ New Program - Focus on supporting Midwest female playwrights http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23819-renaissance-theaterworks%25E2%2580%2599-new-program-focus-on-supporting-midwest-female-playwrights.html Renaissance Theaterworks is excited to kick off a new playwriting initiative called Brink! with the debuts of The Griots by Gwendolyn Rice and Janet Burroway’s Parts of Speech. Created by RTW’s Artistic Associate Mallory Metoxen, Brink! is dedicated to developing and advancing ]]> Theater Happenings: Aug. 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23774-theater-happenings-aug-7.html  American Players Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s enduring classic The Seagull, a family drama about Arkadina, a famous actress, and her son, Konstantin, an aspiring playwright living in her shadow. Of Chekhov, Director John Langs, says, “This doctor-turned-writer sees us as we are: our

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A Fast-Paced ‘Phantom of the Opera’ - Sterling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical at the Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23735-a-fast-paced-%25E2%2580%2598phantom-of-the-opera%25E2%2580%2599-sterling-production-of-andrew-lloyd-webber%25E2%2580%2599s-musical-at-the-marcus-center.html

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Theater Happenings: July 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23736-theater-happenings-july-30.html  Commissioned to write an adventure play for Theatre Red, Milwaukee’s Liz Shipe delivered an unconventional reimagining of the well-known Robin Hood legend told through the eyes of Maid Marian’s servant, Aria. A Lady In Waiting includes Shipe as Marian, Zachary Thomas Woods as

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Theater Happenings: July 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23702-theater-happenings-july-24.html Halloween comes early thanks to Peninsula Players. The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful is a madcap romp that takes us on a journey through multiple settings in which two actors play eight characters of both sexes and take on more than 40 costume changes. The show runs July

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Off The Wall pleases with the dark, deviant ‘Rope’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23696-off-the-wall-pleases-with-the-dark-deviant-%25E2%2580%2598rope%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Defined by its sordid sensuality and macabre hedonism, Off the Wall Theatre’s intimate rendition of Rope, by Patrick Hamilton, tells the story of two gay college students who decide to commit motiveless and passionless murder, just to see if they can pull off the “perfect crime.

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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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Cinderella through the Ages - UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School finds Cinderella in every culture http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23213-cinderella-through-the-ages-uw-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-peck-school-finds-cinderella-in-every-culture.html

 The character of Cinderella, where humility becomes nobility and the downtrodden rise, may be as old as storytelling. Possibly, every major culture has its Cinderella story. Writer/director Robin Mello cleverly explores the history of the character with UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts

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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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Windfall Theatre travels to 'The Petrified Forest' - Capable production of Robert Sherwood’s 1930s drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22691-windfall-theatre-travels-to-the-petrified-forest-capable-production-of-robert-sherwood%25E2%2580%2599s-1930s-drama.html

 Windfall Theatre makes a trip to the edge of the desert with Robert Sherwood’s 1930s drama The Petrified Forest. The ensemble encounter set in a desolate roadside diner in Arizona is the story of a group of people who all seem emotionally restless in different ways. There’s a weighty depth to it that Windfall

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Making 'Evita' Come Alive - Short run was long on musical drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22654-making-evita-come-alive-short-run-was-long-on-musical-drama.html

 The national touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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When Old Lovers Meet - 'Shooting Star,' Boulevard’s intimate romantic comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22655-when-old-lovers-meet-shooting-star-boulevard%25E2%2580%2599s-intimate-romantic-comedy.html  In Steven Dietz’s intimate comedy Shooting Star, two former lovers cross paths years later in an airport. Stranded by a snowstorm, the still free-spirited Elena (Anita Domnitz) and the now suit-and-tie guy Reed (Jaime Jastrab) try to find their place in the world by reminiscing about the past

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Setting 'The Chairs' for Imaginary Guests - Ionesco’s absurdist farce at Alchemist Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22656-setting-the-chairs-for-imaginary-guests-ionesco%25E2%2580%2599s-absurdist-farce-at-alchemist-theatre.html  An old man and old woman live in lonely isolation on an island. They have invited “imaginary guests” to their ramshackle home and frantically put out more and more chairs as the “guests” arrive. They are “all” awaiting the arrival of the great Orator who will reveal the old man’s message, which will

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Milwaukee Chamber's Midwest Premiere - The family drama of 'October, Before I Was Born' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22657-milwaukee-chambers-midwest-premiere-the-family-drama-of-october-before-i-was-born.html  Somewhere in the midst of starring in Renaissance Theaterworks’ The Understudy, actor Ken T. Williams started rehearsing for the next play that would be produced on the same stage by a different company altogether. He’s switching from theater-centric comedy to a serious family drama as Milwaukee Chamber

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A Soldier and His Slaves - The Rep’s impressive post-Civil War drama ‘The Whipping Man’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22652-a-soldier-and-his-slaves-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-impressive-post-civil-war-drama-%25E2%2580%2598the-whipping-man%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Set in the South in the days after the Civil War, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s The Whipping Man concerns a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returning to his family estate. Two of the former slaves who had worked on the estate return to it as free men for entirely different reasons

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Milwaukee Chamber’s Midwest Premiere - The family drama of 'October, Before I Was Born' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22626-milwaukee-chamber%25E2%2580%2599s-midwest-premiere-the-family-drama-of-october-before-i-was-born.html

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Mamet on Race - 90 minutes of tension with Next Act http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22619-mamet-on-race-90-minutes-of-tension-with-next-act.html

 David Mamet constructs an intricate exploration of American prejudice and racial dynamics in Race. As produced by Next Act Theatre, it’s a tight little drama that grinds through 90 tense minutes with no intermission and little room to breathe. Jonathan Smoots plays a wealthy man accused of sexually assaulting a

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Death of a Sales Office - David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ goes Off the Wall http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22620-death-of-a-sales-office-david-mamet%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598glengarry-glen-ross%25E2%2580%2599-goes-off-the-wall.html  Glengarry Glen Ross is the second drama by David Mamet to open in Milwaukee in just over seven days. As his relatively recent drama Race makes it to the stage at Next Act Theatre, a Mamet classic resonates through one of the smallest stages in town. Glengarry is a look at the twitchy, emotional heart of capitalism

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Madcap Matrimonial Comedy - Theatre Unchained's 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22581-madcap-matrimonial-comedy-theatre-unchaineds-five-women-wearing-the-same-dress.html

 Currently playing at Theatre Unchained is Alan Ball’s comedy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Set during a Tennessee wedding reception, it tells the story of five bridesmaids getting to know each other as they duck in and out of a bedroom to avoid the party downstairs. Heartwarming and full of sizzling one-liners

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Woody Allen’s Crazy Comic Energy - Soulstice Theatre delivers the director’s funny take on art and reality http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22582-woody-allen%25E2%2580%2599s-crazy-comic-energy-soulstice-theatre-delivers-the-director%25E2%2580%2599s-funny-take-on-art-and-reality.html

Woody Allen’s God is a weird, existential farce that playfully examines the nature of theater at its essence. Soulstice Theatre continues a well-selected season with a staging of the show that captures some of the wild and irreverent energy of Allen’s script

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A Lively, Contemporary New York Musical - Skylight casts locally for 'In the Heights' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22583-a-lively-contemporary-new-york-musical-skylight-casts-locally-for-in-the-heights.html  When looking about for an ethnic cast for a big local production, major arts groups tend to search elsewhere for their talent. This is a pity, as it ignores the great talent right here in greater Milwaukee. It’s nice to see Skylight Music Theatre acknowledging this with some of its casting for its upcoming production of In the

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Woody Allen on the Meaning of Life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22547-woody-allen-on-the-meaning-of-life.html An actor playing a playwright sits onstage trying to figure out a good ending for a play. And since this is Woody Allen, things get a little weird from there. Originally published in 1975, Woody Allen’s God came around the time of films like The Sleeper and Love and Death. His work had a wild inventiveness about

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Having Fun with Theater - Renaissance Theaterworks sends up Broadway with 'The Understudy' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22533-having-fun-with-theater-renaissance-theaterworks-sends-up-broadway-with-the-understudy.html

 The theater world loves nothing better than to poke fun at itself. Playwright Theresa Rebeck obligingly accommodates with current production, The Understudy

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New Work Unfolds on an Intimate Stage - World’s Stage produces contemporary tragedy in 'Learner’s Permit' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22534-new-work-unfolds-on-an-intimate-stage-world%25E2%2580%2599s-stage-produces-contemporary-tragedy-in-learner%25E2%2580%2599s-permit.html

 The World’s Stage Theatre Company has been responsible for a relatively wide variety of shows since it was established in 2009. This past weekend the young group staged a new work by

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Judy Garland at the End of the Rainbow - The Rep’s excellent production of a star in decline http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22499-judy-garland-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-excellent-production-of-a-star-in-decline.html What is most likely to become legend? Our personal memories? The latest tabloid]]> Art, Celebrity and Corruption - Renaissance Theaterworks satirizes the state of the arts in 'The Understudy' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22502-art-celebrity-and-corruption-renaissance-theaterworks-satirizes-the-state-of-the-arts-in-the-understudy.html An Unusually Compelling Children’s Musical - ‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift’ at Marquette University http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22500-an-unusually-compelling-children%25E2%2580%2599s-musical-%25E2%2580%2598the-quiltmaker%25E2%2580%2599s-gift%25E2%2580%2599-at-marquette-university.html Based on Jeff Brumbaugh’s book, Alan J. Prewitt and Craig Bohmler’s children’s musical, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, is a remarkably concise and compelling story. As directed by Bo Johnson, the Marquette University staging is enjoyable and briskly paced. A cast of eight delivers the fantastic story of a king who wants everything

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No Comeback For Judy Garland in The Rep's 'End Of The Rainbow' - Last Days of a Legend http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22462-no-comeback-for-judy-garland-in-the-reps-end-of-the-rainbow-last-days-of-a-legend.html  Chicago actress Hollis Resnik plays the legendary Judy Garland in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s End of the Rainbow. The story opens in December of 1968 as the performer prepares for another comeback. Of course, as the title suggests, this is Garland just a few months before her untimely demise at the age of 47 as she

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Listening to Woody Guthrie http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22463-listening-to-woody-guthrie.html

 The Milwaukee Repertory Theater pays tribute to American folk music legend Woody Guthrie by presenting Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie. The touring show consists of a four-musician ensemble offering an entertaining, neat and concise look at the life of the man who has inspired so many others

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Mark Rothko Sees Red - Madison’s Forward Theater presents John Logan’s Tony winner http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22404-mark-rothko-sees-red-madison%25E2%2580%2599s-forward-theater-presents-john-logan%25E2%2580%2599s-tony-winner.html  When artist Mark Rothko asks his assistant, “What do you see?” he is asking himself the same question. When

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Off the Wall's Christmas Camp - Sci-Fi Meets Santa in ‘The Creature from the Black, Black Lagoon’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22405-off-the-walls-christmas-camp-sci-fi-meets-santa-in-%25E2%2580%2598the-creature-from-the-black-black-lagoon%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Dale Gutzman and his zany Off The Wall Theatre troupe have solidified their slippery, web-fingered grasp on holiday camp with their hilarious mashup, The Creature from the Black, Black Lagoon. Spoofing the 1954 film classic that has become its own parody

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Woody Guthrie on the Stackner Stage - The Rep brings folk music legend to life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22406-woody-guthrie-on-the-stackner-stage-the-rep-brings-folk-music-legend-to-life.html  Legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie led a remarkable life. His father had been a less than savory figure. His mother suffered from mental illness. He escaped his childhood Oklahoma during the dust bowl era and began to carve a name out for himself with a guitar and a social conscience. The Milwaukee

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Holiday at the Black Lagoon - Off the Wall’s Christmas horror spoof http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22365-holiday-at-the-black-lagoon-off-the-wall%25E2%2580%2599s-christmas-horror-spoof.html  What happens when a traditional holiday music show falls through for a theater company? If that company happens to be Off the Wall Theatre, the natural choice is to go with a musical spoof of ’50s horror films. We can only hope that local audiences are ready for Dale Gutzman’s The Creature from the Black,

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It’s a Wonderful Stage Show - Next Act stages a radio play of the Capra Christmas classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22354-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-wonderful-stage-show-next-act-stages-a-radio-play-of-the-capra-christmas-classic.html

 Few holiday films attract the kind of attention that Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life has enjoyed for about half

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Christmas at the Brumder Mansion - Heartwarming holiday show set in 1940s Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22355-christmas-at-the-brumder-mansion-heartwarming-holiday-show-set-in-1940s-milwaukee.html

 It’s exceedingly difficult to tell an original Christmas story. With Home For Christmas, playwright Liz Shipe does a solidly entertaining job of telling a story familiar enough to seem like a dramatic stage comedy that’s been around

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Alchemist Theatre Stuffs the Stocking - Something’s funny with Dickens http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22318-alchemist-theatre-stuffs-the-stocking-something%25E2%2580%2599s-funny-with-dickens.html  This month various funny people converge on the stage of the Alchemist Theatre for A Kick In The Dickens 2: More Stuff in the Stocking. The light evening of comedy is a breezy mix of improv games, sketch comedy and humorous songs

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Ibsen’s Odyssey in America - UW-Milwaukee stages ‘Gint’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22319-ibsen%25E2%2580%2599s-odyssey-in-america-uw-milwaukee-stages-%25E2%2580%2598gint%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Romulus Linney’s retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Peer Gynt neatly drops the epic story of Self into the context of early-20th-century Appalachia. In UW-Milwaukee’s production of Gint, we are asked to consider no less than what it means to be a fully developed individual

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It’s a Warm, Wonderful Life - Next Act’s take on the Frank Capra classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22320-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-warm-wonderful-life-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-take-on-the-frank-capra-classic.html ]]> The Funniest 'Christmas Carol' Ever? - The Rep brings music and comic relief to the holiday classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22275-the-funniest-christmas-carol-ever-the-rep-brings-music-and-comic-relief-to-the-holiday-classic.html

 Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns

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Celebrating the Holidays in ’80s Style - First Stage’s ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22276-celebrating-the-holidays-in-%25E2%2580%259980s-style-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-best-christmas-pageant-ever%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Talk about a gut-busting show! Opening night of First Stage Children’s Theater’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (performed by the “Cosby Cast” this

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A Triumph from Start to Finish - ‘Les Mis’ at Skylight Music Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22277-a-triumph-from-start-to-finish-%25E2%2580%2598les-mis%25E2%2580%2599-at-skylight-music-theatre.html

 Skylight Music Theatre continues to reach for higher creative heights with its stunning and innovative production of Les Misérables. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel

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Kicking the Dickens A Second Time - Alchemist Theatre returns with a new holiday favorite http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22281-kicking-the-dickens-a-second-time-alchemist-theatre-returns-with-a-new-holiday-favorite.html  The holidays tend to bring a lot of people out to see live performances. Big, established performing arts groups continue to deliver large, elaborate gifts to the theatergoing public. A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker are as popular as ever. The Alchemist Theatre returns to its success

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‘Noises Off’ Done Right - The Rep scores with Michael Frayn’s comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22241-%25E2%2580%2598noises-off%25E2%2580%2599-done-right-the-rep-scores-with-michael-frayn%25E2%2580%2599s-comedy.html

 Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is a clever comic script that requires an unsettling degree of comic precision on the part of everyone involved. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production solidly delivers the precision necessary for bringing the comedy to life. The ensemble is well balanced and finely tuned

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Bromantic Comedy with Heart and Teeth - Milwaukee Chamber’s ‘Things Being What They Are’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22242-bromantic-comedy-with-heart-and-teeth-milwaukee-chamber%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598things-being-what-they-are%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Things Being What They Are delivers lots of laughs along with insight into relationships, identity and male friendship in middle-class America. Written by a female playwright, Wendy MacLeod, this play is incisive in its treatment of male voices and

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‘Gint’ in Appalachia - UWM students stage a life’s immensity in a studio theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22245-%25E2%2580%2598gint%25E2%2580%2599-in-appalachia-uwm-students-stage-a-life%25E2%2580%2599s-immensity-in-a-studio-theater.html  The legend of Peer Gynt is an exhaustive, fantastical one. A ragged man becomes highly successful only to find his fortunes turn over the course of many, many years. It’s a long and winding journey based in Norwegian folklore. Many years after Henrik Ibsen crystallized the legend into a five-act play, American

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‘Bromance’ at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre - Two Men and Many More Laughs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22211-%25E2%2580%2598bromance%25E2%2580%2599-at-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-two-men-and-many-more-laughs.html Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Things Being What They Are has all the indicators of being a fun two-man show. Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach star in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of the contemporary piece by Wendy MacLeod. Schabach plays Bill, a man waiting for the arrival of his unfaithful

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Next Act Puts Groucho’s Life ‘In Revue’ - Marx and Moses Meet Again http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22203-next-act-puts-groucho%25E2%2580%2599s-life-%25E2%2580%2598in-revue%25E2%2580%2599-marx-and-moses-meet-again.html In Next Act Theatre’s Groucho: A Life in Revue, Milwaukee’s resident Marx for many years, Norman Moses, returns in yet another appearance in the role. The biographical sampling of the legendary comic’s work also features David Cecsarini as Chico and Chris Klopatek as Harpo]]> Theatre Gigante’s ‘A Little Business at the Big Top’ - High Storytelling Through Circus Arts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22204-theatre-gigante%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598a-little-business-at-the-big-top%25E2%2580%2599-high-storytelling-through-circus-arts.html  Theatre Gigante opened its 26th season with A Little Business at the Big Top and The Scottish…Play, two short plays developed by graduates of Paris’ Ecole Jacques Lecoq school of physical theater. Taken together, the works

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Next Act presents ‘A Life in Revue’ - Groucho Onstage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22165-next-act-presents-%25E2%2580%2598a-life-in-revue%25E2%2580%2599-groucho-onstage.html  Next Act Theatre puts together quite a cast as it brings Groucho: A Life In Revue to the stage. Norman Moses knows his way around the character, having had considerable experience in the role onstage. Next Act’s David Cescarini will play Chico. Chris Klopatek rounds out the central trio as Harpo. Klopatek is a

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Soulstice Presents ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ - Martin’s Madcap Musings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22166-soulstice-presents-%25E2%2580%2598picasso-at-the-lapin-agile%25E2%2580%2599-martin%25E2%2580%2599s-madcap-musings.html  Soulstice Theatre founder Char Manny marks her final production with the company in Steve Martin’s 1993 work, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Her direction is superb and one easily perceives the chemistry and sense of play between ensemble members who have collaborated frequently

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Marquette’s Deft Examination of ‘The Boys Next Door’ - Group Home Comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22167-marquette%25E2%2580%2599s-deft-examination-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-boys-next-door%25E2%2580%2599-group-home-comedy.html  Marquette University admirably tackles a challenging comedy with its production of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door. Set in Boston in the ’80s, it’s a comedy about men suffering from mental disabilities who live in a group home. They live on their own, watched over by a social worker who helps them manage the tricky

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Soulstice’s Meeting of the Minds http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22112-soulstice%25E2%2580%2599s-meeting-of-the-minds.html  It’s a really fun premise: One of the 20th century’s most influential artists hangs out at a French café with one of that century’s most influential scientific minds. Somewhere along the line, the single most successful solo recording act in history shows up to hang out as well in comedian Steve Martin’s hilarious Picasso at

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The Stackner Cabaret Turns Plaid - ‘Forever Plaid’ mixes classic songs with comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22105-the-stackner-cabaret-turns-plaid-%25E2%2580%2598forever-plaid%25E2%2580%2599-mixes-classic-songs-with-comedy.html

 It’s the ’60s and a crooner boy band—The Plaids—are on their way to their first big show. However, fate has a strange way of intervening when a school bus full of

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Pink Banana’s Internet Drama - A ‘Dark Play’ with a few bright points http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22106-pink-banana%25E2%2580%2599s-internet-drama-a-%25E2%2580%2598dark-play%25E2%2580%2599-with-a-few-bright-points.html

 Carlos Murillo’s Dark Play or Stories for Boys is the type of story about social networking that has been circulating since the dawn of the Internet. An adolescent

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Serious Clowning - An experimental troupe visits South Milwaukee PAC http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22063-serious-clowning-an-experimental-troupe-visits-south-milwaukee-pac.html

 Testifying to its commitment to offering diverse and innovative programming, the South Milwaukee PAC hosted the experimental Chicago performance troupe, 500 Clown. Employing improvisation, circus arts and mind-blowing physicality, 500 Clown strives to “create a charged environment” that places the performers

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Sunset Playhouse Inherits the Wind - Elm Grove company gives strong performance of an American classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22064-sunset-playhouse-inherits-the-wind-elm-grove-company-gives-strong-performance-of-an-american-classic.html

 Although modeled after the Scopes Monkey Trial, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s Inherit the Wind is really about ideological polarization. The Sunset Playhouse’s production of the classic drama harnesses some of the play’s continued relevance to some really good performances

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Pink Banana’s ‘Dark Play’ - Exploring identity and desire in a socially networked world http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22065-pink-banana%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598dark-play%25E2%2580%2599-exploring-identity-and-desire-in-a-socially-networked-world.html  This November, Pink Banana Theatre stages a production of a contemporary exploration into the nature of identity. In an increasingly complex world of social networking, personality and desire have become very liquid. Carlos Murrillo’s Dark Play or Stories For Boys casts a light into the fragmented world of a

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Forward Theater’s Sons of the Prophet - Milwaukee’s Angela Iannone stars in Madison production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22035-forward-theater%25E2%2580%2599s-sons-of-the-prophet-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-angela-iannone-stars-in-madison-production.html The trials and tribulations of a Lebanese-American family form the focal point of Sons of the Prophet, the first production this season by Madison’s Forward Theater Co. Stephen Karam’s comedy-drama offers an original voice 

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Renaissance Theaterworks' 'The Belle of Amherst' - 'My Business is to Sing' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22020-renaissance-theaterworks-the-belle-of-amherst-my-business-is-to-sing.html

 Renaissance Theaterworks opens its 21st season with William Luce’s one-woman show The Belle of Amherst, a close psychological study of Emily Dickinson. Actress Jenny Wanasek takes us through many events from the poet’s life, beginning with her adolescence and progressing through her twilight years when she

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Monkeys on Trial - 'Inherit the Wind' at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22021-monkeys-on-trial-inherit-the-wind-at-sunset-playhouse.html  In 1925, high school teacher John Scopes was found guilty of illegally teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school. The verdict was later overturned on a technicality, but not before attracting the kind of attention that is the inspiration for drama on stage and screen with Inherit the Wind. The ever-topical drama gets

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The Ghosts of Darkland County - John Mellencamp-Steven King comes to the Riverside http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21991-the-ghosts-of-darkland-county-john-mellencamp-steven-king-comes-to-the-riverside.html Shrek Sings! - First Stage presents the lovable green ogre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21966-shrek-sings_-first-stage-presents-the-lovable-green-ogre.html First Stage Children’s Theater, Anne Siegel, Shrek the Musical, William Steig, Conlan Ledwith, Jeff Frank]]> Unchaining the ‘Fawlty Towers’ - TV sitcom onstage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21967-unchaining-the-%25E2%2580%2598fawlty-towers%25E2%2580%2599-tv-sitcom-onstage.html

 Theatre Unchained presents a satisfying tribute to the 1970s TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. The John Cleese and Connie Booth sitcom is lovingly brought to stage in

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Jenny Wanasek as Emily Dickinson http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21957-jenny-wanasek-as-emily-dickinson.html

 Emily Dickinson lived to age 56. After her death, she became an extremely influential figure in American literary circles. During her lifetime, however, she had less than a dozen poems published and never really knew what kind of a mark she would make on the literary world. One wonders what she might have been

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‘Fawlty Towers’ on a small stage - Theatre Unchained presents British cult comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21944-%25E2%2580%2598fawlty-towers%25E2%2580%2599-on-a-small-stage-theatre-unchained-presents-british-cult-comedy.html  Theatre Unchained has had some solid success bringing classic British comedy to its intimate studio stage just south of downtown. Its production of Spamalot was an entertaining success. This weekend Theatre Unchained opens the second Fawlty Towers show in as many seasons. Under its original identity as Carte

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Alchemist searches for the killer in ‘Closing Night’ - Immersed in mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21920-alchemist-searches-for-the-killer-in-%25E2%2580%2598closing-night%25E2%2580%2599-immersed-in-mystery.html  The Alchemist Theatre plays host to a classy and immersive dramatic murder mystery game this October with Closing Night. The stage is everywhere as audience members circulate throughout the ground floor and basement of the building, looking through clues on the trail of a murder

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In Tandem’s ‘Burying the Bones’ - South Africa’s unquiet dead http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21921-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598burying-the-bones%25E2%2580%2599-south-africa%25E2%2580%2599s-unquiet-dead.html  In Burying the Bones at In Tandem Theatre, an apolitical housewife living in post apartheid South Africa tries to find out what happened to her husband who’s been missing for the past two years. His ghost haunts her repeatedly now, asking her to find his killer and bury his bones

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‘Venus in Fur’ At The Rep - Dominance and submission decoded http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21904-%25E2%2580%2598venus-in-fur%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-rep-dominance-and-submission-decoded.html

  Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Venus in Fur is a

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Mary McDonald Kerr Shines In MCT’s ‘The Detective’s Wife’ - One woman mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21905-mary-mcdonald-kerr-shines-in-mct%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-detective%25E2%2580%2599s-wife%25E2%2580%2599-one-woman-mystery.html In Keith Huff’s The Detective’s Wife, now playing at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Alice Conroy is a recently widowed framing shop owner determined to find out who killed her detective husband. An]]> Pitching for Broadway - UWM students stage a musical revue http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21906-pitching-for-broadway-uwm-students-stage-a-musical-revue.html  UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts’ theater program opens its first show this coming weekend. Last weekend, two students from the musical theater program presented a one-performance-only senior capstone project

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First Stage Presents ‘Shrek The Musical’ - A Big Monster on a small stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21907-first-stage-presents-%25E2%2580%2598shrek-the-musical%25E2%2580%2599-a-big-monster-on-a-small-stage.html  Author-cartoonist William Steig had a prolific career prior to publishing a story about a big green ogre going out to see the world. The book that was to launch a franchise came roughly half a century after Steig’s earliest work as an illustrator. His biggest success didn’t happen until after he hit 80 years of age. Shrek! was

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The Rep’s splendid production of 'Ragtime' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21857-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-splendid-production-of-ragtime.html

 The Milwaukee Rep’s eagerly anticipated production of Ragtime lives up to its promise as an exhilarating, lavishly produced musical version of E. L. Doctorow’s much-praised 1975 novel. As Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements aptly demonstrates, it’s all in the staging, here in a glamorously mounted production furnished

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The Truth Will Out - Next Act’s examination of a culture of dishonesty http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21858-the-truth-will-out-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-examination-of-a-culture-of-dishonesty.html

 The generative question for Jason Wells’ Perfect Mendacity was whether individuals trained in Method Acting could beat a polygraph test. Method Acting allows practitioners to generate emotions on cue through conditioned mental imagery. Employing these techniques, subjects could manipulate how their

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Immersive Horror Drama - Alchemist’s Paranormal Experience http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21860-immersive-horror-drama-alchemist%25E2%2580%2599s-paranormal-experience.html  Alchemist Theatre returns to interactive theater this October with Closing Night: A Wicked, Paranormal, Who-Dun-It Experience. Not actually traditional murder mystery dinner theater, the show unfolds in and around the Alchemist Theatre space as actors play actors and production personnel on the final night of a show

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Leaking Sensitive Secrets - Next Act performs ‘Perfect Mendacity’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21827-leaking-sensitive-secrets-next-act-performs-%25E2%2580%2598perfect-mendacity%25E2%2580%2599.html  The idea itself is engrossing. The fact that it’s an idea that forms a premise for a play being brought to the stage by Next Act Theatre makes it irresistible. The company’s staging of Jason Wells’ Perfect Mendacity stars Mark Ulrich as Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor who is being investigated

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Comical Domestic Disputes - Waukesha Civic Theatre welcomes ‘The Goodbye Girl’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21822-comical-domestic-disputes-waukesha-civic-theatre-welcomes-%25E2%2580%2598the-goodbye-girl%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Based on Neil Simon’s 1977 hit film of the same name, The Goodbye Girl opens with character Paula McFadden ruing her all-too-familiar luck with actor boyfriends. The former dancer returns home with her daughter, Lucy, only to find a letter from her married boyfriend with news that he’s abandoning them and their

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Three People Seen In Reverse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21823-three-people-seen-in-reverse.html

 There can be purity and simplicity in a play about a woman, her husband and her lover. Given the opportunity to breathe on an intimate studio theater stage, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal has emotional gravity to draw in an audience. Soulstice Theatre stages this gravity quite well in its current production.

