Express Milwaukee - Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-27-1-theater.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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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