Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 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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