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The Funny Side of Camelot - Theatre Unchained arrives with ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21780-the-funny-side-of-camelot-theatre-unchained-arrives-with-%25E2%2580%2598monty-python%25E2%2580%2599s-spamalot%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Monty Python’s Spamalot kicks off the inaugural season of Theatre Unchained at the former Carte Blanche Studios. Written by Python’s Eric Idle with John Du Prez, Spamalot adapts the surrealist troupe’s first feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, for Broadway

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Fly and the Battery Factory - Three shorts on Red Dot’s patio http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21781-fly-and-the-battery-factory-three-shorts-on-red-dot%25E2%2580%2599s-patio.html

Playwright Fly Steffens’ work acted as a theatrical suture between summer and autumn this month. Her shorts program Love Is A Horse With A Broken Leg Trying To Stand While 45,000 People Watch asserted itself on the back patio of the East Side’s unassumingly stylish Red Dot restaurant

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One Actor, One Director, One Script - Chamber Theatre presents ‘The Detective’s Wife’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21782-one-actor-one-director-one-script-chamber-theatre-presents-%25E2%2580%2598the-detective%25E2%2580%2599s-wife%25E2%2580%2599.html  At some point in the drama, protagonist Alice Conroy works out how many mystery books she had read over the course of her life. It’s a big number. She starts crunching the numbers and discovers how much of her waking life had been spent in fabricated mysteries rather than with her family. There may be irony here

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Movie to Musical to Waukesha http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21734-movie-to-musical-to-waukesha.html  At some point in the mid-1970s, playwright Neil Simon wrote a script said to have been partly inspired by the life of a young Dustin Hoffman. The title of the script was Bogart Slept Here. It was set to become a major motion picture titled The Goodbye Girl starring Robert De Niro. After some complications, it was

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‘39 Steps’ in The Park - A comic riff on Hitchcock http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21735-%25E2%2580%259839-steps%25E2%2580%2599-in-the-park-a-comic-riff-on-hitchcock.html

 The Phantom Cicada Theatre Company delivers a solidly comic evening of outdoor theater at summer’s end as it presents The 39 Steps. Drew Brhel directs a cast of four playing a great many roles in a briskly paced send-up of the 1930s Alfred Hitchcock spy story. William Bolz manages the right amount of wry humor in the

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Tony Bennett In Triplicate - Milwaukee Rep’s tribute to a great singer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21702-tony-bennett-in-triplicate-milwaukee-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-tribute-to-a-great-singer.html The Milwaukee Repertory Theater opens its cabaret season with a crisp, classy tribute to a great American singer, the still-performing Tony Bennett. What the production lacks in the actual presence of Bennett it more than makes]]> APT’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ - A modern adaptation in an intimate setting http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21703-apt%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598antony-and-cleopatra%25E2%2580%2599-a-modern-adaptation-in-an-intimate-setting.html

 Is there such a thing as an “intimate epic”? If so, then perhaps American Players Theatre’s production of Antony and Cleopatra fits the bill. This pared-down version of Shakespeare’s historical tragedy opened Aug. 17 in APT’s Touchstone Theatre

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‘39 Steps’ in Kettle Moraine State Park http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21704-%25E2%2580%259839-steps%25E2%2580%2599-in-kettle-moraine-state-park.html The story of The 39 Steps goes back to 1915. Scottish John Buchan wrote the adventure while languishing in bed with an ulcer. The story was serialized in a British magazine. Twenty years later Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a film, considered one of his greatest early pictures. Seven decades later, a comic stage

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Paying Tribute to Tony Bennett http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21664-paying-tribute-to-tony-bennett.html  Tony Bennett is still very much alive. The legendary singer has performed for well over half a century and still tours regularly. The winner of 17 Grammys and two Emmys has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. There’s little doubt that he’s continuing to perform because he loves to perform

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Alchemist Theatre’s ‘Burden of Being’ - Puppets, monsters and musical comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21665-alchemist-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598burden-of-being%25E2%2580%2599-puppets-monsters-and-musical-comedy.html

 Robby McGhee’s The Burden of Being is a light, quick musical. Michael David Stoddard plays a high school valedictorian with great potential who finds his ambition mixed up in the plans of others. As a part of his small town’s minority monster population, he is manifest onstage as a puppet. There are several others

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APT’s ‘All My Sons’ - Dark secrets in a jubilant America http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21666-apt%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598all-my-sons%25E2%2580%2599-dark-secrets-in-a-jubilant-america.html

 American Players Theatre does best what it loves most—exploring classic drama that offers a breadth and depth of intellect and emotion. This season one of APT’s best productions is Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which opened Saturday at the Spring Green Up-the-Hill Amphitheater

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Over the River and through Lapham Peak http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21630-over-the-river-and-through-lapham-peak.html  SummerStage of Delafield has picked some really good comedies for this summer. Early this season, the outdoor theater in Lapham Peak State Park played host to Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, set in rural America. Their staging of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was precisely the kind of light

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White or Off White? - Chamber Theatre explores the meaning of art http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21631-white-or-off-white-chamber-theatre-explores-the-meaning-of-art.html  What really constitutes “art”?  Market value?  Personal perception? The opinion of experts? Or are all these factors just in the eye of the beholder and the beholden? These and other questions are raised in the Milwaukee Chamber

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Hamlet’s Best Buddies - ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ in Spring Green http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21632-hamlet%25E2%2580%2599s-best-buddies-%25E2%2580%2598rosencrantz-and-guildenstern%25E2%2580%2599-in-spring-green.html  Life’s random cruelties drive the existential farce Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which opened last Saturday at American Players Theatre in Spring Green. But Tom Stoppard’s 1966 absurdist tragicomedy, based on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, owes more to Samuel

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Shakespeare Didn’t Need All Those Characters Anyway http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21591-shakespeare-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-need-all-those-characters-anyway.html  Kate Buckley, a founding member of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directs American Players Theatre’s late summer production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, opening this week in Spring Green. The theater’s

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Staccato Quirkiness - Boulevard’s debut of ‘Tigers Be Still’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21592-staccato-quirkiness-boulevard%25E2%2580%2599s-debut-of-%25E2%2580%2598tigers-be-still%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The Boulevard Theatre opens the 2013-2014 season with the Wisconsin premiere of Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still. The quirky comedy stars the charming Shannon Tyburski as a young woman trying to get her life off the

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Comedy Fest in Year Eight - Lots of laughter at Next Act http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21593-comedy-fest-in-year-eight-lots-of-laughter-at-next-act.html  The Milwaukee Comedy Festival returned for its eighth year Aug. 1-4 with Next Act’s theater space on South Water as a stylish venue for the proceedings. Once again, co-producers Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz put together an

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Serious Musical Puppet Comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21560-serious-musical-puppet-comedy.html  Robby McGhee has been very, very busy. A regular comedic performer with T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical), McGhee has also busied himself with a variety of other comic projects as well as a trip to New York with The

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A Fast Lesson in Shakespeare - SummerStage abridges the Bard http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21561-a-fast-lesson-in-shakespeare-summerstage-abridges-the-bard.html

 “The play’s the thing,” says Hamlet. In the case of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), “play” becomes “plays” as the SummerStage troupe in Delafield attempts to perform the Bard’s 15 comedies, 10

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‘Conjunction Junction’ Live - Soulstice rocks the Schoolhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21562-%25E2%2580%2598conjunction-junction%25E2%2580%2599-live-soulstice-rocks-the-schoolhouse.html

 A group of remarkably long-lived animated educational shorts gets another look this summer as Soulstice Theatre presents a staging of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Directed by Jillian Smith and Char Manny, the production holds

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How To Succeed In Elm Grove http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21509-how-to-succeed-in-elm-grove.html

 Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse reaches for something ambitious with its production of the durable hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The performance itself is a little rough around the edges musically

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‘Art’ and Friends at Chamber Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21511-%25E2%2580%2598art%25E2%2580%2599-and-friends-at-chamber-theatre.html  The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its 2013-2014 season with Yasmina Reza’s Art, a drama delving into the nature of art and human relations. It’s a fun story that features an intimate look at three characters played by

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A Comical Musical Manual - Sunset presents ‘How to Succeed in Business’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21481-a-comical-musical-manual-sunset-presents-%25E2%2580%2598how-to-succeed-in-business%25E2%2580%2599.html Like It in the Park - Optimist’s free Shakespeare show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21476-like-it-in-the-park-optimist%25E2%2580%2599s-free-shakespeare-show.html  Optimist Theatre returns this summer with another free, outdoor Shakespeare production. This time around, Optimist stages the show in Kadish Park’s amphitheater overlooking the downtown Milwaukee skyline

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Lear Laid Bare - Alchemist stages Shakespeare’s timeless tale http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21477-lear-laid-bare-alchemist-stages-shakespeare%25E2%2580%2599s-timeless-tale.html  Let’s see: adultery, betrayal, infidelity, murder, mutilation and the requisite sibling rivalry in a fight for power, lust and gold. Just another modern day reality TV show? Something to do with really, really desperate “housewives

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Shakespeare in Kadish Park http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21434-shakespeare-in-kadish-park.html  One of many plays by William Shakespeare to be staged in Wisconsin this summer, the Optimist Theatre’s As You Like It has the distinction of being perhaps the only one presented for free. Optimist has been doing a free outdoor

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Shakespearean Comedy in Baileys Harbor http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21435-shakespearean-comedy-in-baileys-harbor.html The intimate outdoor experience of Door Shakespeare comes in comedic and tragic moods this summer as it presents both Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost. The lesser known of the two, Love’s Labour’s Lost, is a light]]> APT: Dickens in America http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21436-apt-dickens-in-america.html  If history is to be believed, Charles Dickens was as much an actor as a writer, developing the characters in his novels before a mirror to get them just right before committing them to paper.

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Appreciation for Complexity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21362-appreciation-for-complexity.html Regaining her Sight - APT’s ‘Molly Sweeney’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21363-regaining-her-sight-apt%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598molly-sweeney%25E2%2580%2599.html

 If a 41-year-old Irish woman, blind since the age of 10 months, can regain her sight, she should be overjoyed. But Molly Sweeney, the title character of author Brian Friel’s play of the same name, is not so sure. What she

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‘King Lear’s’ Alchemical Close-Up http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21368-%25E2%2580%2598king-lear%25E2%2580%2599s%25E2%2580%2599-alchemical-close-up.html  The Alchemist Theatre’s intimate venue will host an epic classic, King Lear, in a space capable of amplifying the immediacy of human emotion, with an excellent cast. Milwaukee theater star Bo Johnson stars. Bringing a

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‘Hamlet’ in Spring Green http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21331-%25E2%2580%2598hamlet%25E2%2580%2599-in-spring-green.html  As programming choices go, Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is either one of the easiest or most difficult to make. On the one hand, Hamlet has instant recognition. Everyone read it in high school

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Two Great Shorts on a Program of Seven http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21332-two-great-shorts-on-a-program-of-seven.html  The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa continues its long-lived Original One Act Festival. With a minimal set against a Cream City brick backdrop, two and a half hours pass like 90 minutes. As with most shorts programs

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Playing the Game of Theater - Pink Banana’s One Act Plays http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21267-playing-the-game-of-theater-pink-banana%25E2%2580%2599s-one-act-plays.html

 As Pink Banana Theatre Company celebrates its Ninth Annual Festival of One Act Plays, the thematic name of the game is, well, games. Make that “Game Night.” Seven short one acts, ranging from 12 to 20 minutes

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Milwaukee Crime Drama at Eastbrook http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21268-milwaukee-crime-drama-at-eastbrook.html  Morningstar Productions' ends its season with Alan Atwood's Captive. The contemporary crime drama is set on Milwaukee's North Side. Deleono Johnson brings a satisfying complexity to the stage in the role of Clay

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‘The Foreigner’ Outdoors http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21269-%25E2%2580%2598the-foreigner%25E2%2580%2599-outdoors.html  Summer always brings theater outdoors. Many of the best places to see outdoor theater occur far from the metro area in touristy places like Spring Green and Door County, but there are a fair number of outdoor shows that

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Sunset’s Hole in One - Laughing all the way to the Fairway http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21196-sunset%25E2%2580%2599s-hole-in-one-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-fairway.html A timely, golf-themed farce is scoring a hole in one at Sunset Playhouse. The Fox on the Fairway is the perfect lighter fare for playgoers seeking clever characters, a screwball plot and the ugliest collection of golf sweaters]]> The Agony of Underpaid Labor - Mike Daisey on Steve Jobs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21197-the-agony-of-underpaid-labor-mike-daisey-on-steve-jobs.html  A few years back, monologist Mike Daisey investigated a factory in China where electronics are manufactured. Tying horror stories of labor in the factory with the story of Apple's legendary CEO, Daisey created The Agony

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‘Captive’ at Eastbrook Church http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21198-%25E2%2580%2598captive%25E2%2580%2599-at-eastbrook-church.html  A young man named Clay is involved in a crime. And so this young man is on the run from the law. He seeks refuge from the police in the home of an elderly woman named Tilly, and his life changes in a profound way

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Musical Fragments of Love - World Stage’s Song Cycle http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21156-musical-fragments-of-love-world-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-song-cycle.html

 This past weekend The World's Stage Theatre Company debuted a show that it will take to the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York next month. Waiting…a Song Cycle is a series of narrative songs with actors playing

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Old Time Comedy in Elm Grove - ‘Fox on the Fairway’ at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21157-old-time-comedy-in-elm-grove-%25E2%2580%2598fox-on-the-fairway%25E2%2580%2599-at-sunset-playhouse.html  Contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig has made quite a name for himself constructing stage sitcoms that feel like authentic sitcoms from another era. Taken completely out of context, his Lend Me A Tenor may as well have been

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The Tragic Side of Globalization - Mike Daisey vs. Steve Jobs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21116-the-tragic-side-of-globalization-mike-daisey-vs-steve-jobs.html  Mike Daisey's heart is in the right place. His 2010 monologue The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is a look into globalization as it impacts the lives of those living in squalor and working for almost nothing. Daisey's The Agony

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A Cramped Spider Woman http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21117-a-cramped-spider-woman.html

 Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman is a sharp musical theater exploration into the nature of human incarceration. The characters’ cinematic fantasies of life beyond the cell walls should contrast starkly with the

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Electra’s Deathless Tragedy - Theatre Gigante’s ancient tale of revenge http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21073-electra%25E2%2580%2599s-deathless-tragedy-theatre-gigante%25E2%2580%2599s-ancient-tale-of-revenge.html

 This month, Milwaukee theater veterans Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson stage an adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of Electra in their Theatre Gigante production. It's a tale of revenge that has echoed throughout

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First Stage Addresses the Shadows http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21074-first-stage-addresses-the-shadows.html

 First Stage’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian children's novel Gathering Blue is set in a world where the weak and disabled are left to die in the wilderness. A girl named Kira is afflicted with a twisted leg, but her gift for

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Comic Cloak And Dagger at Carte Blanche http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21075-comic-cloak-and-dagger-at-carte-blanche.html The story of Aphra Behn is one that could have easily been fabricated for the sake of a good story. In the 17th century, she was briefly married, traveled abroad and reputedly met an African slave leader. She returned to

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Singing Their Stories - Skylight Studio’s light-hearted finale http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21032-singing-their-stories-skylight-studio%25E2%2580%2599s-light-hearted-finale.html The Skylight Studio Theatre Series final production this season, Sing Me a Story, fits well into their concept of engaging audiences in closer interactions with the cast—a cabaret experience without food and drink]]> Three Sisters Before a Funeral - A comedy of social relations http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21033-three-sisters-before-a-funeral-a-comedy-of-social-relations.html

 The theater's nature as a highly social art form can mean delightful things for plays focusing on social relations between characters. British playwright Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water is a compelling look at the

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Juggling Jobs and a Baby - ‘Living Out’ sets the price for status http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21034-juggling-jobs-and-a-baby-%25E2%2580%2598living-out%25E2%2580%2599-sets-the-price-for-status.html  Boulevard Theatre ends its season with a thought-provoking look at class differences, “the price” of status and the sacrifices made in trying to balance work and family in Living Out. Lisa Loomer’s play centering on a nanny

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Dreaming of Escape - Off the Wall’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21036-dreaming-of-escape-off-the-wall%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598kiss-of-the-spider-woman%25E2%2580%2599.html  The 1976 novel Kiss of the Spider Woman isn't exactly the sort of story many would have expected to get a stage musical treatment. The story of imprisoned people in Argentina isn't the type of thing that cries out for song and

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A Comedy of Connection - In Tandem closes season with ‘Apartment 3A’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21004-a-comedy-of-connection-in-tandem-closes-season-with-%25E2%2580%2598apartment-3a%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Marked with sparklingly witty dialogue, Jeff Daniels' Apartment 3A is an enjoyable interpersonal comedy about the nature of meaningful human connection. In Tandem Theatre rounds out its season with a well-rendered version

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Musical Comedy History in Triplicate http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21005-musical-comedy-history-in-triplicate.html  Musical revues can be kind of repetitive. They add a nice contrast to the rest of what inhabits local stages, but the format can feel forced no matter how it's dressed up. The Harmonettes has some unique angles, however. The

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Smithereens’ Comedy of Desire - Toni Martin shines in ‘Spike Heels’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20953-smithereens%25E2%2580%2599-comedy-of-desire-toni-martin-shines-in-%25E2%2580%2598spike-heels%25E2%2580%2599.html

 A contemporary take on Pygmalion, Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels involves a woman who is learning from two different men. Each man wants something different from her

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Money for the Dogs? - ‘Lucky Stiff’s’ slapstick at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20954-money-for-the-dogs-%25E2%2580%2598lucky-stiff%25E2%2580%2599s%25E2%2580%2599-slapstick-at-sunset-playhouse.html

 Put together a down-on-his-luck shoe salesman and a $6 million inheritance from an unknown uncle with very specific instructions in his will, and you have the makings of a screwball comedy. Add strong casting, solid

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In Tandem’s Comic Existential Crisis http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20955-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-comic-existential-crisis.html  A woman loses her faith in God, men and PBS. OK, so that last one sounds a little weird if you don't know that she also works for PBS. This is the central sense of loss at the heart of Jeff Daniels' Apartment 3A. That unique sense

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Comedy of Manners - Jeeves resolves all at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20930-comedy-of-manners-jeeves-resolves-all-at-milwaukee-chamber-theatre.html  With Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre renders another compelling illustration of why P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Jeeves and Wooster continue to hold a distinctive appeal nearly a century after

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Meet Jackie Robinson - First Stage’s baseball time travel show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20931-meet-jackie-robinson-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-baseball-time-travel-show.html

 The First Stage Children’s Theater production of Jackie and Me is an inspirational tribute to Jackie Robinson, performed with the greatest of sincere intentions for a youthful audience. This is children’s theater and woe onto

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Musical Satire at Marquette http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20922-musical-satire-at-marquette.html  The story is set in a dystopian world. A recent drought has caused water to become very, very scarce. Now the simple act of using a toilet has become a challenge. Now every toilet in town is a pay toilet. If this sounds at all

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Jackie Robinson Onstage at the Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20882-jackie-robinson-onstage-at-the-marcus-center.html  Imagine what it might have been like to see Jackie Robinson debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The first black major league baseball player of the modern era was a herald of the civil rights movement—indeed, he was

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The Lonely Road to Mecca - Athol Fugard’s introspective, fantastical world http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20883-the-lonely-road-to-mecca-athol-fugard%25E2%2580%2599s-introspective-fantastical-world.html

 The play opens in a remote desert region of South Africa, where an Afrikaner (Dutch South African) widow has created a fantastical world inside and outside the house where she has lived for many years. The Renaissance

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The Dark Side of Grace? - Next Act’s exploration of heart and spirit http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20884-the-dark-side-of-grace-next-act%25E2%2580%2599s-exploration-of-heart-and-spirit.html  Craig Wright's Grace thrives on various elements of discomfort. Next Act Theatre deftly navigates its way through the uncomfortably odd angles of Wright's script in its production of this tragic drama

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Close-Up with Holmes, Watson and Moriarty http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20885-close-up-with-holmes-watson-and-moriarty.html  Michael Traynor and Max Hultquist return to the basement of the Brumder Mansion this month as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Elizabeth Shipe's Sherlock Homes and a Regrettable Engagement. Shipe's script features an

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Jeeves Returns - Chamber Theatre presents classic Wodehouse comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20860-jeeves-returns-chamber-theatre-presents-classic-wodehouse-comedy.html Hashtag Theater - Six short subjects at the Alchemist http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20804-hashtag-theater-six-short-subjects-at-the-alchemist.html

 “Hashtag Mayhem” is a well-paced program of theatrical shorts placed in the intimacy of the Alchemist Theatre by actor/playwright Jeffrey James Ircink. Six different stories move across the stage quite gracefully in two hours

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The Core of the Human Endeavor - Renaissance presents ‘The Road to Mecca’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20805-the-core-of-the-human-endeavor-renaissance-presents-%25E2%2580%2598the-road-to-mecca%25E2%2580%2599.html   Milwaukee theater veterans Jonathan Gillard Daly, Linda Stephens and Bri Sudia star in Renaissance Theaterworks' final show of the season. Suzan Fete directs the cast in a production of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca

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A Raisin at The Rep - Brilliant drama, outstanding performances http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20755-a-raisin-at-the-rep-brilliant-drama-outstanding-performances.html The Milwaukee Repertory Theater brings a great work of 20th-century American drama to the stage. Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun resonates with the kind of passion that has made]]> Guilt and Responsibility - Guilt and Responsibility http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20756-guilt-and-responsibility-guilt-and-responsibility.html  Arthur Goldman is a successful Manhattan industrialist, surrounded by his millions of dollars and a few loyal employees. But lurking in the shadows are also ghosts of his past, real and otherwise. Goldman is a Holocaust

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Anatomy of a Moment - Next Act performs Craig Wright’s dark comedy ‘Grace’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20757-anatomy-of-a-moment-next-act-performs-craig-wright%25E2%2580%2599s-dark-comedy-%25E2%2580%2598grace%25E2%2580%2599.html  Puerto Rico-born Craig Wright is probably best known as a television writer. The man who created “Dirty Sexy Money” has a Masters of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary and is also a playwright. His dark

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Light, Satisfying Musical Theatre - Skylight’s ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20739-light-satisfying-musical-theatre-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598pump-boys-and-dinettes%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Sometimes you don't want to have to watch anything particularly deep. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy light, classy rock in a musical theater setting. This month, Skylight Music Theatre responds to that desire

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Life Over the Tavern - Funny family drama at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20740-life-over-the-tavern-funny-family-drama-at-sunset-playhouse.html  Set in 1950s Buffalo, Over the Tavern is rooted in acclaimed playwright Tom Dudzick’s childhood experiences. Rudy, the 12-year-old protagonist, butts heads with the dogmatic Sister Clarissa as she tries to subdue his

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‘The Man in the Glass Booth’ - Off the Wall’s small stage drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20741-%25E2%2580%2598the-man-in-the-glass-booth%25E2%2580%2599-off-the-wall%25E2%2580%2599s-small-stage-drama.html  Earlier this season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Acacia Theatre looked at the Holocaust with the Rep's The Diary of Anne Frank, followed by Acacia's Irena's Vow. Both involved the terror of the concentration camps

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Baby Boomer Comedy - ‘Over the Tavern’ in Elm Grove http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20695-baby-boomer-comedy-%25E2%2580%2598over-the-tavern%25E2%2580%2599-in-elm-grove.html  Tom Dudzick's domestic comedy Over the Tavern is one of those period pieces that feels a bit chronologically ambiguous. It's been produced so many times since it first appeared in the mid-1990s that it scarcely

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Remembrance, Spirit and Faith - In Tandem’s ‘Beast on the Moon’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20696-remembrance-spirit-and-faith-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598beast-on-the-moon%25E2%2580%2599.html

 “There was—and there was not,” intones the elderly man in Armenian at the start and end of Beast on the Moon, Richard Kalinoski’s deeply affecting play about two survivors of the Armenian Genocide, which opened last

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Classic Cash at the Stackner - All music, no storyline http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20697-classic-cash-at-the-stackner-all-music-no-storyline.html It’s been close to a decade since Johnny Cash passed away. But his musical legacy lives on, most recently in the readapted musical, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, which opened at The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret last

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First Stage Thinks Pink http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20652-first-stage-thinks-pink.html Pinkalicious Pinkerton loves all things pink. So much so that she makes her entire world pink, including herself! And she finds the best way do it: eating pink cupcakes. And eating more pink cupcakes until….well, you can figure]]> Chamber Theatre’s Lintel Is Long Overdue http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20653-chamber-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-lintel-is-long-overdue.html

 All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big

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Romance at the Boulevard http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20654-romance-at-the-boulevard.html  The Boulevard Theatre's intimate stage plays host to romantic comedy once more as artistic director Mark Bucher stages the Milwaukee premier of Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance. Michael Weber is slightly inert as Ralph, a widower

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A Glimpse of What Milwaukee Theater Can Be - In Tandem’s ‘Beast on the Moon’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20655-a-glimpse-of-what-milwaukee-theater-can-be-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598beast-on-the-moon%25E2%2580%2599.html  Sometimes everything comes together on a production. Sometimes all of the elements of a show run together in just the right way. That's what seems to have happened prior to opening night with In Tandem Theatre's

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Think Pink with First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20627-think-pink-with-first-stage.html  It has often been said that one can have too much of a good thing. Nonetheless, people continue to go overboard with excess and the world ends up in the kind of trouble in which we currently find it. Variety can be very

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Android Act - Quasimondo’s robotic variety show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20628-android-act-quasimondo%25E2%2580%2599s-robotic-variety-show.html

 The Quasimondo's Robot Cabaret is a fun, little hit-or-miss variety show with a sci-fi robot theme to it. Featuring comedy, drama, dance and musical theater, aspects of the show aspire to more than the sum of their parts

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A Time for Loss - Strong performances in Windfall’s drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20629-a-time-for-loss-strong-performances-in-windfall%25E2%2580%2599s-drama.html  Windfall Theatre continues its season with the world premiere of Howard Goldstein's touching drama A Time To Live. Christopher Elst carries tremendous emotional strength in the story as a man whose wife has only months to live.

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Adventures in the Library - Milwaukee Chamber’s one-man show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20596-adventures-in-the-library-milwaukee-chamber%25E2%2580%2599s-one-man-show.html  James Ridge is a tall man who has been known to work alone. He's also one of Wisconsin’s most captivating actors. Several years ago he put in a particularly well-rendered performance as Charles Dickens in a one-man show that played in multiple venues. Ridge returns to center stage in a one-character production

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Catastrophic Good Fortune - Winning the lottery at Theatre Gigante http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20597-catastrophic-good-fortune-winning-the-lottery-at-theatre-gigante.html

 The fantasy of winning the lottery is so universal that it's easy to overlook as a subject for serious drama. Any attempt at exploring sudden, catastrophic wealth runs the risk of cliché. Hungarian playwright György Spiró

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Theatre Gigante’s Moving Target of Perfection - Plus: Theater Happenings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20567-theatre-gigante%25E2%2580%2599s-moving-target-of-perfection-plus-theater-happenings.html  Dreaming about something and living it are two completely different things. The fact that this premise has become a cliché is very telling about contemporary culture. Perfection is a moving target and we never seem satisfied. It's a deep-rooted cultural understanding that seems to be hammered into the very fabric

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The Clockmaker’s Dream - Next Act finds the heart of human connection http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20565-the-clockmaker%25E2%2580%2599s-dream-next-act-finds-the-heart-of-human-connection.html Stephen Massicotte's The Clockmaker is a delicate drama of narrative poetry. Events don't unfold in a linear fashion. They conform to a dreamlike logic of emotion that resonates through the heart of human connection. It's very, very difficult stuff to

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A Changing Neighborhood - ‘Clybourne Park’ brings social hilarity to the Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20566-a-changing-neighborhood-%25E2%2580%2598clybourne-park%25E2%2580%2599-brings-social-hilarity-to-the-rep.html


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Time and Drama with Next Act http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20525-time-and-drama-with-next-act.html To The Promised Land With First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20526-to-the-promised-land-with-first-stage.html First Stage creates an interesting historical contrast in Jonathan Gillard Daly's To The Promised Land. The story of life in Milwaukee for an African-American girl named Ruth during the civil rights movement fluidly alternates with the story of young Golda Meir as she grows up in Milwaukee earlier]]> Beautiful Class at Skylight http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20527-beautiful-class-at-skylight.html  Leslie Fitzwater stands onstage as legendary French diva Edith Piaf. There's a beautifully tragic tone to her voice. Notes cascade out into the theater. Rick Rasmussen's set strikes the same simple elegance as the singer herself and the singer she is playing. Clean, simple lines flow into the empty

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World's Stage Celebrates Martin McDonagh http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20492-worlds-stage-celebrates-martin-mcdonagh.html  This coming week, The World's Stage Theatre Company opens a couple of plays by contemporary U.K. playwright Martin McDonagh

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How It All Began - The Rep’s drama of communication http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20493-how-it-all-began-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-drama-of-communication.html

 In Catherine Trieschmann's How the World Began, Milwaukee Rep's Deborah Staples stars as a teacher who moves from New York to teach in the rural Midwest in the wake of a major natural disaster. She finds further difficulties

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Warm Up with the Lumberjacks - Sunset Playhouse’s popular Wisconsin comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20494-warm-up-with-the-lumberjacks-sunset-playhouse%25E2%2580%2599s-popular-wisconsin-comedy.html

 As the temperature drops outside, a good way to stay warm and entertained indoors is a visit to Sunset Playhouse’s production of Lumberjacks in Love (LiL)

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Lessons of Friendship and Respect - First Stage presents ‘Lois Ehlert’s Mole Hill Stories’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20458-lessons-of-friendship-and-respect-first-stage-presents-%25E2%2580%2598lois-ehlert%25E2%2580%2599s-mole-hill-stories%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The gentle, colorful fables of famed children’s author Lois Ehlert come to life in the world premiere of Mole Hill Stories, produced by First Stage in collaboration with Milwaukee’s Danceworks. The show is part of First Stage’s

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Musical Domestic Madness in Greendale http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20459-musical-domestic-madness-in-greendale.html

 Greendale Community Theatre delves into modern suburban middle-class drama as it presents the contemporary musical Next To Normal. Under the direction of Brian Bzdawka, the cast renders a very believable family dynamic

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Education on a Small Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20460-education-on-a-small-stage.html  Willy Russell's 1980 drama Educating Rita is a sharply clever look at two ends of the same culture in England. It reflects across the Atlantic with a perspective that is every bit as sharp here as over there. Renaissance

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Charming Guy, Tedious Magic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20423-charming-guy-tedious-magic.html

 Mentalist Marc Salem is performing a one-man show at the Stackner Cabaret called Mind Over Milwaukee. In this hour-and-a-half long program, Salem performs mentalist tricks involving prediction, thought, numbers, sleight of

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Science and Creation at the Stiemke Studio http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20424-science-and-creation-at-the-stiemke-studio.html  Things are wound pretty tight intellectually in an era increasingly fascinated with information and details. Different groups of people cling to different details trying to corner some kind of market on truth

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‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’ Onstage - Teaching children about mistakes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20386-%25E2%2580%2598lilly%25E2%2580%2599s-purple-plastic-purse%25E2%2580%2599-onstage-teaching-children-about-mistakes.html Everyone makes mistakes. It's the simplest fact. For many it's the first abstract lesson we learn. And it's one we seem to be learning in a different way every single day for the rest of our lives. The important thing isn’t whether]]> The Funny Side of Musicals - Improvising laughs at ComedySportz http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20387-the-funny-side-of-musicals-improvising-laughs-at-comedysportz.html  In light of musical theater's popularity, it's kind of surprising that it's not made fun of more often. This is where T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical comes in. Once per month at ComedySportz in Milwaukee, a group of talented

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Hollywood for the Holidays - A white Christmas at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20388-hollywood-for-the-holidays-a-white-christmas-at-sunset-playhouse.html  The Sunset Playhouse’s seasonal bon bon, “Hollywood Holidays,” is a compendium of movie tunes sung individually by four young performers. Yes, there is “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Baby,” as well as a lovely

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Lois Ehlert's Stories Brought To Life for Toddlers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20354-lois-ehlerts-stories-brought-to-life-for-toddlers.html  Milwaukee's Lois Ehlert has been a hugely successful author of children's books. Her life path seems well constructed: she got a degree in English and psychology from UW-Madison before going on to get an art degree

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Jane Austen’s Breathless Longing - Milwaukee Rep performs a heartfelt classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20355-jane-austen%25E2%2580%2599s-breathless-longing-milwaukee-rep-performs-a-heartfelt-classic.html

 The Milwaukee Repertory Theater glides into the New Year with a very precise staging of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Mark Healy's script does a pretty good job of distilling some 120,000 written words on the page to a

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Thank Heavens for Off the Wall - ‘Gigi’ sparkles in a small space http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20356-thank-heavens-for-off-the-wall-%25E2%2580%2598gigi%25E2%2580%2599-sparkles-in-a-small-space.html  Gigi is one of those old-fashioned storylines that hearkens back to a time when life was all about class systems and love was all about moving between them (preferably upward). Boy (Gaston) knows girl (Gigi). Boy starts to

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Christmas in Cudahy - In Tandem’s funny holiday favorite http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20322-christmas-in-cudahy-in-tandem%25E2%2580%2599s-funny-holiday-favorite.html You know it’s really Christmas time in Milwaukee, or at least in “da Sout Side,” when A Cudahy Caroler Christmas comes to visit In Tandem Theatre Company. And for those holiday partiers]]> Kicking the Dickens in Bay View - Alchemist’s Comic Alternative http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20323-kicking-the-dickens-in-bay-view-alchemist%25E2%2580%2599s-comic-alternative.html  Alchemist Theatre presents an improv comedy alternative to tired re-mountings of other Christmas shows that dominate many stages. A cast of five perform one hour of improv split into two acts. Act one contains short

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Coming of Age on the Small Stage - Off the Wall’s intimate ‘Gigi’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20324-coming-of-age-on-the-small-stage-off-the-wall%25E2%2580%2599s-intimate-%25E2%2580%2598gigi%25E2%2580%2599.html  A young girl trains to be a courtesan in France at the turn of the 20th century. She falls in love and gets married. A thoroughly unremarkable story—it's probably the type of thing that happened quite a lot back then. There's

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Alchemist Improvises Holiday Comedy - Finding new humor in the old Season http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20293-alchemist-improvises-holiday-comedy-finding-new-humor-in-the-old-season.html  Christmas sentiment is easy to fake. The holiday reserved for Dec. 25 is easily the single most clichéd of all. It's a strange amalgam of traditions that have congealed together over many, many years to form into something that’s

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Cartoon Darkness Live http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20268-cartoon-darkness-live.html Youngblood Theatre Company warms up December with a hot, aggressive little socio-political allegory that mixes dark comedy with darker drama, making for one of the most dreamlike trips to the theater in Milwaukee. Steve Yockey's Cartoon features a range of ensemble characters living under the oppressive totalitarian rule... 

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Red Nosed for the Holidays - Rudolph Returns to First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20247-red-nosed-for-the-holidays-rudolph-returns-to-first-stage.html

 The holidays are a great time to take children to the theater. The general wonder of the season

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Two Great Actresses, One Awful Script http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20248-two-great-actresses-one-awful-script.html  The relationship between master and student can be fascinating. Donald Margulies' Collected Stories attempts

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Cudahy Carolers Return http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20249-cudahy-carolers-return.html  As light and insubstantial a comedy as it is, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving. In Tandem Theatre has staged Anthony Wood's classic South Side holiday comedy many, many times over the

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Youngblood Brings ‘Cartoon’ to Life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20222-youngblood-brings-%25E2%2580%2598cartoon%25E2%2580%2599-to-life.html Skylight’s Warm Production of a Familiar Classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20214-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-warm-production-of-a-familiar-classic.html

 The Sound of Music is most remembered for its 1965 movie adaptation with golden-voiced Julie Andrews as Maria. However, the original 1959 stage production with the equally compelling Mary Martin had established a more

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Conversations in Hell - The Boulevard Presents Shaw’s ‘Don Juan’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20215-conversations-in-hell-the-boulevard-presents-shaw%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598don-juan%25E2%2580%2599.html Depth Beyond Sentiment - It’s a Wonderful Christmas at Next Act http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20216-depth-beyond-sentiment-it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-wonderful-christmas-at-next-act.html  A Google image search for "sentimental Christmas movie" pulls up many images from Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. Next Act Theatre does a brilliant job of bringing the sentimental story to the stage in a breathtakingly refreshing

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Milwaukee Chamber Presents ‘Collected Stories’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20183-milwaukee-chamber-presents-%25E2%2580%2598collected-stories%25E2%2580%2599.html  In collaboration with Madison's Forward Theater Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre unveils Donald Margulies’ drama Collected Stories. Milwaukee Chamber previously staged Margulies’ fascinating drama

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Raw Details Power Marquette’s ‘Women of Lockerbie’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20184-raw-details-power-marquette%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598women-of-lockerbie%25E2%2580%2599.html

 It is extremely difficult to wrap one's mind around the idea of losing a loved one to an act of terror. Playwright Deborah Brevoort attempts to express that pain in The Women of Lockerbie, a theatrical fusion of contemporary

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Remembering Phylis Ravel - Her Death is a Loss to Milwaukee Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20154-remembering-phylis-ravel-her-death-is-a-loss-to-milwaukee-theater.html  Phylis Ravel’s death from cancer on Nov. 6 at Mequon’s Horizon Hospice marks an irreplaceable loss. Almost single-handedly she created the Marquette University Theatre Department, gathering the current faculty

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Next Act Broadcasts ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20142-next-act-broadcasts-%25E2%2580%2598it%25E2%2580%2599s-a-wonderful-life%25E2%2580%2599.html  Philip Van Doren Stern was a 20th-century historian and editor who compiled short story collections and worked with the letters of such giants as Lincoln, Poe and Thoreau. He also wrote a 4,000-word short story called

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Pink Banana Harvests Dark Comedy in ‘Hothouse’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20127-pink-banana-harvests-dark-comedy-in-%25E2%2580%2598hothouse%25E2%2580%2599.html

 On your way into the theater, you sign in, receive a patient ID number and have your hand stamped by a charming man with a British accent. The man’s name is Lamb (played by Harry Loeffler-Bell). Lamb is an

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Marquette Examines Loss With ‘Women of Lockerbie’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20109-marquette-examines-loss-with-%25E2%2580%2598women-of-lockerbie%25E2%2580%2599.html  Debra Krajec directs The Women of Lockerbie, the next production in Marquette University theater’s season. The Deborah Brevoort drama, inspired by the tragic bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988

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Revisiting Anne Frank - The Rep’s Beautiful Production of a Timeless Classic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20076-revisiting-anne-frank-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-beautiful-production-of-a-timeless-classic.html

 A haunting testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of impending tragedy, The Diary of Anne Frank has lost none of its timeless appeal. The drama’s unobtrusive simplicity quietly displays the unavoidable...

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Perfection and Imperfection Chase Life and Death http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20077-perfection-and-imperfection-chase-life-and-death.html   As late October finds its way to November, The Quasimondo celebrates the spirit of the season with a stage adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree. A group of boys trick-or-treating run across a tree that seems...

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‘King Lear’ Opens UWM’s Mainstage Season http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20064-%25E2%2580%2598king-lear%25E2%2580%2599-opens-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-mainstage-season.html  UW-Milwaukee Theatre opens its Mainstage Theatre season with The Tragedy of King Lear. The production, in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, features an interesting mix of professional and student talent...

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‘Big’ Fun at First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20065-%25E2%2580%2598big%25E2%2580%2599-fun-at-first-stage.html

 There’s nothing small about the super-sized production of Big, the Musical at First Stage Children’s Theater. The cast is big, the production numbers are big and the special effects are big. This is a not-to-be-missed show...

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Renaissance’s ‘Enfrascada’ Conjures Comedic Rapport http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20066-renaissance%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598enfrascada%25E2%2580%2599-conjures-comedic-rapport.html  Renaissance Theaterworks opens its season with Tanya Saracho's engrossing comedy Enfrascada. It's a contemporary story of friendship between four women set in and around Chicago...

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‘Big’ Musical Heads to First Stage Children’s Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20015-%25E2%2580%2598big%25E2%2580%2599-musical-heads-to-first-stage-children%25E2%2580%2599s-theater.html Penny Marshall’s 1988 film Big was a huge success for everyone involved. Beginning next week, First Stage Children’s Theater looks to find similarly “big” success with the little ones... 

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Waukesha Civic’s Imaginative ‘James and the Giant Peach’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19984-waukesha-civic%25E2%2580%2599s-imaginative-%25E2%2580%2598james-and-the-giant-peach%25E2%2580%2599.html  Waukesha Civic Theatre teams with the Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) PlayMakers for the sixth consecutive year in an imaginative production of Roald Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach...

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‘The Alchemist Eye’ Seeks to Scare http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19985-%25E2%2580%2598the-alchemist-eye%25E2%2580%2599-seeks-to-scare.html  Aaron Kopec's horror stories at the Alchemist Theatre have collected quite a rogues' gallery over the years. Past villains have included Dracula, Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. This fall, Kopec delves into less familiar...

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Thrillingly Cold Precision in ‘The Nightmare Room’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19986-thrillingly-cold-precision-in-%25E2%2580%2598the-nightmare-room%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Koren Black's white, sterile set comes to a sharp point. In a way, it serves as the title character in the U.S. premiere of John Goodrum's The Nightmare Room, a satisfying thriller that opens the season for...

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In Tandem Premieres ‘The Nightmare Room’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19942-in-tandem-premieres-%25E2%2580%2598the-nightmare-room%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘Microcrisis’ Mines Laughs from Financial Collapse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19943-%25E2%2580%2598microcrisis%25E2%2580%2599-mines-laughs-from-financial-collapse.html  Mike Lew's Microcrisis is a deeply entertaining comedy about global finance. The interpersonal dynamics that drove the recent international financial collapse are succinctly played out in a fictional piece for the stage...

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Chamber Theatre’s Emotional ‘Broken and Entered’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19944-chamber-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-emotional-%25E2%2580%2598broken-and-entered%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Vern and Wally, adult brothers who haven’t lived together in years, return to cohabitate in their childhood home following their mother’s death. Outside, the neighborhood is falling apart, despite appearances of gentrification...

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Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa’s Furious ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19918-village-playhouse-of-wauwatosa%25E2%2580%2599s-furious-%25E2%2580%2598cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Anger takes many forms in the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof...

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Milwaukee Rep Visits ‘The Mountaintop’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19912-milwaukee-rep-visits-%25E2%2580%2598the-mountaintop%25E2%2580%2599.html  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a towering legend of the 20th century, a man whose voice still echoes in popular consciousness from recordings made decades ago. The man identified with civil rights...

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Skylight’s ‘Avenue Q’ Deserves a Hand http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19913-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598avenue-q%25E2%2580%2599-deserves-a-hand.html

  Skylight Music Theatre opened its season with Avenue Q, an adult, puppet-based musical that attempts the tricky feat of using comedy to delve into sophisticated themes. Under the direction of Donna Drake...

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Hansberry-Sands’ Inconsistent ‘Ceremonies’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19914-hansberry-sands%25E2%2580%2599-inconsistent-%25E2%2580%2598ceremonies%25E2%2580%2599.html   Lonne Elder III wrote Ceremonies in Dark Old Men more than 40 years ago, but its messages regarding the “rituals” people play out time and time again, regardless of the outcome, still resonate today...

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‘Man Like Hong Kong’ Remains a Mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19915-%25E2%2580%2598man-like-hong-kong%25E2%2580%2599-remains-a-mystery.html   A Man Like Hong Kong is Off the Wall Theatre’s current offering to the Euro-mystery genre, promising international intrigue steeped in a back story filled with dark secrets and displaying requisite stealth...

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Setting the Stage - The Hard Work Behind the Lavish Productions http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19902-setting-the-stage-the-hard-work-behind-the-lavish-productions.html ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Live at the Brumder Mansion - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19867-%25E2%2580%2598sherlock-holmes%25E2%2580%2599-live-at-the-brumder-mansion-theater-preview.html  It started out simply, with Liz Shipe and Perry Heideman imagining dramatic fairy tales in a series of photographs. Now, Shipe's “Reconstructing Grimm” project is coming live to the Brumder Mansion in a fully staged...

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Dynamic Cast Bursts Through Sunset’s ‘Stage Door’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19868-dynamic-cast-bursts-through-sunset%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598stage-door%25E2%2580%2599.html  The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove opens its season with a dramatic celebration of the art of theater. Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman's Stage Door is a tightly written exploration of art versus commerce...

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One-Man Shakespeare http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19774-one-man-shakespeare.html Boulevard Theatre's Comedic Look at 'Life' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19766-boulevard-theatres-comedic-look-at-life.html Light Fun From The Holy Bible http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19767-light-fun-from-the-holy-bible.html The Old and New Testaments receive comic treatment from Phantom Cicada Theater and SummerStage in a production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the space at Next Act Theatre. Bo Johnson directs Nate Press, Emmitt Morgans...]]> Milwaukee Rep Turns Its Sights on 'Assassins' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19685-milwaukee-rep-turns-its-sights-on-assassins.html The Milwaukee Rep opens its Quadracci Powerhouse season with Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. In this oddly themed musical, Lee Harvey Oswald sings alongside John Wilkes...]]> Milwaukee Rep Sells 'Gutenberg' as a Musical http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19650-milwaukee-rep-sells-gutenberg-as-a-musical.html APT's Arnold Elevates 'Shakespeare's Will' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19651-apts-arnold-elevates-shakespeares-will.html It's widely assumed that legendary author William Shakespeare must have led a remarkable life. Given what we know about him, you'd think that being married to the man must have been remarkable as well. As it turns out, that may not be the case...]]> Wolfe, DeWolff Make 'Natalie Ryan' a Good Time http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19652-wolfe-dewolff-make-natalie-ryan-a-good-time.html Last year, comedy writers Vince Figueroa and Beth Lewinski wrote and directed Natalie Ryan and the Brain Thieves, a sci-fi adventure that starred young actress Anna Wolfe as an ancient time traveler with the personality of a sweet girl from the...]]> Aliens, Time Travel Return to Alchemist Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19567-aliens-time-travel-return-to-alchemist-theatre.html Considering the diversity of theater offerings, it's surprising that certain genres don't get more play on local stages. Science fiction may have its place on the big screen, but it's rarely explored in Milwaukee theater. Last year, Vince Figueroa...]]> Heart and Humor in APT's 'Admirable' Production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19568-heart-and-humor-in-apts-admirable-production.html Fans of Peter Pan well know author James M. Barrie's ability to look at life's challenges through the lens of the heart, arriving at solutions both childlike in their simplicity and complex in their effect. Barrie takes the same lens to the English class system...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Captures Complexity of 'A Thousand Clowns' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19569-milwaukee-chamber-captures-complexity-of-a-thousand-clowns.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season with a production of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. The 1960s classic offers an even mix of comedy and drama, featuring depth of emotion in characters that are all quite complex and sympathetically...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Opens With 'A Thousand Clowns' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19531-milwaukee-chamber-opens-with-a-thousand-clowns.html Milwaukee Comedy Festival Launches Laughs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19532-milwaukee-comedy-festival-launches-laughs.html The seventh annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival opened at Next Act Theatre's space this past weekend. It continues through Aug. 11. The 2012 festival feels a bit more organized than previous festivals, as stand-up, sketch and improv comics, primarily from...]]> A Seventh Helping of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19458-a-seventh-helping-of-the-milwaukee-comedy-festival.html Class Relations at Heart of Charming 'Island' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19459-class-relations-at-heart-of-charming-island.html Waukesha Civic Theatre collaborates with SummerStage of Delafield for the charming musical Once on This Island. The production tells the story of a peasant woman and...]]> Off the Wall Juggles Fast-Paced 'Ritz' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19460-off-the-wall-juggles-fast-paced-ritz.html Waukesha Civic, SummerStage Join Forces on 'Island' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19391-waukesha-civic-summerstage-join-forces-on-island.html Greendale's Cast Shines in 'Aida' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19392-greendales-cast-shines-in-aida.html Elton John and Tim Rice's musical Aida receives a glossy staging this month in a solid production at Greendale Community Theatre. Erica Brown summons depth in the title role of an Ethiopian princess who must serve...]]> 'Aida' Comes to Greendale Community Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19317-aida-comes-to-greendale-community-theatre.html Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, based on the original opera by Giuseppe Verdi, has met with tremendous success since its debut in 2000. The story of love and politics in ancient Egypt is...]]> 'Juliet and Romeo' Puts Women in Control http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19318-juliet-and-romeo-puts-women-in-control.html Talking About Dogs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19263-talking-about-dogs.html Holly Hughes' artistic trajectory is a bit difficult to chart. Best known for her connection to work that caused conservative types to question the National Endowment for the Arts, Hughes has been recognized for performance art that is deeply political...]]> APT's Emotionally Raw Skylight http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19264-apts-emotionally-raw-skylight.html Life for many can be an emotional train wreck, a collision of experiences and ideologies from which we stumble to pick up the pieces and get back on track. Try as they might, the three characters...]]> Power Dynamics Flipped in 'Juliet and Romeo' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19182-power-dynamics-flipped-in-juliet-and-romeo.html Understanding Ourselves Through APT's 'Heroes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19183-understanding-ourselves-through-apts-heroes.html American Players Theatre Impresses With 'Richard III' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19184-american-players-theatre-impresses-with-richard-iii.html Is there any literary character more malevolent than Shakespeare's Richard III? Deformed of body, malignant of mind, Richard murders his way to the throne of England. The “poisonous bunch-backed toad” is eventually undone, but not before killing...]]> Door Shakespeare Opens Summer Season http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19110-door-shakespeare-opens-summer-season.html Cast Has Fun With APT's 'Royal Family' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19111-cast-has-fun-with-apts-royal-family.html Despite promotion to the contrary, American Players Theatre's The Royal Family has more heart than humor, but the production's greatest asset is its excellent cast of APT veterans and the fun they have with their roles...]]> APT's 'Twelfth Night' Stays True to Form http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19112-apts-twelfth-night-stays-true-to-form.html Optimist Theatre's Classic 'Macbeth' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19113-optimist-theatres-classic-macbeth.html 'The Nerd' Arrives at Peninsula Players http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-19048-the-nerd-arrives-at-peninsula-players.html 'Royal Family' Bows at American Players Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18975-royal-family-bows-at-american-players-theatre.html Alchemist Theatre's Witty 'Help Wanted' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18976-alchemist-theatres-witty-help-wanted.html 'Packer Fans from Outer Space' Invades Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18977-packer-fans-from-outer-space-invades-marcus-center.html The rare Wisconsinite who isn't an avid Green Bay Packers fan may be tempted to say that all of us enthusiastic football fans are from “outer space.” But in one wacky comedy, created by members of American Folklore Theatre, the Packers actually...]]> Pink Banana's Hit-and-Miss 'End of the World' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18907-pink-bananas-hit-and-miss-end-of-the-world.html This year, Pink Banana Theatre's annual program of one-acts tackles the end of the world. As it turns out, the end of all things is a mixed experience. Some bad sketch comedy opens Pink Banana's “One-Acts...]]> Carnal 'Help Wanted' at Alchemist Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18908-carnal-help-wanted-at-alchemist-theatre.html Free, Outdoor Shakespeare in June http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18827-free-outdoor-shakespeare-in-june.html Boulevard's 'Cowboy' Rounds Up Fun Romance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18828-boulevards-cowboy-rounds-up-fun-romance.html Love is weird. When it's strong enough, the emotion of love outweighs any sense of logic. Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai explores this notion in its best moments, which are brought to the stage in a local premiere...]]> Off the Wall's 'Roadside' Musical http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18829-off-the-walls-roadside-musical.html Sunset's Revealing 'Six Degrees of Separation' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18830-sunsets-revealing-six-degrees-of-separation.html The Con Is On in Sunset's'Six Degrees' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18768-the-con-is-on-in-sunsetssix-degrees.html Skylight Connects With 'Sunday in the Park' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18769-skylight-connects-with-sunday-in-the-park.html The life of an artist isn't easy. The fact that this is a cliché makes matters very difficult for any work of art attempting to explore the lives of artists. But Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George avoids...]]> 'Broadway Today!' Delights at Wilson Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18770-broadway-today_-delights-at-wilson-center.html Sondheim's 'Sunday in the Park' at Skylight http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18705-sondheims-sunday-in-the-park-at-skylight.html Sunset's Shining 'Three Little Pigs' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18703-sunsets-shining-three-little-pigs.html The best children's fare of any kind is a delicate balance. It should be fun and entertaining for kids and those accompanying them, it should be educational without being too obvious and, if it's really good, it should instill a few moral lessons without getting...]]> Theatre Gigante's Twist on 'Our Town' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18631-theatre-gigantes-twist-on-our-town.html Waukesha Civic Theatre Recreates 'Miss Saigon' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18632-waukesha-civic-theatre-recreates-miss-saigon.html The Waukesha Civic Theatre has ambitiously set out to recreate the Broadway classic Miss Saigon—scene by scene, song for song. It's no small feat. Miss Saigon is one of Broadway's longest-running musicals ever—and for good reason. The epic Vietnam War...]]> In Tandem Finds Fun in 'Veronica's Position' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18633-in-tandem-finds-fun-in-veronicas-position.html Windfall Theatre Gathers 'Assassins' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18634-windfall-theatre-gathers-assassins.html In Tandem Finds Farce in 'Veronica's Position' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18557-in-tandem-finds-farce-in-veronicas-position.html Pure Magic in Skylight's 'Things That Go Ding!' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18558-pure-magic-in-skylights-things-that-go-ding_.html From high above the stage, a couple of rows of cymbal-banging monkey toys stand guard over the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre. The stage itself is filled with an eye-popping variety of instruments that make noise when struck. This is the...]]> Improvised Shakespeare Company's Relentless Creativity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18559-improvised-shakespeare-companys-relentless-creativity.html Carte Blanche Sells Laughs in 'Little Shop of Horrors' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18485-carte-blanche-sells-laughs-in-little-shop-of-horrors.html Carte Blanche Studios' recent revival of the campy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors reminds us of just how fun a night at the theater can be, regardless of some of this production's challenges. It's been 30 years since the original off-Broadway production...]]> Marquette's 1960s-Style 'Comedy of Errors' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18486-marquettes-1960s-style-comedy-of-errors.html Sunset's Hilariously Screwball 'Lend Me a Tenor' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18487-sunsets-hilariously-screwball-lend-me-a-tenor.html Remembering Rose Pickering http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18426-remembering-rose-pickering.html 'Lend Me a Tenor' Rises at Sunset http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18414-lend-me-a-tenor-rises-at-sunset.html Milwaukee Chamber's 'Bus Stop' Keeps It Moving http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18415-milwaukee-chambers-bus-stop-keeps-it-moving.html William Inge's classic Bus Stop is a fun ensemble piece. It's light enough that one doesn't have to over-think it, but also deep enough to offer complexity for those interested in a bit more. The challenge for any production is to juggle the ensemble...]]> Take a Trip Inside First Stage's 'Diary' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18416-take-a-trip-inside-first-stages-diary.html The stage of the Todd Wehr Theater becomes larger than life so as to direct attention to the very small as First Stage presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Based on the popular children's books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, Joan Cushing's musical...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Lines Up 1950s 'Bus Stop' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18347-milwaukee-chamber-lines-up-1950s-bus-stop.html Next Act's Charming, Emotional 'One Time' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18348-next-acts-charming-emotional-one-time.html 'Othello' on a Harley at Milwaukee Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18349-othello-on-a-harley-at-milwaukee-rep.html The tragedy Othello is the most urgently humanistic of Shakespeare's great plays—more tightly constructed than Hamlet, more carefully motivated than Macbeth, more urgent if less spaciously tragic than King Lear, but with a resistance...]]> Two People in 'One Time' at Next Act http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18276-two-people-in-one-time-at-next-act.html Imaginary Friend, Real Fun in UWM's 'Mr. Marmalade' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18277-imaginary-friend-real-fun-in-uwms-mr-marmalade.html Off the Wall's Redemptive 'Tempest' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18278-off-the-walls-redemptive-tempest.html Off the Wall Theatre has conjured up a perfect storm of a production with its season finale, Shakespeare's The Tempest. The bard's classic tale of revenge and redemption marks a high point for director Dale Gutzman's company, due in large part...]]> Rep's 'Othello' Mixes Old With New http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18166-reps-othello-mixes-old-with-new.html Renaissance's 'Honour' Adds Twists to Oft-Told Tale http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18167-renaissances-honour-adds-twists-to-oft-told-tale.html Honour tells an oft-told tale, the subject of countless other plays, TV movies and soap operas: An older man dumps his loyal wife for a younger version. But this story by Joanna Murray-Smith takes on more than a few unexpected twists in the play...]]> 'Free 2 B U & Me' Celebrates Individuality http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18168-free-2-b-u-amp-me-celebrates-individuality.html Renaissance Closes Its Season With 'Honour' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18096-renaissance-closes-its-season-with-honour.html Rep Pursues Love 'In the Next Room' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18097-rep-pursues-love-in-the-next-room.html Pleasing 'Patsy Cline' at Milwaukee Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18098-pleasing-patsy-cline-at-milwaukee-rep.html Ted Swindley's Always…Patsy Cline demands a tremendous amount from its lead actress, who is asked to deliver the humble glamour of the legendary recording artist with little to no way of formal introduction. We are introduced to her in a performance...]]> 'Patsy Cline' Takes the Stage at Milwaukee Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18024-patsy-cline-takes-the-stage-at-milwaukee-rep.html Skylight's 'Daddy Long Legs' Weaves a Web of Romance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18025-skylights-daddy-long-legs-weaves-a-web-of-romance.html Skylight Music Theatre recently adapted its name. Along with it comes a world premiere of another adaptation: Daddy Long Legs. Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster (which became a musical comedy in 1955 starring Fred Astaire...]]> Compelling Cast Boosts UWM's 'Nature of Mutation' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-18026-compelling-cast-boosts-uwms-nature-of-mutation.html Skylight Music's Romantic 'Daddy Long Legs' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17959-skylight-musics-romantic-daddy-long-legs.html Orwell's '1984' Inhabits Alchemist Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17960-orwells-1984-inhabits-alchemist-stage.html First Stage's 'Chocolate Factory' Lacks Key Ingredients http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17961-first-stages-chocolate-factory-lacks-key-ingredients.html Many children today know of Charlie and his “chocolate factory” by way of two films (1971's Willy Wonka, featuring Milwaukee native Gene Wilder, and the 2005 remake starring Johnny Depp). Both movies conjured up fantastic worlds filled with delectable...]]> Cast Excels in In Tandem's 'The Chosen' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17962-cast-excels-in-in-tandems-the-chosen.html In Tandem's fine new production, Chaim Potok's The Chosen, thoughtfully illustrates the paradox of two highly principled young Orthodox Jews living in Brooklyn in households with completely...]]> Milwaukee Rep Finds Humor 'In the Next Room' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17856-milwaukee-rep-finds-humor-in-the-next-room.html Tales Converge in Boulevard's 'This Lime Tree Bower' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17857-tales-converge-in-boulevards-this-lime-tree-bower.html 'Greater Tuna' Delivers Laughs at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17858-greater-tuna-delivers-laughs-at-sunset-playhouse.html One of the most surefire comedies of the past 30 years, Greater Tuna has become almost an industry. Greater Tuna and its several sequels have been...]]> Milwaukee Chamber's Witty 'Thousand Words' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17775-milwaukee-chambers-witty-thousand-words.html Thankfully, it doesn't take “a thousand words” to describe the world premiere that opened at the Broadway Theatre Center's intimate Studio Theatre on Friday. In fact, only a few will do: “brilliant,” “witty,” “well crafted” and “entertaining...]]> 'Wittenberg' Makes for Fun Trip to Windfall Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17776-wittenberg-makes-for-fun-trip-to-windfall-theatre.html 'Greater Tuna' Arrives at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17783-greater-tuna-arrives-at-sunset-playhouse.html 16th-Century Laughs in Windfall's 'Wittenberg' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17719-16th-century-laughs-in-windfalls-wittenberg.html Fools for Tragedy's Existential 'Waiting' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17720-fools-for-tragedys-existential-waiting.html Fools for Tragedy's current staging of Jordan Gwiazdowski's Waiting, a deconstruction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, plays like an existential funhouse, with metaphorical mirrors strewn everywhere...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Captures 'A Thousand Words' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17644-milwaukee-chamber-captures-a-thousand-words.html Off the Wall's 'Sisters Rosensweig' Filled to the Brim http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17645-off-the-walls-sisters-rosensweig-filled-to-the-brim.html Milwaukee Rep's Classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17646-milwaukee-reps-classic-to-kill-a-mockingbird.html The Milwaukee Rep creates a powerful stage drama from a classic of American literature, as it presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. An ensemble provides vocal scoring to a brilliantly balanced cast, including...]]> Next Act's 'Vigil' Finds Comic Balance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17647-next-acts-vigil-finds-comic-balance.html Next Act Theatre Keeps 'Vigil' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17577-next-act-theatre-keeps-vigil.html First Stage's Whirlwind 'Wrinkle in Time' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17578-first-stages-whirlwind-wrinkle-in-time.html First Stage Children's Theater offers an appropriately whirlwind experience during its production of Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time. This fast-paced play is, after all, about space and time travel. It was written 50 years ago, in an era when...]]> 'Tick, Tick…Boom!' Resonates at Soulstice Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17579-tick-tickhellipboom_-resonates-at-soulstice-theatre.html 'Tick, Tick… Boom!' Explodes Onto Soulstice Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17453-tick-tickhellip-boom_-explodes-onto-soulstice-stage.html 'The Unseen' a Sight to Behold at World's Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17454-the-unseen-a-sight-to-behold-at-worlds-stage.html The World's Stage Theatre Company produces a haunting, evocative rendition of Craig Wright's drama The Unseen. Ben Rogaczewski and Zachary Kunde play Wallace and Valdez, two men who have been in prison for a very long time...]]> Awful Singer Turns 'Glorious' at Racine Theatre Guild http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17390-awful-singer-turns-glorious-at-racine-theatre-guild.html Marti Gobel Shines in Renaissance's 'Neat' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17378-marti-gobel-shines-in-renaissances-neat.html Renaissance Theaterworks continues its three-year “Diversity Series” with an impressive production of Charlayne Woodard's autobiographical show, Neat. The one-woman show, featuring the diverse talents of Uprooted Theatre co-founder Marti Gobel...]]> Complexity Marks Charlayne Woodard's 'Neat' Life - Marti Gobel stars in Renaissance's one-woman show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17334-complexity-marks-charlayne-woodards-neat-life-marti-gobel-stars-in-renaissances-one-woman-show.html Vibrant 'Avenue Q' at Greendale Community Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17335-vibrant-avenue-q-at-greendale-community-theatre.html Lopez and Marx's Avenue Q is a fun, adult tribute to children's programming, especially for...]]> Theater Happenings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17275-theater-happenings.html Skylight's Crisp, Enjoyable 'Beyond the Ingénue' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17276-skylights-crisp-enjoyable-beyond-the-ingeacutenue.html The Skylight Opera Theatre's latest show offers an enjoyable evening with two talented performers. Broadway singer Niffer Clarke weaves an autobiographical tale in and around songs from classic musicals, and the immensely charming Richard...]]> Interns Return for 'Rep Lab' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17219-interns-return-for-rep-lab.html Carte Blanche Studios Searches for Santa's Killer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17220-carte-blanche-studios-searches-for-santas-killer.html Neil Haven's yuletide whodunit Who Killed Santa? returned to Carte Blanche Studios with a familiar cast and those ever-charming Dan...]]> Scott Walker, Mrs. Claus Among Jabs in 'Holiday Punch' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17160-scott-walker-mrs-claus-among-jabs-in-holiday-punch.html With its seemingly random collection of songs and music, Off the Wall Theatre's Holiday Punch is an opportunity to see stray bits of entertainment brought to the stage by Off the Wall's familiar talent. Though there's quite a lot of bad comedy...]]> Skylight Opera's Evening With Niffer Clarke http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17161-skylight-operas-evening-with-niffer-clarke.html Niffer Clarke has to feel good about reaching that comfortable space between success and fame. The singer/actress has had the opportunity to delve into a variety...]]> The Rep's 'Next to Normal' Skims the Surface http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17083-the-reps-next-to-normal-skims-the-surface.html The Milwaukee Rep continues its season with Next to Normal, the Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt rock musical that opened to considerable acclaim on Broadway...]]> Much to Like in UWM's 'As You Like It' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17084-much-to-like-in-uwms-as-you-like-it.html Gutzman Delivers Another 'Punch' to Holiday Tradition http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17055-gutzman-delivers-another-punch-to-holiday-tradition.html It's difficult to describe Off the Wall Theatre's Holiday Punch to someone who hasn't experienced it. My memories of it are hazy. There were lederhosen and plastic med cups of sauerkraut. It was nice and warm and there...]]> Suburban Madness in Milwaukee Rep's 'Next to Normal' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17000-suburban-madness-in-milwaukee-reps-next-to-normal.html Junie B.'s Enjoyable Mayhem at First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17001-junie-bs-enjoyable-mayhem-at-first-stage.html Even the youngest children in the family are sure to enjoy the latest Junie B. story, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, at First Stage Children's Theater. As Junie B. fans...]]> Alchemist Theatre's Interactive Murder-Mystery Fun http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-17002-alchemist-theatres-interactive-murder-mystery-fun.html This holiday season, the Alchemist Theatre offers an alternative to the season's familiar, traditional shows with a production that engages its audiences. Michael Timm's interactive whodunit...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Charming 'Heroes' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16944-milwaukee-chamber-theatres-charming-heroes.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's latest comedy, Heroes, is sheer pleasure from beginning to end. Three seasoned actors play World War I veterans in their final years, decades after life on the front lines. Richard Halverson, Daniel Mooney...]]> 'Annie' in Good Hands at Sunset Playhouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16945-annie-in-good-hands-at-sunset-playhouse.html Alchemist Theatre's Killer Holiday Show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16863-alchemist-theatres-killer-holiday-show.html Joyous, Nostalgic 'Music Man' at Skylight Opera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16864-joyous-nostalgic-music-man-at-skylight-opera.html Next Act's 'Sylvia' Offers Light Fun http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16865-next-acts-sylvia-offers-light-fun.html Next Act Theatre's inaugural season in its new space on Water Street continues with A.R. Gurney's canine comedy Sylvia. The light comedy of a man who takes in a stray dog is brought to the stage with Next Act's characteristic...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Experienced 'Heroes' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16801-milwaukee-chamber-theatres-experienced-heroes.html A Tribute to Hollywood Song and Dance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16802-a-tribute-to-hollywood-song-and-dance.html Song Man Dance Man, the Stackner Cabaret's new musical tribute to seven Hollywood song-and-dance legends, proves highly entertaining, but develops slowly. Jon Peterson, who created the show and performs...]]> It's a Dog's World at Next Act Theatre - Company presents A.R. Gurney comedy 'Sylvia' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16725-its-a-dogs-world-at-next-act-theatre-company-presents-ar-gurney-comedy-sylvia.html Pink Banana Makes Most of 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16726-pink-banana-makes-most-of-dead-mans-cell-phone.html Soulstice Theatre's 'The Nerd' Provides Zany Fun http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16727-soulstice-theatres-the-nerd-provides-zany-fun.html Pink Banana Dials Up 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16617-pink-banana-dials-up-dead-mans-cell-phone.html Boulevard Theatre Captures 'The Importance of Being Earnest' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16618-boulevard-theatre-captures-the-importance-of-being-earnest.html Reaching for Dreams at First Stage's 'Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16619-reaching-for-dreams-at-first-stages-dont-tell-me-i-cant-fly.html The magical, whimsical world of a child's imagination comes to life in Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly. The world premiere of this true-life story opened Friday at the Todd Wehr Theater in the Marcus Center. The First Stage Children's Theater...]]> 'Baby Jane' to Happen at Off the Wall Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16540-baby-jane-to-happen-at-off-the-wall-theatre.html Off the Wall Theatre continues its season with a production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? that will feature the comic talents of Mark Hagen and Jeremy Welter in the Bette Davis and Joan Crawford...]]> Milwaukee Chamber's Deeply Moving 'Driving Miss Daisy' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16541-milwaukee-chambers-deeply-moving-driving-miss-daisy.html In a way, human history could be described as a collection of stories of people being forced to meet each other. Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy...]]> Inspiring Intellect in UWM's 'Sins of Sor Juana' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16542-inspiring-intellect-in-uwms-sins-of-sor-juana.html Theatre Gigante Celebrates Spalding Gray - Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16473-theatre-gigante-celebrates-spalding-gray-preview.html 'Lombardi' a Winner for Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16474-lombardi-a-winner-for-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html Vince Lombardi was just a man, after all. But in many ways, he was larger than life, especially when it came to turning a losing Green Bay Packers team into a successful franchise...]]> Renaissance Theaterworks Finds Humor, Emotion in 'Gorgons' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16475-renaissance-theaterworks-finds-humor-emotion-in-gorgons.html Comic Conflict in Renaissance's 'Gorgons' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16402-comic-conflict-in-renaissances-gorgons.html In Tandem's Well-Mannered Comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16403-in-tandems-well-mannered-comedy.html Primal Essence in Next Act's 'The Exonerated' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16404-primal-essence-in-next-acts-the-exonerated.html Stripped down to its most primal essence, theater is about people and stories onstage. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated is a striking realization of that primal essence. Featuring a minimal set and minimal costuming...]]> 'Driving Miss Daisy' Up Next for Milwaukee Chamber - Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16330-driving-miss-daisy-up-next-for-milwaukee-chamber-preview.html 'Little Shop of Horrors' Keeps Shining at Marquette - Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16331-little-shop-of-horrors-keeps-shining-at-marquette-review.html A Hierarchy of Color in Rep's Enthralling 'Yellowman' - Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16332-a-hierarchy-of-color-in-reps-enthralling-yellowman-review.html Dael Orlandersmith's lovely play Yellowman, currently running at the Milwaukee Rep's Stiemke Studio, proves to be an enthralling encounter of two lives struggling to liberate themselves from the binding social hierarchy of inherited values...]]> Next Act Theatre Gives Life to 'The Exonerated' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16249-next-act-theatre-gives-life-to-the-exonerated-theater-preview.html Windfall Theatre Gathers Peculiar Souls - Milwaukee premiere of 'Omnium Gatherum' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16250-windfall-theatre-gathers-peculiar-souls-milwaukee-premiere-of-omnium-gatherum.html Omnium Gatherum is an intimate, intense political reflection, a voyeuristic social snapshot told through a five-course gourmet dinner party. Written by two New Yorkers, it reflects and records the days after Sept. 11, 2001. Windfall Theatre's...]]> Soulstice Finds Its Groove in 'Six Dance Lessons' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16251-soulstice-finds-its-groove-in-six-dance-lessons.html 'Faust' Inhabits the Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16176-faust-inhabits-the-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html Vocalists Power Sunset Playhouse's 'Dynamic Duos' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16177-vocalists-power-sunset-playhouses-dynamic-duos-theater-review.html Judging from its title, one might guess that a show called Dynamic Duos is perhaps a tribute to comic superheroes such as Batman and Robin, or Superman and his love interest, Lois Lane. However, those who produce the Musical Mainstage...]]> Brilliant Acting in Off the Wall's 'On the Beach' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16178-brilliant-acting-in-off-the-walls-on-the-beach-theater-review.html A cocktail party after a nuclear war is a tricky place for simple drama, but this is precisely where Off the Wall Theatre finds itself this...]]> Carte Blanche Mines Humor From 'Mein Kampf' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16106-carte-blanche-mines-humor-from-mein-kampf.html 'From My Hometown' Impresses at Milwaukee Rep http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16107-from-my-hometown-impresses-at-milwaukee-rep.html The Milwaukee Rep opens its Stackner Cabaret season with the impressive rhythm-and-blues tribute From My Hometown. With charm and charisma, the three-man ensemble finds the essence of roughly 35 R&B classics...]]> Skylight Opera Debuts 'The Rivals' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16040-skylight-opera-debuts-the-rivals.html Milwaukee Rep's Pleasant, Light 'Ten Chimneys' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16010-milwaukee-reps-pleasant-light-ten-chimneys.html Murder and Laughs in Sunset Playhouse's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-16011-murder-and-laughs-in-sunset-playhouses-arsenic-and-old-lace-theater-review.html Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark family comedy of homicide and mental illness, could easily turn too dark if mishandled. This month's...]]> Milwaukee Rep's 'Ten Chimneys' Brings Theater Legends to Life - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15959-milwaukee-reps-ten-chimneys-brings-theater-legends-to-life-theater-preview.html Fools for Tragedy's Dynamic Take on 'Hamlet' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15960-fools-for-tragedys-dynamic-take-on-hamlet-theater-review.html Fools for Tragedy opened its debut production over the weekend with In My Mind's Eye, a postmodern reconstruction of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The production design seemed like a cross between emo and goth punk, as the talented ensemble crafted the classic story into an explosive...]]> Milwaukee Rep's 'Ten Chimneys' Brings Theater Legends to Life - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15857-milwaukee-reps-ten-chimneys-brings-theater-legends-to-life-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Theater Turns a Fresh Page - New company presents 'Portrait of Tennessee Williams' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15835-milwaukee-theater-turns-a-fresh-page-new-company-presents-portrait-of-tennessee-williams.html Boulevard's Satisfying 'Circle Mirror Transformation' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15836-boulevards-satisfying-circle-mirror-transformation-theater-review.html APT's Formidable 'Cure at Troy' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15837-apts-formidable-cure-at-troy-theater-review.html When does personal integrity outrank duty? Can one overcome hatred, even when it's the justifiable...]]> Fools for Tragedy Deconstructs Hamlet in 'Mind's Eye' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15768-fools-for-tragedy-deconstructs-hamlet-in-minds-eye.html Characters Drive Milwaukee Chamber's 'Crimes of the Heart' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15770-characters-drive-milwaukee-chambers-crimes-of-the-heart.html Beth Henley's dramatic comedy Crimes of the Heart is a touching, character-driven look at small-town life in America. Director Mary MacDonald...]]> American Players Theatre's Bold, Bright 'Tempest' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15771-american-players-theatres-bold-bright-tempest.html Youngblood Theatre Offers 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15707-youngblood-theatre-offers-gruesome-playground-injuries.html Waukesha Civic Theatre's Magical 'Willy Wonka' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15708-waukesha-civic-theatres-magical-willy-wonka.html Waukesha Civic Theatre's Willy Wonka is a charming musical retelling of the beloved children's story with which so many of us grew up. Incorporating songs from both film adaptations and much dialogue directly from the book, the production transports its audience...]]> Serious Maturation for Milwaukee Comedy Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15709-serious-maturation-for-milwaukee-comedy-festival.html Signs of the Times in American Players Theatre's 'Of Mice and Men' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15710-signs-of-the-times-in-american-players-theatres-of-mice-and-men.html Milwaukee Chamber Delves Into 'Crimes of the Heart' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15644-milwaukee-chamber-delves-into-crimes-of-the-heart-theater-preview.html Beautiful Chaos in Soulstice's 'Seussical the Musical' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15645-beautiful-chaos-in-soulstices-seussical-the-musical-theater-review.html Seussical the Musical is one of those rare musicals so wildly, beautifully chaotic that the full reality of it doesn't hit you until the next day. Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle, the show is a musical fusion of various Dr. Seuss children's books...]]> Seussical Soulstice: A Musical in a Big New Space - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15569-seussical-soulstice-a-musical-in-a-big-new-space-theater-preview.html 'Drowsy' is Full of Life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15570-drowsy-is-full-of-life.html Summer doldrums got you down? Looking for some indoor fun to beat the heat? Sunset Playhouse has just the solution with its very entertaining production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Set in the Prohibition era, this new musical is a delightful romantic romp. An onstage narrator takes the...]]> Dirty, Rotten Slickness - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15571-dirty-rotten-slickness-theater-review.html A Time for Non-Violence - Performance Project by Inner City Youth http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15535-a-time-for-non-violence-performance-project-by-inner-city-youth.html Greendale Community Theatre's Musical 'Scoundrels' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15513-greendale-community-theatres-musical-scoundrels-theater-preview.html A Good Time With Bad Example's 'Cannibal' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15514-a-good-time-with-bad-examples-cannibal-theater-review.html Musicals have filled Milwaukee's summer season, and Bad Example Productions continues the trend with a sparse production of Trey Parker's comic Cannibal! The Musical at the Alchemist Theatre. “South Park” and The Book of Mormon co-creator Parker uses...]]> Sunset's 'Drowsy Chaperone' Presides Over Musical Fun - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15448-sunsets-drowsy-chaperone-presides-over-musical-fun-theater-preview.html APT's Fascinating 'Crime and Punishment' - Going inside the mind of a murderer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15449-apts-fascinating-crime-and-punishment-going-inside-the-mind-of-a-murderer.html In addition to himself, the mind of Raskolnikov (Matt Schwader) is occupied by six other characters in American Players Theatre's production of Crime and Punishment: his mother Pulcheria Alexandrovna, the detective Porfiry, the reluctant prostitute Sonya and her drunken father Marmeladov, and the parasitic...]]> Acacia Theatre Adapts Jane Austen's 'Emma' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15364-acacia-theatre-adapts-jane-austens-emma-theater-preview.html Vibrant Lunacy in APT's 'The Critic' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15365-vibrant-lunacy-in-apts-the-critic-theater-review.html Creative license, when mishandled by the uncreative, can generate results both oafish and irritating. Credit director William Brown and a brilliant American Players Theatre cast for bringing Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Critic to life with vibrant lunacy, resulting in 150 minutes of sheer theatrical joy...]]> Peter J. Woods Continues to Experiment http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15366-peter-j-woods-continues-to-experiment.html 'Cannibal! The Musical' Served Up at Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15294-cannibal_-the-musical-served-up-at-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html Tennessee Williams' Trio of Torn Souls - Strong performances highlight APT's 'Glass Menagerie' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15295-tennessee-williams-trio-of-torn-souls-strong-performances-highlight-apts-glass-menagerie.html An enormous photo of a smug-looking young man, circa 1930s, looks out at the audience and down on the scene of emotional destruction his past actions have wrought. He is as dominant as the trio of torn souls occupying the stage in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, which opened last...]]> Woods Makes Some Noise at the Borg Ward - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15214-woods-makes-some-noise-at-the-borg-ward-theater-preview.html Brilliant Cast Delivers Laughs in APT's 'Blithe Spirit' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15215-brilliant-cast-delivers-laughs-in-apts-blithe-spirit-theater-review.html A sexy ghost, an eccentric medium and a supercilious man troubled by two wives, one of who has been dead for seven years, combine for an evening of unusual hilarity at American Players Theatre's production of Blithe Spirit, which opened Saturday at the Spring Green troupe's amphitheater “Up the Hill...]]> Optimist Theatre Intrigues With Imperfect 'Twelfth Night' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15216-optimist-theatre-intrigues-with-imperfect-twelfth-night-theater-review.html Free, Outdoor Shakespeare Returns to Alverno College - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15143-free-outdoor-shakespeare-returns-to-alverno-college-theater-preview.html APT's Fiery 'Taming of the Shrew' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15144-apts-fiery-taming-of-the-shrew-theater-review.html Spring Green's American Players Theatre is the dramatic house that William Shakespeare built, but only two of the Bard of Avon's works grace this year's eight-play schedule. The first, The Taming of the Shrew, opened with enough fire to warm a chilly Saturday night in the company's open-air amphitheater...]]> Theatre Gigante Finds the Good in McPherson's 'Thief' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15145-theatre-gigante-finds-the-good-in-mcphersons-thief-theater-review.html Theatre Gigante's 'Good Thief' to Hit Paddy's Pub - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15069-theatre-gigantes-good-thief-to-hit-paddys-pub-theater-preview.html Imperfect Fun in Carte Blanche's 'Titus Andronicus' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15070-imperfect-fun-in-carte-blanches-titus-andronicus-theater-review.html A ragged yet beautiful constellation of passion and imperfection, Carte Blanche Studios' Titus Andronicus offers the perfect start to summer theater in Milwaukee. The play itself, arguably one of Shakespeare's least-accomplished pieces, treads a razor's edge between absurdly poetic and merely...]]> 'Fool for Love' Heats Up Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15001-fool-for-love-heats-up-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html Youngblood's 'Apology' Wins Over Audiences - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-15002-youngbloods-apology-wins-over-audiences-theater-review.html There's just enough light to ward off the darkness, as shadows paint a former factory space. In one of the more unique entrances of the theater season, Michael Cotey arrives via an old freight elevator. Bald and well dressed, he plays Dr. John Faustus...]]> Youngblood Theatre Delivers 'An Apology' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14934-youngblood-theatre-delivers-an-apology-theater-preview.html Abundance of Ideas Overwhelms 'The Idiot' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14935-abundance-of-ideas-overwhelms-the-idiot-theater-review.html More Than a Number: Skylight's Meaningful 'Adding Machine' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14936-more-than-a-number-skylights-meaningful-adding-machine-theater-review.html Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith's Adding Machine—A Musical is one of the rare American musicals to build rich themes that create meaning beyond the music. Running through June 12, the Skylight Opera Theatre's stylish production is an irresistible force—and one of the Skylight's most dynamic shows in...]]> Skylight's Surreal, Musical 'Adding Machine' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14864-skylights-surreal-musical-adding-machine-theater-preview.html Powerful Emotion in Windfall Theatre's 'Green Sneakers' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14865-powerful-emotion-in-windfall-theatres-green-sneakers-theater-review.html Windfall Theatre's season finale is one of the most unique studio theater experiences of Milwaukee's 2010-2011 season. Ricky Ian Gordon's Green Sneakers is an autobiographical opera for a single baritone and string quartet...]]> Acacia Theatre Celebrates Sojourner Truth - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14802-acacia-theatre-celebrates-sojourner-truth-theater-preview.html UWM's Talent on Display in 'No, No, Nanette' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14803-uwms-talent-on-display-in-no-no-nanette-theater-review.html No, No, Nanette originates from the antiquated musical theater of the 1920s. At that time, big performance numbers typically involved a dozen people dancing in synchronized choreography with little regard for true human emotion. The UW-Milwaukee Theatre Department brought that musical era to the...]]> Theatre Gigante Pays Tribute With 'Isadora and Nijinsky' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14727-theatre-gigante-pays-tribute-with-isadora-and-nijinsky-theater-preview.html Soulstice Theatre's Passionate 'American Enterprise' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14728-soulstice-theatres-passionate-american-enterprise-theater-review.html Fun, Crazy Antics in Sunset's 'Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14729-fun-crazy-antics-in-sunsets-love-sex-and-the-irs-theater-review.html With the tax season past (for most of us, that is), what happens when the IRS comes calling at your door? Enough to make roommates Jon and Leslie very nervous, especially since they've been filing their taxes as husband and wife for four years and they're not married—and Leslie happens to be a man. In Love, Sex...]]> First Stage's First-Rate 'Miss Nelson Is Missing' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14730-first-stages-first-rate-miss-nelson-is-missing-theater-review.html A Stunning Les Misérables at the Marcus Center - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14658-a-stunning-les-miserables-at-the-marcus-center-theater-review.html Much to Love in Boulevard's 'Village Wooing' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14659-much-to-love-in-boulevards-village-wooing-theater-review.html The Boulevard Theatre tackles a pair of short works in Two 2 Go, a program featuring scripts by George Bernard Shaw and Thornton Wilder. The two shorts are placed in the larger context of a remedial English class for adults...]]> Labor Clash in Soulstice's 'American Enterprise' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14644-labor-clash-in-soulstices-american-enterprise-theater-preview.html Boulevard Theatre Puts On a Pair of Shorts - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14577-boulevard-theatre-puts-on-a-pair-of-shorts-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep's Powerful 'Death of a Salesman' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14578-milwaukee-reps-powerful-death-of-a-salesman-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber's Intimate 'The Lion in Winter' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14579-milwaukee-chambers-intimate-the-lion-in-winter-theater-review.html Many people recall The Lion in Winter as a 1968 Oscar-winning film starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole as an aging king and queen who struggle to hang onto their royal positions. But a theater production of the same story can be an intimate, funny...]]> Chamber Theatre's 'Lion in Winter' Mixes Proven, Emerging Talent - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14484-chamber-theatres-lion-in-winter-mixes-proven-emerging-talent-theater-preview.html Carte Blanche's Charming 'Trailer Park Musical' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14485-carte-blanches-charming-trailer-park-musical-theater-review.html Carte Blanche Studios creates a cramped little trailer park to serve as home to an enjoyable, melodic evening for the presentation of...]]> 'Trailer Park Musical' Moves Into Carte Blanche - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14396-trailer-park-musical-moves-into-carte-blanche-theater-preview.html First Stage Teaches a Lesson on Bullying - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14397-first-stage-teaches-a-lesson-on-bullying-theater-review.html Judging by the full house of adults and children completely engrossed (and quiet) throughout the Saturday matinee of The 100 Dresses, (running through April 17 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater), teasing...]]> The Rep's Theatre Laboratory - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14398-the-reps-theatre-laboratory-theater-review.html Interns' Star Turn in 'Rep Lab 1011' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14326-interns-star-turn-in-rep-lab-1011-theater-preview.html Off the Wall Stages Intense 'Mother Courage' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14327-off-the-wall-stages-intense-mother-courage-theater-review.html Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage is an unflinching look at the horrors of war. No stranger to a challenge, director Dale Gutzman attempts to fit the intensity of this drama into one of Milwaukee's most intimate theater stages. Yes, there's a set, a lighting scheme, costuming and makeup, but in a space as...]]> Off the Wall Goes to Battle With 'Mother Courage' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14252-off-the-wall-goes-to-battle-with-mother-courage-theater-preview.html 'Bomb-itty of Errors': The Rep's Comedy of Rap - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14253-bomb-itty-of-errors-the-reps-comedy-of-rap-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep's clever, fast-paced and funny Bomb-itty of Errors (through May 8 at Stackner Cabaret) is a sure cure for Milwaukee's early spring doldrums. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, it is a laugh riot from beginning to end. Imagine Shakespeare's play reinterpreted by...]]> Alchemist's Insightful 'Back and Forth' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14254-alchemists-insightful-back-and-forth-theater-review.html Old-School Drama Meets Old-School Hip-Hop in Rep's 'Bomb-itty of Errors' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14181-old-school-drama-meets-old-school-hip-hop-in-reps-bomb-itty-of-errors-theater-preview.html Sunset Playhouse's Inspiring 'Tuesdays With Morrie' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14182-sunset-playhouses-inspiring-tuesdays-with-morrie-theater-review.html Novel Approach Breathes Life into UWM's 'Last Days' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14183-novel-approach-breathes-life-into-uwms-last-days-theater-review.html Boulevard Theatre's Intimate 'Becky Shaw' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14184-boulevard-theatres-intimate-becky-shaw-theater-review.html Sunset Playhouse Opens 'Tuesdays With Morrie' - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14113-sunset-playhouse-opens-tuesdays-with-morrie-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep's Slick, Stylish 'Ma Rainey' - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14114-milwaukee-reps-slick-stylish-ma-rainey-theater-review.html Recording studios brought a different level of immediacy in the 1920s. Microphones were nearly as big as your head, and there was no acoustic tile foam or digital audio—even multitrack recording wouldn't come about for another few decades. Playwright August Wilson captures this essence in his astute...]]> UWM's 'Second Best Bed' Is Top-Rate Shakespeare - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14047-uwms-second-best-bed-is-top-rate-shakespeare-theater-review.html In Tandem's 'Murder' Makes for Delightful Farce - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14048-in-tandems-murder-makes-for-delightful-farce-theater-review.html In Tandem Theatre's energetic production of Murder at the Howard Johnson's is neither murder mystery nor satiric comedy, but rather a delightfully old-fashioned, three-character romantic farce close to the Marx Brothers school. Arlene and her dentist lover, Mitchell, plan to kill her husband...]]> The Rep's 'Ma Rainey' Tunes Into 1920s Music - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-14028-the-reps-ma-rainey-tunes-into-1920s-music-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Chamber’s Passionate ‘Mauritius’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13983-milwaukee-chamberrss-passionate-lsmauritiusrs-theater-review.html Family Road Trips Drive Acacia’s ‘Leaving Iowa’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13966-family-road-trips-drive-acaciarss-lsleaving-iowars.html Fresh, Funny ‘U Bug Me’ at First Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13967-fresh-funny-lsu-bug-mers-at-first-stage.html Even bugs know that people consider them a nuisance. Just ask Keno the Centipede, who is the narrator in U Bug Me, an original folk-rock musical currently being performed by Milwaukee’s First Stage Children’s Theater. However, people aren’t the only things that bother bugs. Big bugs pick on little bugs. Nasty bugs steal from good bugs...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Puts Its Stamp on ‘Mauritius’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13894-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-puts-its-stamp-on-lsmauritiusrs-theater-preview.html Carte Blanche’s ‘Imaginary Invalid’ Offers Real Fun - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13895-carte-blancherss-lsimaginary-invalidrs-offers-real-fun-theater-review.html Molire’s last play, The Imaginary Invalid, outlined problems with late-17th-century health care that echo troubles with the current system. Carte Blanche Studios’ production cartwheels through the deeper social criticisms of the classic comedy in a fun show that doesn’t dwell in the darkness for too long. The title character is a man named Argan...]]> Laughs Fill the Empty Nest at Waukesha Civic Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13896-laughs-fill-the-empty-nest-at-waukesha-civic-theatre.html Dark Romantic Comedy in Boulevard’s ‘Becky Shaw’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13812-dark-romantic-comedy-in-boulevardrss-lsbecky-shawrs-theater-preview.html Threats of blackmail, an attempted suicide, a trip to the police station—finding love is never easy. And a play involving those elements breaks...]]> Off the Wall’s Off-Kilter ‘Alice in Wonderland’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13813-off-the-wallrss-off-kilter-lsalice-in-wonderlandrs-theater-review.html ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Goes Off the Wall - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13739-lsalice-in-wonderlandrs-goes-off-the-wall-theater-preview.html Rep’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ Shows Need to Connect - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13740-reprss-lsspeaking-in-tonguesrs-shows-need-to-connect-theater-review.html Sonja is married to Leon. Jane is married to Pete. At midlife, they each have reached an emotional “cul-de-sac.” So, on the same night, on the prowl for a connection, they end up in a hotel room with the other’s spouse, if not their bed. Coincidence? Contrivance? Playwright Andrew Bovell’s complex mystery about the...]]> Skylight Opera Brings ‘Jacques Brel’ to Life - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13741-skylight-opera-brings-lsjacques-brelrs-to-life-theater-review.html Humorous ‘Big Boys’ Takes Aim at Big Business - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13675-humorous-lsbig-boysrs-takes-aim-at-big-business-theater-review.html Hard-edged satire mixes with lighter humor in Rich Orloff’s Big Boys. Next Act Theatre stages this comedic take on big business in the small, cozy space of the Tenth Street Theatre. Rick Rasmussen’s set makes the executive’s office seem absurdly huge, as smokestacks rise into the distant background beyond an office that appears to stretch out forever...]]> ‘Nobody Lonesome for Me’ Captures Hank Williams’ Spirit - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13676-lsnobody-lonesome-for-mers-captures-hank-williamsrs-spirit-theater-review.html Hank Williams is best known as one of country music’s great singer-songwriters, having penned and recorded such classics as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya” and what best symbolizes his short life, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” That short, turbulent life of 29 years has been expertly depicted in Nobody Lonesome for Me, playwright Lanie Robertson’s one-man show...]]> ‘Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well’ at Skylight Opera Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13662-lsjacques-brel-is-alive-and-wellrs-at-skylight-opera-theatre.html When listening to the dreamy, visceral work of Jacques Brel, one instantly pictures a man singing by a piano in a smoky bar in Europe. The Belgian singer-songwriter didn’t own a remarkable voice, but his best work perfectly captured specific...]]> Expect Big Laughs From Next Act’s ‘Big Boys’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13608-expect-big-laughs-from-next-actrss-lsbig-boysrs-theater-preview.html Cute Comedy Paces Milwaukee Rep’s ‘39 Steps’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13609-cute-comedy-paces-milwaukee-reprss-ls39-stepsrs.html Classic suspense cinema runs swiftly across the stage in two hours of comedy as the Milwaukee Rep brings Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps to the Quadracci Powerhouse. Four actors play numerous roles in this sophisticated comic tribute to the classic cloak-and-dagger suspense story. The show leans heavily on a behind-the-curtain feel. Bill Clarke’s set has the look of a stylish, decaying cinema palace. With a few odd props, the four actors create...]]> Complex ‘Crumbs’ Doesn’t Need to Preach - Talented cast leads Renaissance Theaterworks production http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13610-complex-lscrumbsrs-doesnrst-need-to-preach-talented-cast-leads-renaissance-theaterworks-production.html Travel Through Time With First Stage’s ‘Magic Bicycle’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13542-travel-through-time-with-first-stagerss-lsmagic-bicyclers-theater-preview.html Greendale Community Theatre’s ‘Bat Boy’ Takes Flight - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13543-greendale-community-theatrerss-lsbat-boyrs-takes-flight-theater-review.html Renaissance Serves Up ‘Crumbs From the Table of Joy’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13476-renaissance-serves-up-lscrumbs-from-the-table-of-joyrs.html Sunset Playhouse Reels in Musical ‘Guys on Ice’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13425-sunset-playhouse-reels-in-musical-lsguys-on-icers-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep Takes ‘39 Steps’ in New Direction - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13358-milwaukee-rep-takes-ls39-stepsrs-in-new-direction-theater-preview.html Off the Wall’s Rocking ‘Guys and Dolls’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13359-off-the-wallrss-rocking-lsguys-and-dollsrs-theater-review.html Bright, simple colors reach out into the audience, an elevated walkway splits the front few rows to create a kind of thrust/proscenium hybrid, and simple iconography turns the intimate Off the Wall Theatre into an idealized musical-theater version of mid-20th-century New York for the production of Guys and Dolls. The classic Broadway musical...]]> Carte Blanche’s Captivating ‘Hostage’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13360-carte-blancherss-captivating-lshostagers-theater-review.html Marcus Center Brings the Simple Joys of ‘Mamma Mia!’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13268-marcus-center-brings-the-simple-joys-of-lsmamma-mia_rs-theater-preview.html No Argument: UWM Finds Success With ‘Lovers’ Quarrels’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13269-no-argument-uwm-finds-success-with-lsloversrs-quarrelsrs-theater-review.html First Stage’s ‘Pinocchio’ Is a Holiday Delight - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13270-first-stagerss-lspinocchiors-is-a-holiday-delight-theater-review.html What might happen if the fairy-tale kingdom’s most famous puppet turned boy, Pinocchio, didn’t quite measure up to the expectations of his father, Geppetto? In fact, what might happen if Geppetto tried to “return him” for being “defective” due to his rebellious nature? That’s the premise of Disney’s...]]> Rep’s A Christmas Carol Relevant, Redemptive - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13214-reprss-a-christmas-carol-relevant-redemptive-theater-review.html Milwaukee Theater’s Holiday Alternatives - New offerings from Off the Wall, Carte Blanche and UWM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13198-milwaukee-theaterrss-holiday-alternatives-new-offerings-from-off-the-wall-carte-blanche-and-uwm.html Sunset Playhouse Revels in Sedaris’ ‘Santaland Diaries’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13199-sunset-playhouse-revels-in-sedarisrs-lssantaland-diariesrs-theater-review.html Amid a flurry of returning Christmas shows is Jonathan West’s production of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. Tom Klubertanz stars as a struggling actor in New York who finds seasonal work as an elf at Macy’s Department Store. Klubertanz holds audiences’ attention—not surprising, considering that the production received its initial funding through advance...]]> Holiday Productions Hit Milwaukee Stages - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13099-holiday-productions-hit-milwaukee-stages-theater-preview.html O’Connor Ignites Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Bombshells’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13100-orsconnor-ignites-milwaukee-reprss-lsbombshellsrs-theater-review.html It’s tough for any actor to capture the attention of the audience for the duration of a one-person show, but Australian actress Caroline O’Connor holds her own in the Milwaukee Rep’s staging of Bombshells. Written specifically for O’Connor by Joanna Murray-Smith, Bombshells is a series of monologues delivered on an attractive set by Richard Hoover...]]> A Religious Experience at Boulevard’s ‘Savannah Disputation’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13101-a-religious-experience-at-boulevardrss-lssavannah-disputationrs-theater-review.html Boulevard Finds Religion in ‘The Savannah Disputation’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13033-boulevard-finds-religion-in-lsthe-savannah-disputationrs-theater-preview.html Liberace Revisited at Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13034-liberace-revisited-at-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html Theatre Gigante’s Modern-Day ‘Lear’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13035-theatre-giganterss-modern-day-lslearrs-theater-review.html Characters Drive MCT’s ‘The Subject Was Roses’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-13036-characters-drive-mctrss-lsthe-subject-was-rosesrs-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre brings a compelling, character-driven story to the stage with the Frank D. Gilroy drama The Subject Was Roses. A boy from the Bronx returns home from World War II to spend some time with his parents. Directed with compassion and precision by Milwaukee Chamber’s C...]]> Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Dark, Dramatic ‘Roses’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12965-milwaukee-chamber-theatrerss-dark-dramatic-lsrosesrs-theater-preview.html Marquette’s ‘Stratagem’ Finds Its Mark - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12966-marquetterss-lsstratagemrs-finds-its-mark-theater-review.html Broadminded’s Stylish ‘Lions and Tigers and Zombies’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12967-broadmindedrss-stylish-lslions-and-tigers-and-zombiesrs-theater-review.html Marquette, Broadminded Aim for Laughs - Updated ‘Stratagem,' zombies show off Milwaukee's comedic flair http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12897-marquette-broadminded-aim-for-laughs-updated-lsstratagem-zombies-show-off-milwaukees-comedic-flair.html ‘Young Frankenstein’ Animates Marcus Center Stage - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12890-lsyoung-frankensteinrs-animates-marcus-center-stage-theater-review.html The touring Broadway production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein coasted through town last week. The show mixes a big Broadway musical with Mel Brooks’ characteristic screwball comedy...]]> ‘The Lears,’ ‘Tape’ Offer Unique Theater Events - Shakespearean deconstruction, hotel-room drama among Milwaukee offerings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12818-lsthe-learsrs-lstapers-offer-unique-theater-events-shakespearean-deconstruction-hotel-room-drama-among-milwaukee-offerings.html Problematic Locale Keeps ‘The Foreigner’ From Feeling at Home - Soulstice's talented cast up against technical difficulties http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12792-problematic-locale-keeps-lsthe-foreignerrs-from-feeling-at-home-soulstices-talented-cast-up-against-technical-difficulties.html Under the direction of Soulstice Theatre’s artistic director, Char Manny, a talented cast launches the funny, screwball comedy The Foreigner. The show continues through Nov. 13 at the Marian Center for Nonprofits in St. Francis. It was written by the late playwright Larry Shue, a former actor at Milwaukee Repertory Theater...]]> Emotional Intensity Heats Up UWM’s ‘By the Bog of Cats’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12793-emotional-intensity-heats-up-uwmrss-lsby-the-bog-of-catsrs-theater-review.html Youngblood Theatre’s Warehouse ‘Freakshow’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12730-youngblood-theatrerss-warehouse-lsfreakshowrs-theater-preview.html ‘Art of Murder’ Shows In Tandem’s Masterful Touch - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12731-lsart-of-murderrs-shows-in-tandemrss-masterful-touch-theater-review.html Near the center of a very clean, traditional domestic set lies a coffin-shaped metal tank. This odd juxtaposition of familiar and foreign elements serves as a symbolic backdrop for In Tandem’s production of Joe DiPietro’s Art of Murder. The dark comedy in which an artist aspires to kill his art dealer is one that...]]> In Tandem Crafts the ‘Art of Murder’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12649-in-tandem-crafts-the-lsart-of-murderrs-theater-preview.html ‘Main-Travelled Roads’ an Avenue for Romance - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12650-lsmain-travelled-roadsrs-an-avenue-for-romance-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Main-Travelled Roads—a musical based on Wisconsin-born novelist Hamlin Garland’s...]]> Strong Cast Powers UWM’s ‘As It Is in Heaven’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12651-strong-cast-powers-uwmrss-lsas-it-is-in-heavenrs-theater-review.html From Page to Stage: ‘Main-Travelled Roads’ and ‘Peter Pan’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12502-from-page-to-stage-lsmain-travelled-roadsrs-and-lspeter-panrs-theater-preview.html Alchemist Theatre Explores Haunting ‘Murder Castle’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12503-alchemist-theatre-explores-haunting-lsmurder-castlers-theater-review.html There’s no denying the viciousness in the story of H.H. Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders in Chicago between 1888 and 1894. Aaron Kopec, author of the Alchemist Theatre’s stage drama...]]> Alchemist’s October Tradition Alive With ‘Murder Castle’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12428-alchemistrss-october-tradition-alive-with-lsmurder-castlers-theater-preview.html Intense Drama in Renaissance’s ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12429-intense-drama-in-renaissancerss-lsreasons-to-be-prettyrs-theater-review.html ‘Aesop’s Fables’ Delights at First Stage - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12430-lsaesoprss-fablesrs-delights-at-first-stage-theater-review.html This month First Stage Children’s Theater presents a production aimed at the youngest of audiences. Suitable for ages 3 to 6, Aesop’s Fables pairs talented comic actors Matt Daniels and Karen Estrada with two First Stage students. The well-balanced cast plays a group of vaudevillians performing classic fables...]]> Silences Speak to Truths in Rep’s ‘Asher Lev’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12431-silences-speak-to-truths-in-reprss-lsasher-levrs-theater-review.html Renaissance Offers ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12349-renaissance-offers-lsreasons-to-be-prettyrs-theater-preview.html Rep’s ‘Laurel and Hardy’ Mixes Laughs, Drama - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12350-reprss-lslaurel-and-hardyrs-mixes-laughs-drama-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep opens its second show of the new season with the U.S. premiere of Laurel and Hardy, Tom McGrath’s tribute to the comedy team from the Golden Age of cinema. The show graces the Rep’s most intimate stage, the Stackner Cabaret, in a production directed by Resident Acting Company Member Laura...]]> Marquette’s ‘Spelling Bee’ Is a Lesson in Fun - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12351-marquetterss-lsspelling-beers-is-a-lesson-in-fun-theater-review.html Performance Art Souveniers - Performance Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12318-performance-art-souveniers-performance-review.html Bank On Windfall Theatre’s ‘The President’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12275-bank-on-windfall-theatrerss-lsthe-presidentrs-theater-review.html Next Act’s ‘Four Places’ Reveals Complexity of Family http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12276-next-actrss-lsfour-placesrs-reveals-complexity-of-family.html Next Act Theatre opens its season with Four Places, a family drama infused with dark comedy. On a nearly bare set, Mary MacDonald Kerr and Mark Ulrich play a brother and sister driving together on their way to pick up their...]]> Extravagant Fun at Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Cabaret’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12277-extravagant-fun-at-milwaukee-reprss-lscabaretrs-theater-review.html Big Shows Kick Off New Season of Theater - ‘Cabaret,' ‘Dames at Sea' headline Milwaukee offerings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12203-big-shows-kick-off-new-season-of-theater-lscabaret-lsdames-at-sea-headline-milwaukee-offerings.html Sunset Playhouse Finds Humor in Steve Martin’s ‘Underpants’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12204-sunset-playhouse-finds-humor-in-steve-martinrss-lsunderpantsrs-theater-review.html Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s The Underpants makes for agreeable social satire at the Sunset Playhouse. Michael Desper’s set comes together at pleasantly unexpected angles, and so does the cast...]]> Sunset Playhouse Tries On Steve Martin’s ‘Underpants’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12122-sunset-playhouse-tries-on-steve-martinrss-lsunderpantsrs-theater-preview.html Neil Haven’s Unique, Satisfying ‘Playdaters’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12065-neil-havenrss-unique-satisfying-lsplaydatersrs-theater-review.html Andre’ Lee Ellis & Co. Finds a Home - Black theater raising consciousness in the community http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-12017-andrers-lee-ellis-co-finds-a-home-black-theater-raising-consciousness-in-the-community.html After roaming nomadically for many seasons, Andre’ Lee Ellis & Co. finally has a home. “It’s just like Downtown,” says Andre Lee Ellis, the theater company’s namesake, proud to show visitors around the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (1531 W. Vliet St.), a County Parks facility with a...]]> Off the Wall Theatre’s Campy ‘Psycho Beach Party’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11981-off-the-wall-theatrerss-campy-lspsycho-beach-partyrs-theater-preview.html ‘Major Barbara’ Displays Wit of APT, G.B. Shaw - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11982-lsmajor-barbarars-displays-wit-of-apt-gb-shaw-theater-review.html Ideologies collide and the morality of money is much debated in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, American Players Theatre’s final offering this season. Director David Frank, also APT’s artistic director, has trimmed some snarls from the Shavian narrative, resulting in a brighter performance wrapping an otherwise knotted...]]> ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’ at Waukesha Civic Theatre - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11983-lsshake-rattle-rollrs-at-waukesha-civic-theatre-theater-review.html ‘The Playdaters’: A Romantic Comedy, Gen-X Style - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11914-lsthe-playdatersrs-a-romantic-comedy-gen-x-style-theater-preview.html ‘Exits and Entrances’ Continues APT’s Strong Season - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11915-lsexits-and-entrancesrs-continues-aptrss-strong-season-theater-review.html The great South African actor Andre Huguenet (Kenneth Albers) is dying of unimportance, a classical performer at the end of his career. But the lessons he teaches the playwright (David Daniel) in Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances, which opened Tuesday at American Players Theatre’s Touchstone Theatre, are some of the most meaningful that the young man...]]> ‘Jeeves Intervenes’ With Style at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11916-lsjeeves-intervenesrs-with-style-at-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-theater-review.html American Players Theatre’s ‘Circle’ Shaped By Wit, Heart - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11846-american-players-theatrerss-lscirclers-shaped-by-wit-heart-theater-review.html Wit and heart combine seamlessly in The Circle, W. Somerset Maugham’s comedy of manners that opened Saturday at American Players Theatre. A strong emotional streak threads its way through the wry observations and witty...]]> ‘Jeeves Intervenes’ at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre‘Jeeves Intervenes’ at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11833-lsjeeves-intervenesrs-at-milwaukee-chamber-theatrelsjeeves-intervenesrs-at-milwaukee-chamber-theatre-theater-preview.html ‘Hula Hoop Sha-Boop’: Milwaukee Rep’s ’50s Nostalgia http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11772-lshula-hoop-sha-booprs-milwaukee-reprss-rs50s-nostalgia.html Boulevard Theatre’s Enjoyable ‘Fourplay’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11773-boulevard-theatrerss-enjoyable-lsfourplayrs-theater-review.html Boulevard Theatre, the tiny theater space in Bay View, deserves a round of applause for producing an exquisite collection of short plays under the heading of “Fourplay.” The title could also refer to the term “foreplay,” as all of these little gems share a romantic theme. The result is an...]]> Soulstice Theatre Attempts to Master ‘Chess’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11774-soulstice-theatre-attempts-to-master-lschessrs-theater-review.html Cold War ‘Chess’ at Soulstice Theatre - Plus: Laugh with Boulevard Theatre, Milwaukee Comedy Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11701-cold-war-lschessrs-at-soulstice-theatre-plus-laugh-with-boulevard-theatre-milwaukee-comedy-festival.html Head ‘Into the Woods’ With Sondheim, Off the Wall - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11690-head-lsinto-the-woodsrs-with-sondheim-off-the-wall-theater-review.html Off the Wall Theatre director Dale Gutzman adds some stylish touches while exploring the dark end of fairy tales in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The tiny space of the studio theater is split in half. The audience sits on the right, and the stage rests on the left. A skyline serves as background as the show fades in with the sounds...]]> Youngblood Theatre Driven to ‘Arson’ - Plus: Milwaukee welcomes ‘Into the Woods,' ‘Hairspray' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11640-youngblood-theatre-driven-to-lsarsonrs-plus-milwaukee-welcomes-lsinto-the-woods-lshairspray.html Sunset’s Uneven ‘Hair’ Still Holds Charm - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11641-sunsetrss-uneven-lshairrs-still-holds-charm-theater-review.html Because the raw, organic aesthetic of the ’60s counterculture is at odds with the polished perfection of a Broadway-style musical, Hair is a very difficult show to finesse. The current production at Sunset Playhouse, directed by Ray Jivoff with thoughtful choreography by Sarah Wilbur Price, aims to strike a balance between...]]> ‘Hair’ to Shine at Sunset Playhouse - Also: Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship's concluding performance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11569-lshairrs-to-shine-at-sunset-playhouse-also-lunt-fontanne-fellowships-concluding-performance.html Acacia Theatre’s Uplifting ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11570-acacia-theatrerss-uplifting-lssmoke-on-the-mountainrs-theater-review.html Acacia Theatre closes out its 30th year with Smoke on the Mountain, a musical filled with traditional hymns and Bible-quoting one-upmanship one Saturday night at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Set in rural North Carolina in 1938, Smoke tells the story of the singing Sanders Family, who end up taking over the church service from the well...]]> Baby Boomers Get Their Due - Alchemist debuts sketch comedy ‘Boomtown!' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11497-baby-boomers-get-their-due-alchemist-debuts-sketch-comedy-lsboomtown_.html Madden Amazes in ‘The Syringa Tree’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11498-madden-amazes-in-lsthe-syringa-treers-theater-review.html A tree swing without the tree, a large patchwork textile drape done in earth tones and one enormously talented performer were all it took to bring to life American Players Theatre’s most moving and compelling play of the season. Actor Colleen Madden and Director C. Michael Wright teamed together once again to bring Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree to APT’s Touchstone...]]> New Twist on Fairy Tales at Carte Blanche Studios - Plus: ‘Wicked' swoops into the Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11422-new-twist-on-fairy-tales-at-carte-blanche-studios-plus-lswicked-swoops-into-the-marcus-center.html APT’s Farcical ‘Waiting for Godot’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11423-aptrss-farcical-lswaiting-for-godotrs.html “We all are born mad and some remain so,” says Estragon (Jim DeVita) to Vladimir (James Ridge) in American Players Theatre’s production of Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s...]]> Delightfully Tawdry ‘Another Part of the Forest’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11424-delightfully-tawdry-lsanother-part-of-the-forestrs.html Bad Example Debuts With ‘Fahrenheit 451’ - Alchemist Theatre hosts new theater company http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11337-bad-example-debuts-with-lsfahrenheit-451rs-alchemist-theatre-hosts-new-theater-company.html ‘All’s Well’ for Fun Cast at American Players Theatre - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11338-lsallrss-wellrs-for-fun-cast-at-american-players-theatre-theater-review.html Alas, poor Bertram (Matt Schwader). Sent to make his way in the court of France’s king (Jonathan Smoots) by his widowed mother, the Countess of Rossillion (Tracy Michelle Arnold), young Bertram thinks this is his way to escape the clutches of Helena (Ally Carey), a comely physician’s daughter who pines for his troth...]]> Alchemist Theatre’s Dark ‘Closet Land’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11339-alchemist-theatrerss-dark-lscloset-landrs-theater-review.html Alchemist’s Dramatic Turn in ‘Closet Land’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11267-alchemistrss-dramatic-turn-in-lscloset-landrs-theater-preview.html Don’t Miss APT’s ‘As You Like It’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11268-donrst-miss-aptrss-lsas-you-like-itrs-theater-review.html American Players Theatre’s past attempts to cash in on creative license haven’t always worked as planned, sometimes resulting in forced attempts at new window...]]> Broadminded’s ‘Science & Surplus’ Provides Clever Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11179-broadmindedrss-lsscience-surplusrs-provides-clever-comedy-theater-review.html The smart, accessible sketch comedy group Broadminded takes quite a few chances with its latest show, Science & Surplus. The program...]]> Milwaukeean Kate Baldwin Nominated for a Tony Award - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11180-milwaukeean-kate-baldwin-nominated-for-a-tony-award-theater-preview.html Even though she’d been gone from Milwaukee for 10 years when she got the news about her first Tony Award nomination, one of the first things actress Kate Baldwin did was call her Shorewood High School drama teacher Barbara Gensler...]]> Women Who Play Men, Men Who Play Women - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11105-women-who-play-men-men-who-play-women-theater-preview.html The local all-woman sketch comedy group Broadminded returns to the stage with a new show this week. With their regular rehearsal...]]> ‘Rent’ Remains Powerful - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11029-lsrentrs-remains-powerful-theater-review.html More than 20 years since it changed the face of Broadway musicals, Rent proves that its powerful message can still be told with urgency, poignancy and joy. Even theater lovers who previously have seen Rent would be remiss to skip the production that opened Friday...]]> Soulstice’s Unspeakably Beautiful Love Song - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-11030-soulsticerss-unspeakably-beautiful-love-song-theater-review.html The complexities of romance and the human psyche are explored with striking insight in John Kolvenbach’s 2008 comedy Love Song. Co-directed by Char Manny and Josh Perkins, Soulstice Theatre’s production of the play deftly draws out Kolvenbach’s complexities in an intimate staging at the Marian Center...]]> Gilbert, Sullivan, Skylight and Afterlife - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10988-gilbert-sullivan-skylight-and-afterlife-theater-preview.html Pink Banana Theatre’s Program of One-Acts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10965-pink-banana-theatrerss-program-of-one-acts.html ‘Rent’ Due at Skylight Opera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10894-lsrentrs-due-at-skylight-opera.html Marcus Center Plays Home to ‘Sassy Mamas’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10895-marcus-center-plays-home-to-lssassy-mamasrs-theater-review.html ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ Worth Taking at Acacia - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10896-lsthe-trip-to-bountifulrs-worth-taking-at-acacia-theater-review.html Windfall Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park’ - Plus: ‘Heart of a Dog' at Moct http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10815-windfall-theatrerss-lssunday-in-the-parkrs-plus-lsheart-of-a-dog-at-moct.html In Tandem Entertains With ‘The Apple Tree’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10816-in-tandem-entertains-with-lsthe-apple-treers-theater-review.html “Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.” These all-too-familiar words have an all-too-true meaning for the characters in The Apple Tree, which In Tandem Theatre opened last weekend...]]> Dynamic ‘Carmen’ Brings Laughs - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10817-dynamic-lscarmenrs-brings-laughs-theater-review.html Kitchen Witches’ Falls Flat - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10818-kitchen-witchesrs-falls-flat-theater-review.html In Tandem Theatre Picks From ‘The Apple Tree’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10725-in-tandem-theatre-picks-from-lsthe-apple-treers-theater-preview.html John McGivern Adds Depth to ‘American Fiesta’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10726-john-mcgivern-adds-depth-to-lsamerican-fiestars-theater-review.html Talented storyteller John McGivern proves that a play about pottery can be entertaining, funny and thought-provoking, and may even leave the audience a bit teary-eyed. At least that’s the case when McGivern appears in a solo show, American Fiesta, which opened on Friday night. The Renaissance Theaterworks production continues through May 23...]]> Sunset Playhouse Fuels Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10727-sunset-playhouse-fuels-neil-simonrss-lsrumorsrs-theater-review.html Carte Blanche’s Intimate ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10728-carte-blancherss-intimate-lsstreetcar-named-desirers-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber’s Brilliant ‘Sweetest Swing in Baseball’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10666-milwaukee-chamberrss-brilliant-lssweetest-swing-in-baseballrs-theater-review.html Shakespeare and Superheroes at Youngblood Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10667-shakespeare-and-superheroes-at-youngblood-theatre.html Youngblood Theatre co-founder Michael Cotey says that Mickle Maher’s Spirits to Enforce is smarter than he is—in fact, Cotey, who directs the production, says everyone involved in the Milwaukee debut of the show seems convinced that they’ll never be involved in another project like this again...]]> Silent Theater - Listening to The M.U.T.E.S. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10604-silent-theater-listening-to-the-mutes.html "I think all actors should study silent films," says Alice Wilson, founder of The M.U.T.E.S, "They are a wellspring of useful information about our craft. So many ways to communicate without saying a word!" Wilson's fascination with movies made before dialogue was an option led her to develop one of the city's busiest theater troupes. Since their April 2009 inception, "We've averaged two and a half times per...]]> Dark Comedy in Milwaukee Chamber’s ‘Sweetest Swing in Baseball’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10522-dark-comedy-in-milwaukee-chamberrss-lssweetest-swing-in-baseballrs-theater-preview.html Soulstice Captures ‘Steel Magnolias’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10524-soulstice-captures-lssteel-magnoliasrs-theater-review.html First Stage’s Delightful ‘No Good, Very Bad Day’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10525-first-stagerss-delightful-lsno-good-very-bad-dayrs-theater-review.html Alexander is having a bad day. In fact, he’s having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And that’s even before he gets out of bed...]]> Soulstice Theatre Presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10426-soulstice-theatre-presents-lssteel-magnoliasrs.html Next Act’s Remarkable ‘The Value of Names’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10427-next-actrss-remarkable-lsthe-value-of-namesrs-theater-review.html Boulevard Theatre’s ‘It’s Your Mother’ Lets Daughters Vent - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10428-boulevard-theatrerss-lsitrss-your-motherrs-lets-daughters-vent-theater-review.html The mothers dote on, criticize, patronize and, of course, know better than their adult daughters. The daughters in turn vent their frustration and anger on topics like the onset of old age, dealing with Thanksgiving holidays and planning a wedding. The 15-member cast—14 women, one man—keeps it...]]> ‘Seven Keys’ to Comedy at Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10322-lsseven-keysrs-to-comedy-at-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak is Joseph Hanreddy’s original new take on the classic mystery comedy Seven Keys to Baldpate. The final production of Hanreddy’s 17-year tenure at Milwaukee Repertory Theater...]]> Next Act, Boulevard Theatre Wrap Up Another Season - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10328-next-act-boulevard-theatre-wrap-up-another-season-theater-preview.html Alchemist Theatre Brings Classic Video Games to Life - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10265-alchemist-theatre-brings-classic-video-games-to-life-theater-preview.html Stackner Cabaret’s Enjoyable ‘Route 66’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10266-stackner-cabaretrss-enjoyable-lsroute-66rs-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret concludes its season with Route 66, Roger Bean’s musical tribute to the open road. The musical starts with the all-male, four-member cast singing at a service station in Chicago and follows them along the legendary stretch of concrete all the way to California. Like any road trip, there are moments that blur together...]]> Skylight Opera Captures Hollywood’s Golden Age - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10173-skylight-opera-captures-hollywoodrss-golden-age-theater-review.html A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in the Ukraine is a clever, nostalgic package. The two-part tribute to 1930s Hollywood cinema packs just enough intellectual edge to keep the show interesting beneath the surface of a light...]]> Theatre Gigante’s Beautiful ‘Three Other Sisters’ - Performance Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10176-theatre-giganterss-beautiful-lsthree-other-sistersrs-performance-review.html Three Other Sisters, the fine new work by Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson that opened last weekend, is beautifully composed and deeply felt...]]> The First Bite: ‘Kill the Rich! Kill the Poor!’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10158-the-first-bite-lskill-the-rich_-kill-the-poor_rs-theater-preview.html Slovenia’s Vlado Kreslin in Milwaukee for ‘Three Other Sisters’ - Performance Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10128-sloveniarss-vlado-kreslin-in-milwaukee-for-lsthree-other-sistersrs-performance-preview.html Isabelle Kralj has received five grants from the Slovenian government and the U.S. Embassy to create new works in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with dancers and composers from the European nation. In 2006, she created a performance using the music of Vlado Kreslin, Slovenia’s most beloved singer/songwriter. Now, with her co-director...]]> Skylight Goes Hollywood (And the Ukraine) http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10129-skylight-goes-hollywood-%2528and-the-ukraine%2529.html Well-Balanced Drama in Rep’s ‘Radio Golf’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10130-well-balanced-drama-in-reprss-lsradio-golfrs-theater-review.html Any politician trying to make meaningful change is in for a tremendous challenge, as noble ideals become complicated by real-world concerns. Playwright August Wilson examines this idea in Radio Golf, the final play in Wilson’s exhaustive 10-part...]]> First Stage’s ‘The Wiz’ Is Worth the Journey - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10131-first-stagerss-lsthe-wizrs-is-worth-the-journey-theater-review.html The Wiz had the children in the audience at First Stage Children’s Theater enthralled throughout the show, from the moment Dorothy took to the stage with a real-live Toto in her arms to the finale 90 minutes later when her long, strange trip through Oz brought her full circle...]]> Milwaukee Hosts ‘Our Town,’ ‘Radio Golf’ and Two Debuts - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10042-milwaukee-hosts-lsour-townrs-lsradio-golfrs-and-two-debuts-theater-preview.html Sunset Playhouse’s Fun ‘Escanaba in Love’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10023-sunset-playhouserss-fun-lsescanaba-in-lovers-theater-review.html A couple of years ago actor/playwright Jeff Daniels wrote a follow-up to his 1993 hit Escanaba in Da Moonlight, a comedy about hunting in the Upper Peninsula. That follow-up (which is actually a prequel to the original), Escanaba in Love, makes it to the Sunset Playhouse in a production directed by Artistic Director Mark Salentine...]]> Message Shines in Acacia Theatre’s ‘Secret Garden’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-10024-message-shines-in-acacia-theatrerss-lssecret-gardenrs-theater-review.html The Secret Garden has been a beloved classic ever since it debuted as a serial in a magazine a century ago. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale of Mary, an unhappy British girl sent to live with her reclusive, widower uncle after her parents die, has...]]> In Tandem Lets Loose With Humorous ‘Stuck’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9974-in-tandem-lets-loose-with-humorous-lsstuckrs-theater-preview.html Off the Wall, Carte Blanche Add to Shakespearean Mix http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9975-off-the-wall-carte-blanche-add-to-shakespearean-mix.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Touching ‘Duet for One’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9976-milwaukee-chamber-theatrerss-touching-lsduet-for-oners-theater-review.html Duet for One, which opened last weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT), is based in part on the life of renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, whose successful career was cut short when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 28. She lived another 14 years, watching from a wheelchair as the career of her husband, pianist and conductor Daniel...]]> ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ at Boulevard Theatre - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9880-lsallrss-well-that-ends-wellrs-at-boulevard-theatre-theater-review.html Difficult But Delightful ‘Seafarer’ at Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9881-difficult-but-delightful-lsseafarerrs-at-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html The Seafarer takes its title from an ancient English poem hearkening to man’s spiritual struggle for peace and endurance. The Milwaukee Rep’s new production comes courtesy of talented Irish playwright Conor McPherson, whose early years of alcoholism are not lost in this Irish morality play. Card-playing men at a whiskey-besotted Christmas Eve celebration...]]> Shakespeare in Milwaukee With ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9882-shakespeare-in-milwaukee-with-lsmacbethrs-lsmuch-ado-about-nothingrs-theater-preview.html ‘The Seafarer’ Comes to Milwaukee Rep - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9804-lsthe-seafarerrs-comes-to-milwaukee-rep-theater-preview.html Waukesha Civic Theatre’s Memorable ‘Crimes of the Heart’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9805-waukesha-civic-theatrerss-memorable-lscrimes-of-the-heartrs-theater-review.html The Waukesha Civic Theatre explores some rather dark ground with its production of Beth Henley’s tragicomedy Crimes of the Heart. Donna Daniels plays Lenny Magrath, the eldest of three sisters...]]> Memories’ Cast Tries to Rescue ‘Baggage’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9806-memoriesrs-cast-tries-to-rescue-lsbaggagers-theater-review.html Memories Dinner Theater begins 2010 with the Midwest premiere of Sam Bobrick’s Baggage. The title has more than one meaning, referring not only to a mix-up of luggage at the airport, but also the emotional impediments we tend to carry through life. For Bobrick, who offered...]]> Brilliant Acting in Next Act’s ‘Purgatorio’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9726-brilliant-acting-in-next-actrss-lspurgatoriors.html A play featuring little more than two characters in a single room could easily lose an audience’s attention, even if the two characters are based on Jason and Medea and the room is in Purgatory. Despite the inherent...]]> Waukesha Civic Opens ‘Crimes of the Heart’ - Also: ‘All's Well That Ends Well' at Boulevard Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9730-waukesha-civic-opens-lscrimes-of-the-heartrs-also-lsalls-well-that-ends-well-at-boulevard-theatre.html Wait Is Over for ‘Purgatorio’ at Next Act Theatre - Theatre Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9630-wait-is-over-for-lspurgatoriors-at-next-act-theatre-theatre-preview.html First Stage’s Flawed But Fun ‘Thief Lord’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9631-first-stagerss-flawed-but-fun-lsthief-lordrs-theater-review.html Milwaukee’s top-notch children’s theater, First Stage, recently opened a world premiere production of The Thief Lord. The show, based on the best-selling novel by Cornelia Funke, continues through Feb. 14. The book is ripe for a stage version, as it contains magic, mystery, adventure...]]> Sunset Playhouse Pokes Fun in ‘Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9632-sunset-playhouse-pokes-fun-in-lsmid-life_-the-crisis-musicalrs.html Ah, midlife: There’s the forgetting of the car keys, repeating one’s self, trips to the doctor, repeating one’s self, adult children back living at home, repeating one’s self… And then there’s Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, which pokes fun at the onset of middle age and all its accompanying challenges. Within an hour and 50 minutes of musical vignettes, Sunset Playhouse covers all the recognizable signs...]]> ‘The Thief Lord’ Comes to First Stage - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9583-lsthe-thief-lordrs-comes-to-first-stage-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep Examines Love in ‘Almost, Maine’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9584-milwaukee-rep-examines-love-in-lsalmost-mainers-theater-review.html On a Friday night in the deep of winter, the residents of the remote, fictional town in Almost, Maine let their love stories unfold, revealing how feelings of affection and attachment can swing from easy and uncomplicated to painful and confounding, and how wildly unpredictable the consequences of their actions can be...]]> ‘Red Light Winter’ Arrives at Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9503-lsred-light-winterrs-arrives-at-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html Roz White Is ‘Pearl Bailey’ at Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9504-roz-white-is-lspearl-baileyrs-at-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html The Rep’s ‘Yankee Tavern’ Questions the Truth - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9505-the-reprss-lsyankee-tavernrs-questions-the-truth-theater-review.html Playwright Steven Dietz sets one of his newest works, Yankee Tavern, in a dilapidated New York bar five years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. When his father died of a questionable suicide, a young international studies grad student named Adam (Brian Vaughn) inherited the titular tavern, and now serves a clientele that seems...]]> Milwaukee Rep’s Winter Romance in ‘Almost, Maine’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9438-milwaukee-reprss-winter-romance-in-lsalmost-mainers-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Yankee Tavern’ Talks Conspiracies, 9/11 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9380-milwaukee-reprss-lsyankee-tavernrs-talks-conspiracies-9_11.html Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ at Marquette - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9327-dylan-thomasrs-lsunder-milk-woodrs-at-marquette-theater-preview.html Laughs Come Late in ‘Inspecting Carol’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9305-laughs-come-late-in-lsinspecting-carolrs-theater-review.html With all the productions of A Christmas Carol that take place every holiday season, what might happen if the Dickens classic got rewritten just in time for a surprise visit from a representative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)? That’s the premise for Sunset Playhouse’s production of Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, who based the idea on Gogol...]]> John McGivern Is ‘Home for the Holidays’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9212-john-mcgivern-is-lshome-for-the-holidaysrs.html John McGivern is one of those rare performers lucky enough to display tremendous onstage appeal as himself, talented enough to make it work without appearing egotistical and savvy enough to carve out a career doing it...]]> Off the Wall’s Ambitious ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9213-off-the-wallrss-ambitious-lsla-cage-aux-follesrs-theater-review.html Off the Wall Theatre’s production of La Cage Aux Folles is as big and ambitious as any musical the company has previously staged. The stylish set design accomplishes a lot with color alone, relying on pink flamingos and a grand piano to do the rest. At times overwhelmingly impressive and at times simply overwhelming...]]> Clown ‘Leaving the Ring’ at Alchemist Theatre - Theatre Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9144-clown-lsleaving-the-ringrs-at-alchemist-theatre-theatre-preview.html Soulstice Successfully Compresses Shakespeare’s Complete Works - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9147-soulstice-successfully-compresses-shakespearerss-complete-works-theater-review.html In Tandem’s Sassy, Salacious ‘Scrooge’ Delights - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9148-in-tandemrss-sassy-salacious-lsscroogers-delights-theater-review.html The holiday season is box-office gold for performing arts groups, which out of economic necessity tend to follow the mantra of “give the people what they want,” resulting in predictable, if well-done, offerings of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol...]]> Milwaukee Public Theatre - Serving the Community http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9108-milwaukee-public-theatre-serving-the-community.html Milwaukee Public Theatre, celebrating its 35th year, is responsible for creating and performing more than 400 productions, often at no charge or for a nominal fee, to audiences state and nationwide. With a focus on health education, MPT entertainers visit public places in Milwaukee, such as parks and schools, to exhibit...]]> Acacia Theatre Presents ‘The Gifts of the Magi’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9070-acacia-theatre-presents-lsthe-gifts-of-the-magirs-theater-preview.html ‘A Christmas Carol’ Shines at Pabst Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9045-lsa-christmas-carolrs-shines-at-pabst-theater.html First Stage’s ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9046-first-stagerss-lsbest-christmas-pageant-everrs.html Boulevard Theatre’s Minimal ‘Marriage of Bette and Boo’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9047-boulevard-theatrerss-minimal-lsmarriage-of-bette-and-boors.html ‘Plaid Tidings’ Brings Holiday Cheer to Skylight Opera Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9048-lsplaid-tidingsrs-brings-holiday-cheer-to-skylight-opera-theatre.html Milwaukee Rep Presents ‘Lady With All the Answers’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-9049-milwaukee-rep-presents-lslady-with-all-the-answersrs.html In his one-woman show, The Lady With All the Answers, playwright David Rambo creates a compelling portrait of Esther “Eppie” Lederer, better known as Ann Landers, the trailblazing advice columnist who answered countless letters in a newspaper column that made her a legend. Milwaukee Rep Resident Acting Company...]]> Milwaukee Rep’s Laura Gordon Channels Ann Landers - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8989-milwaukee-reprss-laura-gordon-channels-ann-landers-theater-preview.html Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Holmes and Watson’: Quite Right - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8990-milwaukee-reprss-lsholmes-and-watsonrs-quite-right-theater-review.html Good lord, mystery solved. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson can sing, and sing exceedingly well, indeed. The evidence is amusingly provided by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere of Holmes and Watson...]]> Anthony Rapp’s Echoes of His Younger Self - Hit Broadway musical ‘Rent' arrives at Marcus Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8904-anthony-rapprss-echoes-of-his-younger-self-hit-broadway-musical-lsrent-arrives-at-marcus-center.html Laughing at the Ledge: Next Act’s ‘7 Stories’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8905-laughing-at-the-ledge-next-actrss-ls7-storiesrs-theater-review.html Actors Shine in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s ‘Moon Over the Brewery’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8906-actors-shine-in-milwaukee-chamber-theatrerss-lsmoon-over-the-breweryrs-theater-review.html Poets build castles in the air and lunatics live in them; in Moon Over the Brewery, now playing at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, single mom Miriam Waslyk obsessively paints the full moon and her teenage daughter Amanda is a gifted child whose imaginary friend "Randolph" helps her scare away any man who might come between them. Enter Warren Zimmerman, a mailman with a heart as big...]]> First Stage’s Winning ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ - Silly antics highlight First Steps program for Milwaukee children's theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8695-first-stagerss-winning-lsif-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookiers-silly-antics-highlight-first-steps-program-for-milwaukee-childrens-theater.html Ask any preschooler what happens when “you give a mouse a cookie,” and you’ll get an immediate answer: “He’ll want a glass of milk!” Well, that’s only the beginning of author Laura Numeroff’s tale about a young boy who befriends a mischievous mouse in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The rest of the story unfolds in a smart and snappy adaptation...]]> Next Act’s ‘7 Stories’ Explores the Gravity of Comedy - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8696-next-actrss-ls7-storiesrs-explores-the-gravity-of-comedy-theater-preview.html Alan Atwood Stars in Acacia Theatre’s ‘Traveling Light’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8603-alan-atwood-stars-in-acacia-theatrerss-lstraveling-lightrs-theater-review.html Sunset Playhouse’s Clever ‘Deathtrap’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8604-sunset-playhouserss-clever-lsdeathtraprs.html Ira Levin’s Deathtrap is a clever piece of murder-drama currently being staged in style at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. Paul Troglia stars as Sidney Bruhl, a playwright known for his mystery thrillers. It’s been a long time since Bruhl’s last success, a situation that is made all the more apparent when he receives a script from an aspiring playwright (Mark R. Neufang)...]]> Carte Blanche Studios Turns to ‘The Producers’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8565-carte-blanche-studios-turns-to-lsthe-producersrs-theater-preview.html Theatre Gigante’s ‘Night at the Movies’ - Performance Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8566-theatre-giganterss-lsnight-at-the-moviesrs-performance-preview.html First separately, then together in Milwaukee Dance Theatre, and now as married co-directors of Theatre Gigante, choreographer/dancer Isabelle Kralj and writer/performer Mark Anderson have been invaluable pioneers in forging a unique hybrid of dance and theater in Milwaukee...]]> Wisconsin Hybrid Theater’s Comic ‘Dracula’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8517-wisconsin-hybrid-theaterrss-comic-lsdraculars-theater-review.html Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Happy Now?’ Explores Life’s Ups and Downs - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8518-milwaukee-reprss-lshappy-nowrs-explores-liferss-ups-and-downs-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Happy Now? is definitely a play for grown-ups, although the characters, all adults, often don’t handle life’s challenges in a grown-up way. The play opened Friday in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater...]]> Jane Monheit Wows Wilson Center Crowd - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8519-jane-monheit-wows-wilson-center-crowd-theater-review.html Saturday proved to be an evening of charm and seduction as pop jazz singer Jane Monheit and her stellar trio won over the capacity crowd at the Wilson Center for the Arts. In the course of two sets spanning two hours (with a 25-minute intermission), Monheit demonstrated that her youthful age...]]> RSVP Productions’ ‘New Century’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8474-rsvp-productionsrs-lsnew-centuryrs.html Paul Rudnick’s The New Century follows a simple format: Introduce three different characters in three different sketches and have them all meet in a fourth short at the end of the show. The four-part format, combined with Rudnick’s comic sensibilities, should make for highly polished comedy. Rudnick’s The New Century, which debuted in New York a few years ago...]]> Puppets of the Living Dead http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8455-puppets-of-the-living-dead.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Delightful ‘Picnic’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8414-milwaukee-chamber-theatrerss-delightful-lspicnicrs-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has embarked on an innovative collaboration with UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Theatre by casting students and faculty members in its production of Picnic, which opened last weekend. William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy tells the story...]]> ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ Fails to Connect http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8424-lsthe-year-of-magical-thinkingrs-fails-to-connect.html First Stage Provides Family Fun in ‘Junie B. Jones’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8425-first-stage-provides-family-fun-in-lsjunie-b-jonesrs-theater-review.html ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Happy Now?’ Headline Milwaukee Debuts - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8426-lshamletrs-and-lshappy-nowrs-headline-milwaukee-debuts-theater-preview.html ‘Dracula’ Emerges at Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8337-lsdraculars-emerges-at-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html A Fine Spot of ‘Tea at Five’ - Angela Iannone runs the gamut http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8338-a-fine-spot-of-lstea-at-fivers-angela-iannone-runs-the-gamut.html Renaissance Theaterworks’ Desperate Housewives in ‘The Smell of the Kill’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8339-renaissance-theaterworksrs-desperate-housewives-in-lsthe-smell-of-the-killrs-theater-review.html How desperate does a housewife need to be to stand aside as her husband slowly freezes to death in a basement meat locker? In her 2002 comedy, The Smell of the Kill, playwright Michele Lowe creates a vivid upper-crust world where such a scenario plays out. The story revolves around the wives—Nicky, Debra and Molly...]]> McGivern, Tarjan Light Up ‘Bunk Bed Brothers’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8340-mcgivern-tarjan-light-up-lsbunk-bed-brothersrs.html John McGivern Stars in Marcus Center’s ‘Bunk Bed Brothers’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8228-john-mcgivern-stars-in-marcus-centerrss-lsbunk-bed-brothersrs-theater-preview.html Matt Goldman and Pat Hazell’s Bunk Bed Brothers presents a light comedy about two baby-boomer brothers who return to their childhood home to spend the night in the bedroom they used to share. The substance of their childhood has been largely preserved, as the bedroom looks just as it did when they...]]> A Strong Case for Boulevard Theatre’s ‘Clarence Darrow’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8229-a-strong-case-for-boulevard-theatrerss-lsclarence-darrowrs-theater-review.html Clarence Darrow was called America’s “sophisticated country lawyer,” an agnostic who passionately believed in helping the underdog and strongly supported the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Boulevard Theatre opened Clarence Darrow last weekend...]]> Nonstop Laughs at Windfall Theatre’s ‘The Receptionist’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8230-nonstop-laughs-at-windfall-theatrerss-lsthe-receptionistrs-theater-review.html Women Pilots ‘Censored on Final Approach’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8231-women-pilots-lscensored-on-final-approachrs-theater-review.html ‘Clarence Darrow’ Comes to Boulevard Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8154-lsclarence-darrowrs-comes-to-boulevard-theatre-theater-preview.html Boulevard Theatre Artistic Director Mark Bucher approached David Ferrie with the idea of playing Darrow, Ferrie was hesitant. “When I first read the play,” Ferrie says of David Rintels’ Clarence Darrow...]]> Soulstice Theatre’s Inspirational ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8155-soulstice-theatrerss-inspirational-lstuesdays-with-morriers-theater-review.html Tuesdays with Morrie. Zembrowski is playing journalist Mitch Albom...]]> Laughs Abound in Carte Blanche’s ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8156-laughs-abound-in-carte-blancherss-lsdonrst-dress-for-dinnerrs-theater-review.html Don’t Dress for Dinner (through Oct. 4). This classic farce of mistaken identity isn’t without its flaws, but director Jimmy Dragolovich provides enough fun that the imperfections seem insignificant. Clayton Hamburg and Jordan Gwiazdowski add comic rapport...]]> The M.U.T.E.S. - Performance Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8104-the-mutes-performance-review.html Soulstice Theatre’s ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8091-soulstice-theatrerss-lstuesdays-with-morriers.html SoulsticeTheatre’s latest drama, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, makes its appearance at the Academy Studio Theatre on the fourth floor of the Marian Center for Nonprofits. The production stars Don Devona as sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. Morrie, afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease, has a remarkably liberated perspective on the nature of dying...]]> The Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Soultime at the Apollo’ Hits the Right Notes - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8092-the-milwaukee-reprss-lssoultime-at-the-apollors-hits-the-right-notes-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep opened its cabaret season earlier this month with a production of Soultime at the Apollo, a new musical revue by Kevin Ramsey. When the Rep produced Ramsey’s Fire on the Bayou last year, it yielded the highest-energy show to hit the Stackner Cabaret in a long time. Soultime at the Apollo... ]]> Renaissance Theaterworks’ Emotional ‘These Shining Lives’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-8093-renaissance-theaterworksrs-emotional-lsthese-shining-livesrs-theater-review.html These Shining Lives, a new play by Melanie Marnich. The line was part of a one-time reading staged by Renaissance Theaterworks, which, as "Milwaukee's only women-founded, women-run theatre company," brings women’s experience...]]> ‘Mary’s Wedding’ Provides Drama at Next Act Theatre - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7983-lsmaryrss-weddingrs-provides-drama-at-next-act-theatre-theater-review.html Mary’s Wedding, Stephen Massicotte’s drama about love, loss and war early in the 20th century. Georgina McKee stars as Mary, a pretty British girl who falls in love with a farm boy named Charlie (Braden Moran) after the two find themselves in a barn during a thunderstorm. The romance plays out in furtive moments between two young lovers... ]]> Hansberry-Sands Theatre Asks ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7962-hansberry-sands-theatre-asks-lswhat-would-jesus-dors-theater-preview.html ‘The Government Inspector’ Shines at Milwaukee Rep - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7982-lsthe-government-inspectorrs-shines-at-milwaukee-rep-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep’s season opener, Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire The Government Inspector, turned out to be a much-needed winner on all counts. After an indifferent summer season, opening-night audiences were delighted with Jeffrey Hatcher’s hilariously spiky, refreshingly updated translation, demonstrating once again director Joseph Hanreddy’s knack at coordinating a talented cast of skillful players into an ensemble...]]> ‘Company’ Arrives at Off the Wall Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7896-lscompanyrs-arrives-at-off-the-wall-theatre-theater-preview.html Jason Powell’s Sci-Fi Musical Invades Alchemist Theatre - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7848-jason-powellrss-sci-fi-musical-invades-alchemist-theatre-theater-preview.html Invader? I Hardly Know Her! premieres Sept. 9 and runs through Sept. 26 at the Alchemist Theatre in Bay View. Powell isn't revealing much about the show's plot, but Invader...]]> APT’s ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7849-aptrss-lslong-dayrss-journey-into-nightrs-theater-review.html Often, the present is little more than the accumulation of the past's painful residue. Few pasts appear to have been as painful as that of playwright Eugene O'Neill, whose autobiographical masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, caps American Players Theatre's 2009 summer season. Chronicling the family of James Tyrone Sr. (Kenneth Albers), a former stage actor who now dabbles unsuccessfully in real estate, Long Day's Journey finds its five-member cast...]]> American Players Theatre’s ‘Hay Fever’ Gives Rise to Comedy of Bad Manners - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7757-american-players-theatrerss-lshay-feverrs-gives-rise-to-comedy-of-bad-manners-theater-review.html Hay Fever is an excellent addition to American Players Theatre's late summer offerings. Tracy Michelle Arnold portrays Judith Bliss, a retired stage actress and matriarch of an eccentric, artistic British family in the mid-1920s. The action gets rolling... ]]> Bravura Performances Rescue Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ at APT - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7759-bravura-performances-rescue-shakespearerss-lshenry-vrs-at-apt-theater-review.html War isn't always what it seems, at least to William Shakespeare. Even in legend, heroism's conquests are offset by the conflict's horrors, making even the greatest victory at best bittersweet. Such is the suffering of poor Prince Hal (Matt Schwader), who has ascended the throne to become the title character in Henry V, American Players Theatre's latest production. In pursuit of the French throne and prompted by a jibe from...]]> The Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Government Inspector’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7761-the-milwaukee-reprss-lsgovernment-inspectorrs-theater-preview.html Tuesdays with Morrie was charming. The concise, thoroughly entertaining Murderers and Three Viewings featured exquisite, brilliant scripts with a series of stand-alone monologues. But Hatcher's adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel Armadale, which debuted last year with the Milwaukee Rep, was long-winded...]]> Go ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7696-go-lsaround-the-world-in-80-daysrs-with-milwaukee-chamber-theatre.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its season with Around the World in 80 Days, American playwright Mark Brown's comic adaptation of the classic 1873 adventure novel. Brown's script and Milwaukee Chamber's production value humor and fun over the book's serious sense of adventure. Matt Daniels cuts a stylish form...]]> ‘Ulysses’ Crewmen’ Portrays Brutal, Messy Drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7697-lsulyssesrs-crewmenrs-portrays-brutal-messy-drama.html Ulysses' Crewmen to the tiny space of Cream City Collectives this past weekend. Kate Pleuss plays a modern revolutionary who, during the G-20 trade summit...]]> Next Act Theatre Plans ‘Mary’s Wedding’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7664-next-act-theatre-plans-lsmaryrss-weddingrs-theater-preview.html Although the 2009-2010 theater season has begun, there is a conspicuous absence of openings over the next few weeks. But during a single week in September (Sept. 10-16), six shows will premiere in the greater Milwaukee area. Of those six productions, only one is a straight-ahead drama. Next Act Theatre will open its 20th season with...]]> On Tour with Ulysses - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7620-on-tour-with-ulysses-theater-preview.html Ulysses' Crewmen completes an exhausting journey to the stage this week as Insurgent Theatre brings the two-person dramato the Cream City Collectives (732 E. Clarke St.). Playwright and Insurgent Theatre co-founder Ben Turk has been working on the script for years. The story concerns the kidnapping...]]> Phantom of the Opera at the Marcus Center - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7591-phantom-of-the-opera-at-the-marcus-center-theater-review.html The touring production of The Phantom of the Opera inhabits the Marcus Center through Aug. 30. The wildly successful 22-year-old Broadway mega-hit comes to town amid persistent rumors that Andrew Lloyd Webber is working on a sequel due to debut on London's West End next spring. Strip away all of the hype and the show is still pretty entertaining....]]> Teens Take Stage at Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7592-teens-take-stage-at-milwaukee-comedy-festival-theater-review.html ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Inhabits the Marcus Center - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7509-lsphantom-of-the-operars-inhabits-the-marcus-center-theater-preview.html The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera wanders into town this week fresh from a monthlong engagement in Houston. The current incarnation of the show, having toured the United States for more than 15 years and more than 6,000 performances, has racked up quite a few miles and brings an incredible amount of momentum. Not bad for an idea that, to a...]]> Boulevard Stages A Satisfying Con - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7510-boulevard-stages-a-satisfying-con-theater-review.html The Boulevard Theatre opens its 2009 - 2010 season with the Milwaukee premiere of the Douglas Carter Beane comedy As Bees In Honey Drown. The Boulevard's notoriously humble budget fuses into the appeal of the production. The ensemble moves around on a tiny stage with an almost nonexistent set, performing...]]> Boulevard Theatre Opens ‘As Bees in Honey Drown’ - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7431-boulevard-theatre-opens-lsas-bees-in-honey-drownrs-theater-preview.html Boulevard Theatrelaunches its 2009-2010 season this week with the 1997 Douglas Carter Beane comedy, As Bees in Honey Drown. The story of a beautiful con artist who takes advantage of an aspiring author isn't exactly in touch with reality, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming a critical hit. In real life, aspiring writers... ]]> 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Rent' Set Up Shop in Milwaukee Area - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7372-sweeney-todd-rent-set-up-shop-in-milwaukee-area-theater-preview.html Off the Wall Theatre presents the 1979 Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd. It sounds...]]> Sunset Playhouse’s ‘Fame’ Captures High-School Experience - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7373-sunset-playhouserss-lsfamers-captures-high-school-experience-theater-review.html Sunset Playhouse's Fame (through Aug. 9) is an excellent example of the organic feel that can stem from a community theater production of a musical set in high school. With varying levels of talent and experience, some members of the cast fit more comfortably in their roles than others, in many ways mirroring the high-school...]]> ‘Savage in Limbo’ at Home in Landmark Lanes - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7374-lssavage-in-limbors-at-home-in-landmark-lanes-theater-review.html Savage in Limbo. Abbey Starr White is captivating in the title role of Denise Savage... ]]> ‘Old Times’ Brings New Dimension to APT - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7375-lsold-timesrs-brings-new-dimension-to-apt-theater-review.html Old Times, which opened at the Spring Green company's new Touchstone Theatre this month, follows the same pattern, bringing a new dimension to the APT experience...]]> Uprooted Sets Down Roots in Milwaukee’s Theater Scene - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7293-uprooted-sets-down-roots-in-milwaukeerss-theater-scene-theater-preview.html This week sees the debut of a new Milwaukee theater group, Uprooted, an African-American company introducing itself with a staging of the one-woman drama Beauty's Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith. An extended monologue about a woman trying to transcend the ghetto, Orlandersmith's 1995 drama speaks with a poet's tongue...]]> Alchemist Theatre’s “Sexual Perversity” - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7294-alchemist-theatrerss-ldsexual-perversityrd-theater-review.html Sexual Perversity in Chicago,one of David Mamet's earliest works for the stage, was way ahead of its time. Debuting in the mid-1970s, the play's frank discussion of sex, romance and male/female relations is delivered with the kind of humor that would later show up in premium cable shows like Sex and the City. The play now finds itself in Milwauke...]]> Acacia Theatre’s “Little Women” Needs Fine-Tuning http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7295-acacia-theatrerss-ldlittle-womenrd-needs-fine-tuning.html Little Women received poor reviews and ultimately closed the same year it opened. Unfortunately, after seeing Acacia Theatre Company's production (through July 19), it's not difficult to understand why. Though Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical novel about...]]> Pink Banana Scores With “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7296-pink-banana-scores-with-ldsomeone-whorsll-watch-over-merd-theater-review.html Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness is a brilliant example of this. An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are held hostage, chained to the walls of a room with no windows. Adam Gaulke plays an American doctor who has been held hostage the longest. The character's psychological strength is readily...]]> James DeVita Delights in “In Acting Shakespeare” - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7297-james-devita-delights-in-ldin-acting-shakespearerd-theater-review.html "Most of the characters I play are taller than me," quipped actor James DeVita during his one-man performance, In Acting Shakespeare. The show opened American Players Theatre's new, intimate Touchstone Theatre on July 10 in Spring Green. DeVita's confession, part of an evening of personal revelations mixed with "Shakespeare's greatest hits," brought gales of laughter from the capacity crowd...]]> Make No Mistake: “The Comedy of Errors” Is Surefire Fun - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7190-make-no-mistake-ldthe-comedy-of-errorsrd-is-surefire-fun-theater-review.html A pair of tennis shoes hangs over a power line that connects to a streetlamp. The houses and shops speak of Europe, though a variety of foreign elements suggests a country at the crossroads of many cultures. This is where American Players Theatre (APT) has set its production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, in a place of international intrigue in the late-1930s or early-1940s.]]> APT’s “The Winter’s Tale” Is Enjoyable Summer Fare - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7191-aptrss-ldthe-winterrss-talerd-is-enjoyable-summer-fare-theater-review.html Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale mixes humor and drama in a story involving a pair of friends who are driven apart by jealousy. And since the two friends are kings, the story ends up being rather intense. This summer, the American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green puts on a well-polished production of the Shakespeare classic. The best performance belongs to that of David Daniel, who stars as a king driven to madness by suspicions that his wife (played by Colleen Madden) is having an affair with his best friend, the visiting King of Bohemia...]]> Youngblood Infuses Theater Scene With Fresh Blood - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7192-youngblood-infuses-theater-scene-with-fresh-blood-theater-preview.html Youngblood, a group originating from people who...]]> Alchemist Theatre Welcomes “Sexual Perversity” - Mamet's dark comedy comes to Bay View http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-7066-alchemist-theatre-welcomes-ldsexual-perversityrd-mamets-dark-comedy-comes-to-bay-view.html In the era somewhere between the sexual revolution and the popular realization that indiscriminate sex can kill, a young David Mamet wrote a play about the sex lives of young, urban Midwesterners. Some 30 years later, the once controversial Sexual Perversity in Chicago is being staged at the Alchemist Theatre on South Kinnickinnic Avenue...]]> From a Midsummer Night to Cabaret - Carte Blanche Studios' summer shuffle http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6991-from-a-midsummer-night-to-cabaret-carte-blanche-studios-summer-shuffle.html A Midsummer Night's Dream staged in Wisconsin, each taking place in a remote corner of the state. First up was American Players Theatre with a cleverly crafted, contemporary outdoor production in Spring Green, complete with a beautiful set by an award-winning scenic designer from Chicago. Later in the season, Door Shakespeare staged a much more intimate...]]> A Chorus Line Kicks Off Summer Theater Season - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6931-a-chorus-line-kicks-off-summer-theater-season-theater-preview.html Shakespeare and Shaw - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6753-shakespeare-and-shaw-theater-preview.html

As the curtain falls on the standard theater season, Spring Green's American Players Theatre kicks off the summer season with a preview performance of The Comedy of Errors on Saturday, June 6. One of Shakespeare's lighter comedies, The Comedy of Errors could all too easily be done with a light shrug and the right comedic posture, but director Bill Brown isn't allowing that to happen. Brown opened the initia...

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Henriad Complete - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6758-henriad-complete-theater-review.html Henry V would come together. Under the direction of Todd Denning, Quasi has assembled a cast that is an interesting mix of Milwaukee Shakespeare Equity actors, other professionals and Marquette University theater students. The finer points...]]> Running with Criminals - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6759-running-with-criminals-theater-review.html Cabaret has been extended through the end of August. With the elaborate set for that show still in place, an independent group of actors performed a brand-new drama also set in the 1930s for two performances only this past weekend...]]> Broadway Back-Stories - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6704-broadway-back-stories-theater-review.html Off the Wall Theatre opted for a casual, lounge atmosphere for its spring fund-raising production of Broadway Gold. The show had all of the staging, costuming and choreography one might expect from a full production, but the cast kept things from getting too formal-a welcome relief at the end of a standard theater season...]]> Completing the Henriad - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6705-completing-the-henriad-theater-preview.html Henry V. Thanks to the efforts of other theaters in Wisconsin, audiences will have...]]> Broadway Back-Stories - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6682-broadway-back-stories-theater-review.html Capturing Rudnick’s Wit - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6628-capturing-rudnickrss-wit-theater-review.html

The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center (703 S. Second St.) doubles quite nicely as the living room of a posh New York City apartment in RSVP's production of Regrets Only. The illusion isn't perfect, but the feel is distinct enough to make it a more intimate staging than a traditional theater would offer. Regrets Only, a comedy written by Paul Rudnick...

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Swashbuckling Skylight - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6629-swashbuckling-skylight-theater-preview.html

The Skylight closes its 49th season with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's swashbuckling musical comedy The Pirates of Penzance. This lighthearted show is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular, having been performed on stages across the country almost continuously...]]> Marital Laws - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6519-marital-laws-theater-preview.html As the Republican Party tries to redefine itself in light of recent defeats, bans against gay marriage are beginning to look like less and less of an issue. With some states already legalizing gay marriage, an optimist can look to a point in the future when the Republicans' whole "defense of marriage" rhetoric will seem as universally absurd as it already does to a substantial segment of the population. In this respect, it's difficult...]]> Passage Through Gray Town - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6523-passage-through-gray-town-theater-review.html C.S. Lewis is best known for creating the fantasy world of Narnia. However, he also wrote another fantasy of sorts, The Great Divorce, which tells of a man's dream journey between Heaven and Hell (known as "the gray town"), as he observes his fellow travelers grappling with their faith-or lack thereof....]]> Waiting Rituals - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6449-waiting-rituals-theater-review.html Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre is fearless when it comes to pushing boundaries, thanks in large part to the creative vision of Artistic Director Mark Bucher. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's over the top, but it's always a wild, distinctive ride. Boulevard's season closer, Stations of the Cross, continues to move the company in yet another new direction in this original piece...]]> Wisconsin Oz - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6431-wisconsin-oz-theater-preview.html Wizard of Oz was produced in Milwaukee in 1933, roughly six years prior to the release of the classic MGM musical. No recordings exist of this 1933 version, a kids' program sponsored by Jell-O, but the story goes that the WTMJ-produced NBC serial from the Wisconsin Hybrid Theatregolden age of radio was closer to Frank Baum's...]]> Romantic Sketches - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6369-romantic-sketches-theater-preview.html It should be pointed out that Ryan Schabach and Georgina McKee seem to be very happy with their love lives. He isn't a cave man, and she isn't a crazy woman he met on a blind date. He isn't dating outside his species, and she isn't trying to get him into bed by talking about junk food. Indeed, Schabach and McKee aren't even romantically involved. They are, however, both actors who will be all of the above...]]> The Parent Trap - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6370-the-parent-trap-theater-review.html Despite its title, Social Security is not just for the older crowd. But it does share some lessons about how a little nurturing can go a long way toward revitalizing the elderly. The comedy, presented at Sunset Playhouse, takes the pulse of an adult family in chaos. The play is set in the upscale New York apartment of Barbara and David, a middle-aged couple that owns a prosperous art gallery...]]> Eighties Flavor and Ego Trips - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6371-eighties-flavor-and-ego-trips-theater-review.html Fool for Love and David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole. The second week saw a pair of entirely new projects by senior students, including a two-act feature-length dance piece by Amelia Figg-Franzoi and an autobiographical drama written and directed by...]]> Serving Others - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6289-serving-others-theater-preview.html Thoughtful Theater - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6290-thoughtful-theater-theater-review.html Brooklyn Boy begins with a traditional comic conversation between an ailing father and his son, a successful author named Eric Weiss. Robert Spencer plays the aging Brooklyn, N.Y., native and Jim DeVita is the son who wants to make him proud. The actors deliver the poetic simplicity of the dialogue in such...]]> Raise the Pirate Flag - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6291-raise-the-pirate-flag-theater-review.html How I Became a Pirate, a musical staged by First Stage Children's Theater. After hoisting the Jolly Roger, the pirates display their own jolly talents, which include singing, dancing and playing an impressive variety of musical instruments. The show goes full-throttle as the pirates teach Jeremy the basics of pirate life...]]> Frozen in Time - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6292-frozen-in-time-theater-review.html "It's all the same. Nothing has changed," says Madame Ranyevskaya, lost in the past as she gazes upon her beloved cherry orchard in the Russian countryside. But to the contrary,everything has changed. She and the other characters that populate Anton's Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard refuse to accept the changing world around them as class structures redefine themselves amid growing political and financial instability. Sound familiar?]]> Dramatic Independence - Theatre Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6198-dramatic-independence-theatre-preview.html It's wonderful to see veteran theater companies weathering our current economic woes, but this success is only part of the bigger picture for Milwaukee's theater scene. The prosperity of smaller, independent companies is absolutely essential for theater in Milwaukee to thrive. Without a board of directors or numerous other concerns facing established theater companies, independent productions can take chances...]]> Singing the Blues - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6199-singing-the-blues-theater-review.html The forced perspective on Debra Booth's set subtly tilts to one side. It's a stylized look of a small shack in the Mississippi Delta where The Rep stages Stephen Jeffreys' drama I Just Stopped By to See the Man. Much like how the skew of the set isn't readily apparent until you examine it closely, the brilliance of the script doesn't sink in until you think about it...]]> High-School Reunion - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6107-high-school-reunion-theater-review.html It's safe to assume that the light shining on Angela Iannone on the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre during The Pavilion is traveling close to 300 million meters per second, same as anywhere else in space. If the light hit the stage any faster, it'd be moving backward in time, which is exactly where the play is set-roughly nine years ago, during a high-school class' 20-year reunion. 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Mean Streets - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6015-mean-streets-theater-review.html A Bronx Tale have names like Eddie Mush, Jimmy Blue Eyes, Bobby Bop and Jo Jo the Whale. They hang out together on the streets, in the bars and in the memories of another friend, "C," who tells their intertwining stories in A Bronx Tale, which ran last week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts...]]> Small-Town Prejudice - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6016-small-town-prejudice-theater-review.html The Fred Alley/James Valcq musical The Spitfire Grill has been locally produced a number of times since its debut in 2000. Based on an indie film, the story of a young ex-con named Percy coming to a tiny, rural Wisconsin town has recently seen local stages in Acacia Theatre and Skylight productions. The latest is a Marquette University...]]> Sex and Song - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5943-sex-and-song-theater-preview.html Pink Banana Theatre Company opens a program of shorts this Friday, Chazz Palminteri comes to town for his one-man-show at the Marcus Center and UW-Milwaukee launches its production of Dario Fo's The Accidental... ]]> Fast-Paced Farce - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5944-fast-paced-farce-theater-review.html It's the early 1970s and Jo and Stephen are hosting a dinner party. It will last just over an hour and the only people who will be in the dining room the whole time are the people in the audience, as this is Renaissance Theaterworks' production of Barney & Bee, a fast-paced farce written by Noises Off! author...]]> Bookish Types - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5945-bookish-types-theater-review.html A New Yorker cartoon pictures a spectacled woman in a witness box, surrounded by judge, jury and attorney, and saying, "I hate this book club!" This could be the theme of Soulstice Theatre's latest offering, The Book Club Play, a suburban comedy of manners that shows how the simple desire to talk about literature over wine and cheese can go terribly, hilariously...

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Financial Predators - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5876-financial-predators-theater-review.html John Gay's The Beggar's Opera has received numerous updates. Theatre Gigante's version of the 18th-century operetta, which ran this weekend at the Off-Broadway Theatre, provides up-to-the-minute comedic commentary on the hubris underlying our current economic downfall. Unlike the original, the financial predators in Theatre Gigante's production don't belong to a shady criminal underclass. Instead they're lawless finance...]]> Student/Teacher Rapport - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5877-student_teacher-rapport-theater-review.html The intricate communication between artist, art, student, teacher and instrument is vividly brought to the stage in the In Tandem production of Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs. Chase Stoeger stars as an American pianist who has come to Vienna to rekindle a somewhat dormant relationship with the piano. He intends to study under a master pianist, but instead finds himself forced to study voice with an apparently obstinate, old teacher...]]> Tales of Woe - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5878-tales-of-woe-theater-review.html They're singin' the blues over at The Skylight-fortunately, it's all onstage. In fact, given these economic times and the downtrodden songs they're singing, the four-member cast of the musical revue Blues in the Night is pretty upbeat. Blues in the Night focuses on three...

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A Hard Day’s Night - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5856-a-hard-dayrss-night-theater-preview.html In the brief time it has been around, the Alchemist Theatre on South Kinnickinnic Avenue has largely been home to new, locally written plays. This week the Alchemist goes in a different direction with its new production of the classic 1962 Edward Albee drama, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Alchemist Theatre's Kirk Thomsen, who also directs the show, stars as Nick, a young professor who...]]> Celebration and Tragedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5796-celebration-and-tragedy-theater-review.html The celebratory culture of New Orleans mixes with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in Milwaukee Rep's Fire on the Bayou: A Mardi Gras Musical Extravaganza, now through May 10 at the Stackner Cabaret. Written and directed by Kevin Ramsey (the name behind last year's Grafton City Blues), the show is a celebration of New Orleans jazz mixed with somber bits of monologue taken from the recent tragedy. The juxtaposition of upbeat, energizing music against stories of people losing their homes and families... ]]> Campy Classic - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5793-campy-classic-theater-preview.html Next week, Spiral Theatre opens its final show in Milwaukee as Artistic Director Mark Hooker stars in a production of Charles Busch's comic-drama Die, Mommie, Die! Busch's cult favorite is a tribute to the aging film divas of the 1960s. The Spiral production will feature Hooker as Angela, a fading singer who murders her movie-director husband with a poisoned suppository (those unfamilia...

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Profound Pairing - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5794-profound-pairing-theater-review.html In Pride andPrejudice's famous opening sentence, Jane Austen supplies the major motif for the wry, delightful maneuvering of the Bennet sisters in this justifiably popular novel of conflicting manners and morals. Her book illustrates the social mores of 18th-century England, where courtesy and reticence are the most inhibiting factors in relationships between men and women. Elizabeth Bennet will not play these games, calling to task the prideful arrogance of Mr. Darcy, whom she will eventually grow to love. But is he the one with pride and she prejudiced? Or is she so full of pride that she spurns him...]]> Imaginative Journey - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5795-imaginative-journey-theater-review.html One has come to expect skilled acting, rich costuming and imaginative sets from First Stage Children's Theater, and their newest production doesn't disappoint. The Neverending Story (through April 5 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater) supports a lively cast of unusual characters, each of whom poses a unique challenge to the company's costuming department. Each is brought vividly to life through a blend... ]]> Revisiting a Classic - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5706-revisiting-a-classic-theater-preview.html In 1797, a publisher rejected a novel by the young British author Jane Austen. The book, titled First Impressions, was destined to be Austen's second published novel, but only after considerable revision. The revised version was called Pride and Prejudice and has become one of the most beloved works in literary history...]]> Cathartic Soccer Match - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5707-cathartic-soccer-match-theater-review.html As You Like It could have helped bridge. It goes without saying that Artistic Director Mark Bucher's decision to switch from As You Like It to a play about housewives quibbling on the sidelines of a soccer field may not have pleased everyone. To be sure...]]> Annual Tryst - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5708-annual-tryst-theater-review.html Hopelessly romantic in a vaguely offbeat way, Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year is a mid-'70s oddity. It's the story of a pair of people who meet once a year to engage in an extramarital affair. Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove brings the story to the stage once more in a production that runs through March 21 in the Furlan Auditorium...]]> A Poet’s Life - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5709-a-poetrss-life-theater-review.html British Sex Comedy - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5611-british-sex-comedy-theater-preview.html In 1970, British playwright Michael Frayn was watching a production of a farce he had written about a dinner party in which two actors played all the roles. He was watching from the wings. Realizing that the comedy was funnier from this perspective, Frayn decided to write a farce set entirely backstage. Thus was born the 1982 classic Noises Off...]]> Cabin Mystery - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5612-cabin-mystery-theater-review.html Windfall Theatre continued its 16th season last week with a new play by Thomas Rosenthal, titled When I Give My Heart. Stacey Meyer and Robert W.C. Kennedy play police detectives investigating the death of a college girl. They soon question Jason, a high-school student who claims to have seen the deceased right around the time of...

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Search for Love - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5613-search-for-love-theater-review.html

The Sum of Us, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's newest production, has the upbeat feel of an Australian soap, the sticky-soft heart of a family drama and an anticlimactic ending that leaves us with the phrase "shit happens" resounding in our ears. Set in an Australian industrial suburb in the present...

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Prehistoric Play - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5565-prehistoric-play-theater-review.html A few strategically placed Styrofoam boulders sprouting sprigs of vegetation, a backdrop of lonely sun-scorched slopes and a very eager tour guide are the spare but effective means through which First Stage's TheDinosaur Play shuttles its audience back to the Jurassic period. The imaginative leap required by the play's quick transition from present to prehistory won't be too taxing to all but...]]> Twentieth-Century Woman - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5566-twentieth-century-woman-theater-review.html

Wendy Wasserstein explored the changing roles of women in the 20th century with her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Heidi Chronicles. A Marquette University production of the acclaimed drama opened at the Helfaer Theatre last weekend. Bonnie Auguston stars as the...

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In a headline "quotes" get cut out http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5556-in-a-headline-tes-get-cut-out.html Bring on the Bad Guys - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5531-bring-on-the-bad-guys-theater-preview.html Off the Wall Theatre's production of the classic Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht musical 3Penny Opera...]]> Chronicling Womanhood - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5487-chronicling-womanhood-theater-preview.html Marquette University senior Bonnie Auguston is about the same age as the play she is starring in this month. But the woman she'll portray spans considerably more time. Now through Feb. 22, Auguston stars in the title role of Marquette University's production of The Heidi Chronicles. As Heidi, Auguston will be in high school; and in college; and in love; and into public protests; and a mother-but not all at the same time. The Pulitzer...]]> Heartbreak Hotel - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5385-heartbreak-hotel-theater-review.html Mirandolina (through Feb. 22) proves that women's liberation still had a long way to go in 18th-century Europe. The sure-headed title character may be mistress of her own successful inn, but she can't escape playing mistress to other men's whims. Even her dead father maintains a grasp on her fate with his dying decree. The spirited heroine and her twittering female counterparts also can't resist living up to the ungenerous portrayal of their sex supplied by those who applaud themselves for being impervious to them. In fact, the playwright ensured that Mirandolina's most estimable quality...]]> Tender Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5386-tender-comedy-theater-review.html I DO! I DO! does just about everything right in updating this 1966 musical satire with fresh appeal for modern audiences. Much of the credit must go to Artistic Director Bill Theisen and stage director Dorothy Danner, whose subtle staging brings a refreshing transparency to what might have been a dated, sentimental revival.To audiences accustomed...]]> History’s Human Face - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5387-historyrss-human-face-theater-review.html War, mass murder, revolution: Studies of even history's most sweeping events come down to the interactions between individuals. Playwright Lee Blessing has unflinchingly explored people who are caught up in the larger machinery of contemporary history, as in 1987's study of U.S./U.S.S.R. relations in A Walk in the Woods and the following year's appraisal of the conflict between the West and the Middle East in Two Rooms. Blessing's 1996 play Going to St. Ives explores the interaction between England and Africa via a British doctor and a patien... ]]> Epic Drama - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5388-epic-drama-theater-preview.html Harvey Fierstein's classic drama Torch Song Trilogy resides in a time when mainstream acceptance of sexual diversity was just beginning to blossom in America, somewhere between the Stonewall riots of the late-'60s and the public acknowledgment of AIDS in the early-'80s. In an exhaustive story that plays out over the course of more than four hours and spans a number of years in the lives of its characters, Fierstein explores complex issues facing homosexuals and bisexuals. Spiral Theatrestages a production of the epic drama this week...]]> Political Assassination - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5310-political-assassination-theater-preview.html Witness to Racism - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5311-witness-to-racism-theater-review.html Mindful of the Truth - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5312-mindful-of-the-truth-theater-review.html Trouble in Mind, a drama by Alice Childress exploring race relations, occupies the "play within a play" theatrical sub-genre. Like many such works, it possesses a mirror-like quality, reflecting the audience's own assumptions back on themselves. It would be tempting to consider the script, set in the 1950s, when it was written, a mere curio of a less enlightened age, yet that is the very mistake Childress insists we avoid. The Milwaukee Rep's production... ]]> Witnessing Racism - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5229-witnessing-racism-theater-preview.html Excavating the Past - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5235-excavating-the-past-theater-review.html The convoluted landscape of the human psyche can be a real challenge to bring to the stage, but Milwaukee playwright Marie Kohler does an admirable job of conveying the complexities of the mind in her new drama The Dig. Renaissance Theaterworks' production of The Dig stars Catherine Lynn Davis as Mattie, a woman who is contacted about legal issues involving a decades' old archaeological dig involving her older brother Jamie. During the...]]> Laws of Attraction - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5236-laws-of-attraction-theater-review.html How to find the perfect mate? Figure out that process and peace and harmony will reign worldwide. In the meantime, there's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a series of musical vignettes that poke fun at the laws of attraction and the elaborate rituals of dating and mating. Thanks to a well-directed and well-acted production at Sunset Playhouse, audiences will have plenty of time to truly see themselves-and make some...]]> Theater Season in Swing - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5146-theater-season-in-swing-theater-preview.html God Loves a Terrier - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5147-god-loves-a-terrier-theater-review.html Love. Betrayal. The societal mores of butt-sniffing. The Milwaukee Rep's production of Dogpark: The Musical wags a tale of four canines searching for romance, dignity and a missing owner in a Seattle area play-field. Propelled by an energetic cast that is more than equal to the clever material, Dogpark is an enjoyable 90-minute romp of laughs and creatively choreographed numbers. A world-premiere written by...]]> Fear and Frivolity - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5148-fear-and-frivolity-theater-review.html Fifties Nostalgia - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5149-fifties-nostalgia-theater-review.html A Dog’s Life - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5102-a-dogrss-life-theater-preview.html Engaging Correspondence - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5031-engaging-correspondence-theater-review.html Intellectual Discourse - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4954-intellectual-discourse-theater-preview.html Perhaps the most fundamental task for any stage actor is drawing an audience into a story through the recitation of dialogue. The actor is usually aided in this task by the set, costuming, props, lighting, sound design and the like. Quite often, however, smaller studio theaters lack such decoration, and actors are challenged to deliver the full reality of the play to audiences. The Boulevard Theatre's production of the Victor L. Cahn comedy Roses In December, opening this week, offers just such a challenge to two different actors from two different...]]> Holiday Stories - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4955-holiday-stories-theater-review.html It was a matinee on the last Saturday before Christmas. Cell phones of absentminded patrons intermittently chirped through the cozy Off Broadway Theatre throughout the performance. A bracingly caustic laugh would occasionally contrast against the rest of the laughter whenever local theater icon John McGivern would hit a punch line. And in spite of the fact it had already been one of the snowiest Decembers in recorded history, and in spite of imminent wind chills around 30 below zero, and in spite of another significant snowfall due to hit by the end of the afternoon, McGivern...]]> A Knockout Punch - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4956-a-knockout-punch-theater-review.html Versatile Performance - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4869-versatile-performance-theater-review.html Deborah Staples would have done the Bard proud as the versatile solo performer in the new Rep production of Robert Hewett's recent play, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead. It seems "custom cannot stale her infinite variety," and Staples needs every bit of variety to hold together this odd cornucopia of unusual moods and contrasts signified by seven different characters, each with their own unique dialect. The play purports to be an "exploration of multiple perspective on love, anger and adultery," or "how you can really know your neighbors when a single moment of madness can change ones life forever"-somewhat heavy baggage for a one-woman...]]> Classic Parody - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4870-classic-parody-theater-preview.html It’s a Wonderful Play - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4808-itrss-a-wonderful-play-theater-review.html New Holiday Tradition - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4809-new-holiday-tradition-theater-review.html Milwaukee's holiday theater season is filled with tradition: The Rep's A Christmas Carol is staged each year within walking distance of the Milwaukee Ballet's annual Nutcracker, which again shares a roof with In Tandem's A Cudahy Caroler Christmas. This year, In Tandem's sketch comedy The Show makes a strong case for inclusion in that local holiday tradition with a yuletide program that runs through Dec. 20 at In Tandem's 10th Street Theatre...]]> A South Side Christmas - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4810-a-south-side-christmas-theater-review.html A Multifaceted Performance - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4811-a-multifaceted-performance-theater-preview.html Scrooge of Christmas Past - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4725-scrooge-of-christmas-past-theater-review.html Magic in Bluesville - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4726-magic-in-bluesville-theater-review.html A Perfect Production - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4727-a-perfect-production-theater-review.html Comical Rudolph - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4728-comical-rudolph-theater-preview.html Mamet Shorts - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4606-mamet-shorts-theater-review.html The Boulevard Theatre continues its season with three early shorts by Chicago-born playwright David Mamet. Billed as Mam3t Plays, the program features brief works that focus on odd moments between three pairs of people. The opening short, Dark Pony, is a simple, straightforward work of drama. It consists of a story told from a father (Michael Weber) to a young daughter (Ericka Wade) on a car ride home. On opening night, Weber's arms were a bit stiff and unnatural as he mimed driving, suggesting a man who was uncomfortable-a man...]]> Fictitious Failure - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4607-fictitious-failure-theater-preview.html The Skylight opens the Mel Brooks/Thomas Meehan hit musical The Producers this week and goes to great lengths to create an outstanding production. Skylight Artistic Director Bill Theisen and comic talent Brian Vaughn star in the title roles. Theisen plays the reprehensible yet lovable, down-on-his-luck theater producer Max Bialystock. During a conversation with his accountant, Leo Bloom (Vaughn), Bialystock realizes that one of his shows closed so quickly that he actually...]]> Families in War - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4530-families-in-war-theater-review.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues its season with Jonathan Gillard Daly's The Daly News, a musical inspired by a family newsletter that Daly's grandfather sent to his sons in the military during World War II. Artistic Director C. Michael Wright stages a pleasant, cozy version of Daly's work in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre. The most impressive aspect of The Daly News is not that the music, created with composers Gregg Coffin and Larry Delinger, nicely...]]> Murderous Monologues - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4531-murderous-monologues-theater-review.html Laugh, Dance, Spend - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4532-laugh-dance-spend-theater-review.html Uneven Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4472-uneven-comedy-theater-review.html The Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret opens a rare non-musical show this month with Greater Tuna: a comic exploration of small-town southern life. The Rep's production stars resident actors Lee Ernst and Gerard Neugent in a multitude of different roles. The play follows the residents of the third smallest town in Texas through a series of sketches, a few of which aspire to more than just laughter. The show opens with Ernst and Neugent playing a pair of radio personalities delivering small-town news. Their charm works best together as the...]]> News From Home - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4440-news-from-home-theater-preview.html Screwball Tragedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4393-screwball-tragedy-theater-review.html Perhaps no one is better qualified to point out the shortcomings of language than a writer. Sarah Ruhl's play Eurydice, which runs through Nov. 23 at the Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, illuminates the failure of language to express the joy and pain of life or the profundity of familial ties. As she reminisces about her husband, the title character recalls his observation, "Words can mean anything. Show me your body… It only means one thing." The play, a modern retelling of Orpheus' descent into the Underworld told largely from the point of view of his dead wife, comprises an...]]> Demystifying a Classic - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4394-demystifying-a-classic-theater-review.html Playing God - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4395-playing-god-theater-review.html Stage Passion - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4396-stage-passion-theater-preview.html Medical Ethics - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4281-medical-ethics-theater-preview.html Into the Web - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4250-into-the-web-theater-review.html Unloved Stories - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4251-unloved-stories-theater-review.html Hidden Anguish - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4252-hidden-anguish-theater-review.html An extraordinary event can affect ordinary people in ordinary ways, even when unexpected circumstances result in a crushing blow. This is the underling theme of David Lindsay-Abair's compelling, subtly written play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole, presented with remarkable insight by an outstanding cast at the Chamber Theatre through Nov. 2. Lindsay-Abair's quiet little comedy-drama seeks to demonstrate that reaching for "ordinariness" and family support are the most palliative healing remedies...]]> Orpheus Updated - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4253-orpheus-updated-theater-preview.html Just weeks after Renaissance Theaterworks opened its production of an ancient Greek tragedy, the Milwaukee Rep offers an acclaimed modern retelling of an ancient Greek myth, as Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice takes the stage of the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater on Oct. 31. San Francisco-based director Jonathan Moscone will helm Ruhl's update on the story of Orpheus' descent into the underworld. Moscone, who serves as artistic director of California Shakespeare Theatre, will be marking his first time... ]]> Tragic History - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4101-tragic-history-theater-review.html If one subscribed to Aristotle's definition of the history play, Aeschylus' The Persians might be placed in that genre. After all, it is constructed around a particular event, namely the Battle of Salamis, and describes rather than shows the events surrounding Persia's staggering defeat at the hands of the Greeks. However, the moral message at the heart of the play, that loss and failure inevitably greet all acts of hubris, holds the universal currency Aristotle ascribed to tragedy. Renaissance Theaterworks' production of the play heightens its universal themes-not through the obvious ploy...]]> Caffeinated Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4102-caffeinated-comedy-theater-review.html Literary Crash Course - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4103-literary-crash-course-theater-review.html Upper Peninsula Comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-4089-upper-peninsula-comedy.html Reviving Ancient Greek Verse - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3988-reviving-ancient-greek-verse-theater-preview.html Gender and Identity - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3989-gender-and-identity-theater-review.html The Vast Difference, a 1993 comedy by playwright Jeff Daniels (best known for his acting roles), makes it to the stage at Village Church Arts courtesy of a new production by Windfall Theatre. Likable Windfall regular Thomas Rosenthal displays the sympathetic end of his comic range in the role of George Noonan, a man with five daughters whose wife wants him to have a vasectomy. ]]> Theater About Theater - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3901-theater-about-theater-theater-review.html Tribute to Vaudeville - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3902-tribute-to-vaudeville-theater-review.html Genius in Action - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3903-genius-in-action-theater-review.html    Stephen Schwartz isn't exactly a household name around these parts. But mention some of the songwriter's credits, including Godspell, Pippin and the current box office smash Wicked, and people start paying attention. The Grammy-winning Schwartz has a smooth, self-deprecating onstage manner that played well Sept. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Dressed all in black, perhaps as a nod to his New York roots, Schwartz played piano as he led the audience through many of his hits. His boyish, animated face...]]> So Much Literature, So Little Time http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3891-so-much-literature-so-little-time.html Mutual Acceptance - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3809-mutual-acceptance-theater-review.html The Boulevard Theatre Ensemble's new production of Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (running through Oct. 5) proves that you can easily convey the vivacity of Maugham's script without resorting to elaborate sets and costuming. Less is definitely more. If only this idiom had been extended to the extraneous packaging that hampers this otherwise enjoyable production. The idea of setting The Constant Wife as a play within a play is not entirely without merit, if it helps cast a fresh light on the play...]]> A Gentle Touch - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3810-a-gentle-touch-theater-review.html Idealism Versus Pragmatism - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3811-idealism-versus-pragmatism-theater-review.html The Struggles of Modern Man - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3812-the-struggles-of-modern-man-theater-preview.html Intense Accusations - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3679-intense-accusations-theater-review.html Larger Than Life - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3680-larger-than-life-theater-review.html Multiple Personalities - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3681-multiple-personalities-theater-review.html Presidential Ticket - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3671-presidential-ticket-theater-preview.html Boy and Beast - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3588-boy-and-beast-theater-review.html Portraying a Legend - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3586-portraying-a-legend-theater-preview.html Lombardi: The Only Thing, a biographical play about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, debuts at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre on Sept. 11. Playwright Eric Simonson recently revised the script, which premiered in Madison last year. Next Act worked closely with Simonson to amplify the show's impact, says Lombardi director Edward Morgan. ]]> Real-Time Shakespeare - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3587-real-time-shakespeare-theater-review.html Though Shakespeare often suffers at the hands of modernized productions, Love's Labour's Lost is usually an exception. Many directors have successfully set the play in the not-too-distant past, bringing the action closer to the audience's experience to offer a more accessible reading, but not so close they can't survey the characters and themes with some level of temporal detachment. ]]> Light Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3589-light-comedy-theater-review.html The first eight or nine pages of Pat Cook's script are written as casual conversation held by three elderly women in a domestic environment. All three women are talking at the same time- no one's listening. It's a comically surreal way to begin the season in Elm Grove as the Sunset Playhouse opens its production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner . . .]]> Journey of Love - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3590-journey-of-love-theater-review.html Ah, love. It has it ups and downs, twists and turns. And in the arc of romance, the despair of heartbreak can unexpectedly bring about the promise of new love. Isn't It Romantic follows the journey of a modern relationship centered on the timeless music of composers George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Jerome Kern. Playwright/Director David Hunter Koch has created the songbook as a musical revue, which opened last weekend at the Rep's Stackner Cabaret. Singer/performer . . .]]> Man of Many Faces - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3503-man-of-many-faces-theater-preview.html Flamboyant Masquerade - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3435-flamboyant-masquerade-theater-review.html The Belle's Stratagem, British playwright Hannah Cowley's 18th-century comedy of manners, marks the final opening of the summer for the American Players Theatre (APT). In a lighthearted end to APT's season, Marcus Truschinski plays Doricourt, a man betrothed to a woman he hasn't seen since childhood, Letitia Hardy (Colleen Madden). ]]> Finance and Morality - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3437-finance-and-morality-theater-review.html George Bernard Shaw's first play ever produced, Widowers' Houses, is a sharp, socially conscious analysis of morality that still resonates today. American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green brings Shaw's 115-year-old comedy to the stage as one of its final summer productions. Though the plot involves the tiring drama of finance and morality, APT brightens even the dreariest moments, having assembled a brilliant ensemble cast, authentic period costuming and a classy set free from excessive ornamentation . . .]]> Lost in Translation? - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3438-lost-in-translation-theater-preview.html Past scholars have often decried Love's Labour's Lost as wholly insignificant, a self-indulgent piece by William Shakespeare before he moved on to more serious work. More recently, Cambridge University's Anne Barton described the play as "relentlessly Elizabethan," with dialogue that is mostly inaccessible to modern audiences because it's filled with in-jokes and references that are specific to the 1590s. Despite these beliefs to the contrary, director Jennifer Uphoff Gray hopes to prove that the comedy can appeal to today's theatergoers when Milwaukee Shakespeare opens its production in the Studio Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center on Sept. 6.]]> Most Famous Misanthrope - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3349-most-famous-misanthrope-theater-review.html What could be more perfect than staging Moliere's comedy The Misanthrope during an election year? The Boulevard Theatre hits the target with a production that scores on almost every level. The play, written in 1666, tells the story of Alceste, who may be the most famous misanthrope of all time. From his opening lines until his final speech, Alceste shows his general dislike for humanity. He's unafraid to tell people exactly what he thinks of them. He only equivocates on the subject of love, "where reason doesn't rule." Alceste is a prime example of this, as he pines for a young coquette. More than a half-dozen other characters populate the play . . .]]> Black Lace, Bare Chests - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3350-black-lace-bare-chests-theater-review.html Murder Mystery - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3351-murder-mystery-theater-preview.html High-Energy Improv - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3234-high-energy-improv-theater-reviews.html Health Issues - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3233-health-issues-theater-reviews.html The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's opens its 34th season with Well, a satisfyingly hilarious new play by performance artist and playwright Lisa Kron. Using a play within a play format with an original twist, the incomparably accomplished Angela Iannone plays the author herself in a series of supposedly non-autobiographical vignettes based on true experiences and designed to serve as a "theatrical exploration of socially significant issues of universal significance"-or so Lisa tells us. She brings her mother on board to watch the performance and make sure that these "non-autobiographical" ]]> Elevator Operator - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3235-elevator-operator-theater-preview.html Playwright Neil Haven doesn't recall when or why he imagined an agoraphobic live-in elevator operator, but he does know why he wrote it down. There's an inherently dramatic dynamic to an offbeat character like that. That kind of character dynamic fits rather nicely in the center of a plot structure. The plot in question is that of Haven's new play Stuck, which opens Aug. 14th at the 10th Street Theatre. The play debuted last month on the campus at UW-Whitewater, where the production was developed . . ]]> Making It Up - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3157-making-it-up-theater-review.html When the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival opens its doors Aug. 7-9, more than a dozen out-of-state comedy troupes will arrive in the city. In anticipation of this event, let's cast a glance at a couple of local groups that perform in Milwaukee throughout the year. Every Saturday night at midnight, some of the more experienced members of ComedySportz fuse into a group known as Cock 'n' Toast. The midnight show is performed much like a standard ComedySportz show, except that it is uncensored and unrestricted in its humor . . . ]]> Polite Society? - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3158-polite-society-theater-preview.html The Devil and the Yankees - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3103-the-devil-and-the-yankees-theater-review.html Improvise It! - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3104-improvise-it_-theater-preview.html Midsummer Night’s Magic - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3013-midsummer-nightrss-magic-theater-review.html Strong Cyrano - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3012-strong-cyrano-theater-review.html Outdoor theater has a strange kind of life when seen by a small audience in an intimate setting. It’s this sense of intimate immediacy that gives Door Shakespeare its charm. It may lack the funding found in other summer stock, but makes up for it in depth of performance. The company’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s tale of love and valor, resonates beautifully even if it suffers from lack of breadth. A charming, romantic fellow whose appearance keeps him from being romantic with a woman, Cyrano is very popular with everyone he comes into contact with. The problem with the Door Shakespeare’s . . . ]]> Unsung Heroine - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-3014-unsung-heroine-theater-preview.html Darcy and Eliza - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2890-darcy-and-eliza-theater-review.html Revolutionary Tale - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2891-revolutionary-tale-theater-review.html Examining Racism - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2892-examining-racism-theater-preview.html Hilarious High Jinks - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2821-hilarious-high-jinks-theater-review.html There’s a new kid on our theater block. Lake Geneva Theatre Company premiered with Noel Coward’s Private Lives on July 4, offering its own celebratory bang. Bright, sophisticated comedies from the 1920s and ‘30s—such as Coward’s exemplary romps—took a nosedive into oblivion post-World War Two. “Realistic” replaced “Artificial” comedies. Using the memorable performances of Tallulah Bankhead and Donald Cook in Coward’s classic as a yardstick, the theater company measures up exceedingly well—which translates: “They mostly don’t make out like they’re doing Neil Simon.” ]]> Left in the Dark - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2822-left-in-the-dark-theater-preview.html Dealing with the Devil http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2723-dealing-with-the-devil.html Mocking the Media - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2627-mocking-the-media-theater-review.html Human and Divine - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2628-human-and-divine-theater-review.html Jesus Christ Superstar was a first at many levels when it debuted on stage in 1971. It began as a double album in 1970 with staging to follow a year later and coined the term “rock opera”; it brought worldwide attention to its young composers Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) and it depicted the son of God as a human being full of doubts and uncertainty about His predestined fate. The Shorewood Players are finishing up their 78th season with a production of the opera that, despite some problematic choices, points out the strengths of the music and lyrics built around the last seven days in Christ’s mortal life. ]]> Nostalgic Narrative - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2629-nostalgic-narrative-theater-review.html Modern Revolutionaries - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2630-modern-revolutionaries-theater-preview.html Midsummer Entertainment - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2544-midsummer-entertainment-theater-review.html Broad Comedy - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2545-broad-comedy-theater-preview.html Nature and Redemption - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2511-nature-and-redemption-theater-preview.html When celebrated playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote the humorous Ah, Wilderness! in the early 1930s, he had recently won his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Beyond the Horizon, 1920, Strange Interlude, 1928). Legend has it that the idea came to him in a dream and that he wrote the entire script in only five or six weeks. Wilderness is O’Neill’s only true comedy, and many have dismissed it as one of his lesser works—something he quickly banged-out before going on to serious works like The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. But American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green is intrigued by that contrast in O’Neill’s style, and continues the early part of its season with a preview of Ah, Wilderness! on Friday, June 13.]]> Fantasy Figures - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2357-fantasy-figures-theater-review.html The story of a perpetually engaged man and woman having an open love affair with a pair of imaginary fantasy figures closes out In Tandem’s 10th anniversary season. Jeremy Desmon’s The Girl in the Frame plays at the 10th Street Theatre through June 15. Simon Jon Provan plays a guy named Alex who never seems to get the time he needs with his fiance Laney (Alison Mary Forbes). When she is called away on business, he is left to fantasize about a girl in a stock photo from a picture frame (Courtney Jones) who comes to life to entertain him. When Laney returns to the apartment, she is soon caught up in her own fantasy with a model from a fireman calendar (Travis A. Knight). ]]> Another 48 Hours - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2344-another-48-hours-theater-preview.html The concept of Bunny Gumbo’s Combat Theatre, which is nearing the end of its first decade, is well established to those familiar with local theater. A few playwrights get together and create 16 short plays in 48 hours from topics and settings chosen at random; those plays are then performed in a one-time-only event for curious audiences. Sleep is lost. Exhaustion sets in. Things get weird. Last January someone from the Blue Man Group showed up onstage.]]> A Prurient Gaze - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2300-a-prurient-gaze-theater-review.html Casting an unwavering gaze at the darker side of human nature, Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane was a critical hit when it was first staged in London in 1964. Its original run only lasted a few performances, but it left enough of a mark to become an enduring work by a very short-lived playwright. The story of a young drifter’s interactions with his landlady, her brother and father presented contemporary middle-class society as remarkably ugly and dysfunctional. Running through June 1, Off The Wall’s presentation of the play is impressively uneven, but well worth a sidelong, prurient glance from the morbidly curious . . .]]> Bittersweet Comedy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2301-bittersweet-comedy-theater-review.html Sunset Playhouse tackles a tough challenge with its latest production, The Boys Next Door. Written in 1985, the play attempts to raise awareness of issues faced by the cognitively disabled. Often, this type of “message” play is long on exposition and short on entertainment. The Sunset production, however, manages to balance both elements quite well. Credit goes to director Mark Salentine for keeping the show on task throughout its two-and-a-half-hour running time.]]> Small Town, Big Heart - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2302-small-town-big-heart-theater-review.html For young Percy Talbott and the folks of Gilead, Wisconsin life is not a physical journey out of the small town. In their case, it’s a new way of looking at life within as they rediscover all that’s good about their close knit community. It takes an outsider like Percy to show the insiders where the dormant joys lie buried, waiting to be rediscovered. And life in Gilead centers around The Spitfire Grill, the homey diner crossroads where everyone knows, or tries to know, one another’s business. Based on the 1996 film of the same name, the stage musical version tells the story of Talbott . . . ]]> Shakespeare in the Woods - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2303-shakespeare-in-the-woods-theater-preview.html Arrested Life - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2188-arrested-life-theater-reviews.html Experimental Theater - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2192-experimental-theater-theater-reviews.html In the intimate Alchemist Theatre located on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View, Pink Banana Theatre Company finds a home—one that “encourages new and emerging artists to focus on their artistic crafts while given the opportunity to grow creativity.” This is the spirit that pervades their spring 2008 production Pink Banana One Acts: The Next Big Thing.”]]> Emotionally Charged - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2193-emotionally-charged-theater-reviews.html Complex Comedy - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2194-complex-comedy-theater-preview.html Crippling Joy - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2105-crippling-joy-theater-review.html Pain and suffering, when they transcend the vague forms of conjecture and materialize into a cold, hard fact, can shake the firmest of faiths. When Michael Chobanoff, who plays C. S. Lewis in Acacia Theatre’s production of Shadowlands, stands before the audience and declares self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation, even those unfamiliar with his life will have an inkling his complacency will be severely tested. And so it is.]]> Rough and Ready Theater - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2106-rough-and-ready-theater-theater-review.html Embracing Fantasy - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2107-embracing-fantasy-theater-preview.html Opposites Attract - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1956-opposites-attract-theater-review.html Obesity and self-image are very serious issues in this country that rarely get directly addressed in contemporary drama. While Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig does very little to rectify this, these issues come to the center of a story so rarely that it ends up being very provocative. Renaissance Theaterworks ends its current season with the romantic drama, now through May 18. ]]> Parochial Humor - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2029-parochial-humor-theater-reviews.html It’s that “perfect period” in the mid-20th Century circa 1959: Eisenhower was president, Ed Sullivan was introducing a nice young man by the name of Elvis Presley to millions of viewers glued to the new medium of television, and kids, for the most part, still listened to their superiors—parents included (the ’60s are just around the corner). Perfect timing for 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski to question his catechism teachings—and life in general—at the hands, literally, of the militaristic Sister Clarissa. ]]> Silly Spam - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2028-silly-spam-theater-reviews.html Flawed Fun - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2030-flawed-fun-theater-reviews.html The Shadow of Death - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-2031-the-shadow-of-death-theater-preview.html Countless love affairs have been cut short by death, but when it happens to someone famous, the tragedy is bound to capture the public’s imagination. In his successful drama Shadowlands, William Nicholson details the doomed romance between author C.S. Lewis and poet Joy Davidman. Acacia Theatre, operating from the campus of Concordia University, presents its production of the play this week.]]> Sex, Suicide, Deception - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1955-sex-suicide-deception-theater-review.html Despite offering a critique of what he called the “claptrap morality” of Victorian society, Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn. The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English upper-crust to reveal sexual intrigue, suicide, deception, murder, medical malpractice and opium addiction teeming beneath the veneer of propriety—in short all the things which Collins longed to further illuminate—and presents them in the form of a highly entertaining and rather saucy play. ]]> Mid-Century Epic - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1957-mid-century-epic-theater-review.html Near-Death Experience - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1958-near-death-experience-theater-preview.html When American composer William Finn was diagnosed with a brain tumor, his career was taking off. His musical Falsettos had met with success on Broadway. The tumor nearly killed him. However, when he returned from the hospital, he found that he could not sit down at the piano without writing a good song. The near-death experience had jarred a sense of life into him that carried through the keyboard. ]]> Meaningful Exchanges - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1782-meaningful-exchanges-theater-review.html The Chamber Theatre brings its usual finesse and careful adherence to the spirit of the text in their thoughtful new production of Talley’s Folly, Lanford Wilson’s 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning play and recipient of the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award .The play is the second in Wilson’s “Talley Trilogy,” all successfully produced. With such distinguished credentials, audiences may feel an uneasy sense of disappointment at the dialogue’s initial lack of focus, a requirement so important in a two-character play.]]> Screwball Sitcom - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1783-screwball-sitcom-theater-review.html Wedding Party - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1784-wedding-party-theater-review.html Weighing Romance - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1785-weighing-romance-theater-preview.html Playwright Neil LaBute first came to the attention of national audiences with 1993’s In the Company of Men, a successful play about a pair of misogynists looking to ruin the life of an innocent girl. Less than 10 years later, he turned the tables by telling the story of a female art student who makes a living work-of-art out ]]> Dark Double Feature - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1722-dark-double-feature-theater-preview.html Last week, Bay View’s Boulevard Theatre opened local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s comedy Eureka! Just a little further south, Alchemist Theatre and Insurgent Theatre open a pair of one-act dramas in a double feature that promises to be considerably darker than Eureka! Alchemist Theatre’s 31 is the story of a detective who finds himself consumed by the hunt for a serial murderer.]]> Dreams and Desires - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1688-dreams-and-desires-theater-review.html Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire depicts the wanton dismantling of an elaborately woven ideal and the erection of a hard-boiled, pressing reality in its place. Blanche DuBois, a faded and delusional Southern belle, represents a dying gentility. Her voracious brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, represents the archetypal male—the obnoxious leader of a beer-swilling pack, the prize cock who woos, marries and impregnates Blanche’s sister, Stella. He secures his future through the fruit of his loins while ensuring that Blanche remains eternally incarcerated within her tragic illusions.]]> Channeling Humor - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1689-channeling-humor-theater-review.html Racine-based comedy troupe 1000 Channels comes to Milwaukee for a series of shows beginning this month. The group consists of roughly seven people from just outside Milwaukee who exhibit varying degrees of talent and potential while performing the standard sort of fare one would expect of a local sketch comedy group. Some of it’s quite bad.]]> Uneven Chemistry - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1690-uneven-chemistry-theater-review.html The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the premiere of local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s Eureka!, a coming-of-age love story/buddy-comedy set in Milwaukee. Cesar Gamino and Jason Krukowski play Wayne and Clyde: a couple of guys in their late-20s sharing an apartment. Clyde’s a dreamer who wants to reform society. Wayne has a stable job and dates a dominant, conservative woman named Nancy (Rachael Lau). Clyde feels threatened by this until he finds his own love interest in the free-spirited Teri (Rachel Lewandowski). ]]> Deadly Cruise - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1611-deadly-cruise-theater-reviews.html The Off The Wall Theatre continues its season with a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. Karl Miller stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on a cruise down the Nile River. As such things usually go for Poirot, someone is killed on the cruise and he must discover who the murderer is before the boat can return to shore. Miller brings an entertainingly dichotomous energy to the role of Agatha Christie’s beloved character. He’s both earnestly humble and slyly arrogant, with a dramatic edge driven by comic timing. In Miller’s hands Poirot is every bit as interesting as he should be, but there are a number of other characters who aren’t nearly as interesting]]> An Absurdist Mosaic - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1614-an-absurdist-mosaic-theater-reviews.html Perched on an elevated platform, the “mad gothic organist” Jack Forbes Wilson could barely be seen playing the comically florid opening music for Next Act’s The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful. Next Act closes its season with the absurdist comedy featuring two actors playing eight different characters. The two in question are John McGivern and Christopher Tarjan—talented comic actors playing multiple roles in full costume with the aid of backstage talents Marsha Kuligowski (who designed the costumes), Properties Master Meghan Savagian]]> Amphibian Antics - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1616-amphibian-antics-theater-reviews.html A good kids’ play or musical often meets greater approval from parents than from children—perhaps because their appreciation is mingled with a sense of relieved gratitude. First Stage’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad goes further than most in wooing adults as well as their offspring. The musical, like the stories on which it’s based, evokes a nostalgia that’s free of cloying sentiment or honeyed charm. The characters, basking in their sylvan idyll, are homely creatures whose lives are dictated by the reassuring cycle of seasons . . .]]> East Side Romance - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1618-east-side-romance-theater-preview.html Culture Clash - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1487-culture-clash-theater-reviews.html In Tandem Theatre opens the penultimate play of its season with Bill C. Davis’ early ’80s drama Mass Appeal. The story focuses on an idealistic young seminarian who finds himself under the tutelage of an older, established priest. The two face the usual sorts of intergenerational problems as one tries everything in his power to help the other become a fully ordained priest. In the role of Father Tim Farley, longtime Milwaukee actor Michael Duncan adds quite a bit of nuance into a character that could’ve read as a stereotype of an Irish Catholic priest. The character’s weakness comes across with a subtle strength. ]]> Postmodern Collage - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1488-postmodern-collage-theater-preview.html Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful has been a huge success since its debut in 1984. It’s a lightningquick comedy featuring intellectual absurdity, cross-dressing, quick changes and an entire cast played by two characters. Simultaneously highbrow and lowbrow, the play is a campy, postmodern collage that has proven to be remarkably durable over the past two decades. Beginning April 3, Next Act Theatre launches a production of Ludlam’s idiosyncratic masterpiece starring John McGivern and Christopher Tarjan, and directed by Next Act Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini. ]]> Silly Shakespeare - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1374-silly-shakespeare-theater-reviews.html Milwaukee Shakespeare can sometimes be faulted for staging productions that display more polish than punch. Its production of Cymbeline demonstrates how effectively it can achieve both, creating an entertaining spectacle from one of Shakespeare’s silliest plays. Written after he’d penned his greatest tragedies, comedies and histories, Cymbeline appears to be an exercise by the playwright to see just how dexterously he could coax threads of each genre into the effusive bow signifying the end of the play. ]]> Mass Morality - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1376-mass-morality-theater-preview.html Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives: Americans may hold different positions, but they still seem to be playing for the same team. Unfortunately, an increasing number of indicators in the environment and the global economy would lead some to believe that they’re on the losing team. This thought can be difficult to accept—unless you happen to be looking at things from the outside. ]]> Incurable Despair - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1377-incurable-despair-theater-reviews.html You’re on Earth, there’s no cure for that,” bellows Michael Corkins, playing Hamm in Milwaukee Rep’s production of Endgame. His outburst marks one of many instances when his rich stentorian voice erupts into violent disdain for the futility and wretchedness of human existence. Despite the comic patter consistent throughout the play, this expression of despair for the irremediable suffering of mankind clings to the characters like the fog one imagines inhabits the world outside their decaying cocoon. Prolonged disease and decrepitude remain within; “Outside of here it’s death.” ]]> Brazilian Mystery - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1285-brazilian-mystery-theater-reviews.html Making its world premiere this month at the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, Charles Randolph-Wright’s The Night Is a Child is a compelling drama marred by few flaws. Elizabeth Norment stars as Harriet—a mother of three whose husband has passed away. The play is set one year after Harriet’s son Michael walked into a nursery, killing nine people before committing suicide. Unable to endure the ongoing questions about the event, Harriet escapes to Brazil, where she hopes to relax. Her surviving adult children, Brian (Tyler Pierce) and Jane (Monette Magrath), follow Harriet to Brazil in an effort to bring her back home. Harriet is drawn into the mystery of Brazil by a series of fascinating characters, her central tour guide being an enchanting woman named Bia (Lanise Antoine Shelley). ]]> Operatic Comedy - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1287-operatic-comedy-theater-reviews.html Comedy has a reputation for being light and insubstantial. It is the stuff that provides levity from negativity and eases stress. However, just as a laugh is not the opposite of a tear, comedy is not the opposite of drama. Both can cover the same ground in ways that are equally compelling. Even the most cerebral concepts can be explored in just as much detail with just as much insight in comedy as they can in drama. Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir is a shining example of how comedy can cast a light into even the most abstract notions of the nature and value of art. The Skylight presents its production of Temperley’s comedy now through March 30 at the Broadway Theatre Center. ]]> Shakespeare’s Fantasy Epic - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1288-shakespearerss-fantasy-epic-theater-preview.html As Milwaukee Shakespeare makes its way off the stage at the end of the 2007-’08 season, the company is taking on one of the Bard’s more challenging plays, Cymbeline. The play, which opens March 22, can be difficult to define in terms of Shakespeare’s other work. Some historians have looked at the convoluted nature of the plot and come to the conclusion that Shakespeare merely wrote it to amuse himself. ]]> Nostalgia Trip - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1289-nostalgia-trip-theater-reviews.html More Hits than Misses - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1183-more-hits-than-misses-theater-reviews.html The End of the World - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1184-the-end-of-the-world-theater-preview.html Four people, two ash bins and a toy dog may not seem like much come the end of time, but these components have propelled Samuel Beckett’s Endgame to more than 50 years of critical praise. Starting next weekend, the Stiemke Theater brings Endgame back to Milwaukee. When the sheet is pulled off Mark Corkins on March 21, it will be his second time in the role of the blind, sickly Hamm. Years ago, Corkins played Hamm in the tiny confines of the UW-Milwaukee Studio Theatre. With its larger stage, the Milwaukee Rep has a much bigger canvas to work with. On the flip side, however, the Rep will face difficulty in bringing the immediacy of the characters’ emotional realities to one of the largest studio theaters in the county. As seen before at UWM, the perpetually restless decay of Hamm’s sickness breathes a fascinating counterpoint through Corkins’ powerful, deeply resonant voice. Lee Ernst will fill the role of Clov, the reluctant servant who comes ever closer to leaving the dying Hamm. Without Clov’s aid, Hamm would be left helpless, thus unraveling the tension that holds the play together. . ]]> Fairy-tale Antics - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1112-fairy-tale-antics-theater-reviews.html In a sweet and simply told production of Sleeping Beauty, First Stage Children’s Theater offers a treat for the younger set. The script by Charles Way differs substantially from the Disney animated version, but it still tells the basic story of a sleeping princess who must be awakened by love’s first kiss. Consideration for younger children’s sensibilities takes center stage. The evil witch is not too scary; likewise, a large, hairy spider stays sufficiently upstage not to frighten the youngest audience members. Adults will appreciate the many themes that run through the play, including the benefits of a lifetime friendship and the prince’s growing faith in his own abilities. ]]> One-Woman Revolution - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1118-one-woman-revolution-theater-reviews.html As if to celebrate Black History Month and this November’s electoral process at once, Acacia Theatre premiered Laddy Sartin’s Blessed Assurance last Friday at Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium. The play casts the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in fictionalized, localized and intensely personal terms. A black waitress at a white-owned diner in a small Mississippi town makes a one-woman revolution out of her demand to cast a ballot. ]]> Escaping Memories - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1119-escaping-memories-theater-preview.html The Milwaukee Rep closes its season at the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater with a pair of world premieres. Next week, The Rep stages the world premiere of Charles Randolph-Wright’s The Night is a Child. And next month, The Rep opens its production of Armadale, Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the 19th-century Wilkie Collins novel of the same name. Randolph-Wright, a man of many talents, enjoyed one of his biggest successes as a playwright with Blue, which opened Off-Broadway in 2001. The Night is a Child is a story of personal transformation through vacation, perhaps inadvertently paralleling the theme touched on in the Rep’s production of Enchanted April last month. Elizabeth Norment stars as Harriet, a mother who lost her son to a senseless act of violence. ]]> Old Story, New Look - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1120-old-story-new-look-theater-reviews.html Pesky Puppets - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1121-pesky-puppets-theater-reviews.html Comically Unsettling - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1015-comically-unsettling-theater-reviews.html Usually, when describing a small theater space people tend to use generally agreeable words like “cozy” or “intimate.” These words don’t really work for Boulevard Theatre’s latest production. In staging Casey Kurtti’s Catholic School Girls, director Mark Bucher’s tiny storefront space on South Kinnickinnic Avenue can best be described as comically unsettling. The space at the Boulevard is only a tiny bit smaller than the average grade-school classroom. A line of four students’ desks sits onstage facing the audience right next to a teacher’s desk underneath a crucifix. When all the title characters are present and a nun enters the room, the atmosphere is unmistakable, even for those of us who went to public school. ]]> Stark Steinbeck - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1016-stark-steinbeck-theater-preview.html The stage was the scene of mass commotion: people rushed about; platforms moved around; Lenny killed Curly’s wife. Amid the flurry of it all, in a most pleasant voice, director Rebecca Holderness told me that everything was going well with just more than a week until opening night for the UW-Milwaukee Department of Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men. ]]> Classy Cabaret - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1018-classy-cabaret-theater-reviews.html Lonely Widows Club - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-1019-lonely-widows-club-theater-reviews.html Mind of a Murderer - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-946-mind-of-a-murderer-theater-reviews.html Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Crime and Punishment invites audiences to enter the mind of a murderer. It’s a cramped and tawdry place. Oddly angled walls painted a bilious green seem to close in on you; disembodied sounds emanate from the background and doors swoosh open and shut, marking phantomlike entrances and offering glimpses of a diaphanous limbo in which the protagonist’s fearsome existence appears to be couched. Rarely does stagecraft, sound and lighting play such a significant role as it does here in this pareddown production. ]]> Cemetery Stories - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-948-cemetery-stories-theater-preview.html Kopper Bear’s production of Three Viewings, a comedy set around a funeral home, closes Feb. 17 at Sunset Playhouse. Less than a week later, Sunset Artistic Director Mark Salentine directs Ivan Menchell’s comedy The Cemetery Club. It’s the lighthearted story of three aging Jewish widows who meet each month to visit the graves of their late husbands. Doris (Frances Klumb) clings to the memory of her late husband, Lucille (Susan Loveridge) dates as many men as she can and Ida (Sally Marks) tries to find a balance between the two extremes. Previous productions of this episodic comedy have been compared to the style of a sitcom. ]]> Visionary Fathers - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-949-visionary-fathers-theater.html Three people play six characters in two acts occurring in one location. The delicate threads of human interaction unfold in a small space as Windfall Theatre presents its production of Three Days of Rain now through March 1. The Richard Greenberg drama has met with considerable acclaim since its California debut in the ’90s. The first act, set in 1995, features two sons and one daughter of a visionary pair of architects meeting to discuss the mysteries behind their parents’ inheritance. ]]> Stunning Spectacle - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-847-stunning-spectacle-theater-reviews.html It is in the opening moments of the staged musical version of The Lion King that the visual spectacle of puppetry and theater creates its own magic and literally takes flight. Birds soar above the audience while giraffes amble along amid lumbering elephants, graceful gazelles and other African creatures, all making their way toward Pride Rock. There, they pay homage to their lion king, Mufasa, on the birth of his son, Simba, while the strains of “Circle of Life” play on. Those familiar with the 75-minute Disney movie will be dazzled by the feats of daring design within this two hour, 40 minute production that opened last Thursday night at the Milwaukee Theatre (Wednesday’s snowstorm cancelled the planned opening). Now entering its 11th year as a stage musical, The Lion King departs from other Disney musicals transported to the stage, note for note, scene for scene. Director Julie Taymor has created spectacular images of actors integrated into the shapes and forms of animals through the use of multidimensional large scale puppets, African masks and shadow puppetry. The effects are dazzling . . .]]> Paternal Conflicts - Theater Previews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-848-paternal-conflicts-theater-previews.html The private, personal connection of the present to the past is a tenuous one, manifesting itself only in strange, phantasmal stories passed in whispers, floating through the primitive artifacts of human language. Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain explores this connection in a tight and enthralling drama. Debuting in the mid-’90s, the three-actor play has slowly garnered the breathless acclaim of critics. On Feb. 15, Windfall Theatre launches a production of the play from the intimate confines of Village Church Arts (130 E. Juneau Ave.). ]]> Wisteria and Sunshine - Theater Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-850-wisteria-and-sunshine-theater-reviews.html The Rep’s new production of Enchanted April is not the gossamer offering the title implies. Banking its ample charm in a production rich in slight-of-hand comedy, Matthew Barber’s 2003 play is an adaptation of a 1922 novel that echoes the disruption and monotony constituting women’s lives after World War I. He takes an even-keeled, lighthearted view of the boredom that two English housewives claim to experience as a result of the ongoing tediousness of the “surety of the routine.” The women place an ad in The Times of London for two more ladies to share the month of April in a secluded villa among the “wisteria and sunshine” of the Italian Riviera. The mismatched foursome discover that some miscommunication and uneven objectives have tagged along on their sojourn . . . ]]> Office Politics - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-769-office-politics-theater-review.html One of the classic scripts of the late 20th century, Glengarry Glen Ross, is a fascinating journey into the dark heart of big-ticket sales—the lifeblood of American capitalism. The Milwaukee Rep continues an impressive season with its well-executed production of the David Mamet play . . . ]]> Coldblooded Crimes - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-770-coldblooded-crimes-theater-preview.html Given the right circumstances, and depending on your perspective of morality, even the most brutal, coldblooded murders can be justified. Whether the murders come about as the result of a pre-emptive military invasion or crude blows from a heavy blade, the laws that govern the rest of society, they say, do . . . ]]> Faithful Recollections - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-774-faithful-recollections-theater.html Frank Hardy is a man plagued by many demons, among which are alcohol, women and ironically faith healing. His is “a craft without an apprenticeship…a vocation without a ministry.” Is he a medicine man? Performer? Con artist? The answer lies somewhere in the well-staged production of Brian Friel’s play, Faith . . . ]]> Rare Performances - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-708-rare-performances-theater-preview.html Shipwrecked in Illyria - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-709-shipwrecked-in-illyria-theater-review.html This past weekend, Milwaukee Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night transported audiences to a modern-day Illyria that resembled an upscale coastal resort.]]> Family Antics - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-627-family-antics-theater-review.html It is 1963. The Civil Rights Movement is in full swing. The Watsons are living in frigid Flint, Mich., hoping to make a better life in the north while escaping the economic and racial strife plaguing African-Americans in the South. Based on Reginald A. Jackson’s adaptation . . . ]]> More Monologues - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-636-more-monologues-theater-preview.html Generations of Women - Red Pepper Jelly http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-521-generations-of-women-red-pepper-jelly.html Arthur, the Boy Who Would be King - Theater Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-523-arthur-the-boy-who-would-be-king-theater-review.html Shakespeare in the Suburbs - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-527-shakespeare-in-the-suburbs-theater-preview.html Talk Among Friends, Goodnight Gracie - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-394-talk-among-friends-goodnight-gracie-theater-preview.html In two weeks, Boulevard Theatre jumps into the new year with a production of Say Goodnight, Gracie, a comedy by Ralph Pape. ]]> Alabama Bound - Theater Preview http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-451-alabama-bound-theater-preview.html On Jan. 18, First Stage Children’s Theater opens its production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham— 1963. ]]> McGivern Tales - THEATER PREVIEW http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-236-mcgivern-tales-theater-preview.html Next Act’s production of the holiday comedy Greetings! ends its run Sunday, but scenic designer Rick Rasmussen’s cozy, midcentury domestic set will remain at the Off-Broadway . . . ]]> Ring Around Comedy - THEATER REVIEW http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-234-ring-around-comedy-theater-review.html UW-Milwaukee’s production of Ring Around The Moon was a little less than three hours long, but the time went by like it was only 90 minutes thanks to a fun production under the inspired direction of Michelle Lopez-Rios. ]]> Round the Conquest - THEATER REVIEW http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-235-round-the-conquest-theater-review.html Christmas Out of Control - THEATER REVIEW http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-227-christmas-out-of-control-theater-review.html