This year was a remarkably diverse time for theater in Milwaukee. As new companies arose, others became more established and still others continued to define themselves in ways that kept things evolving in a refreshing way.
The Milwaukee Ballet’s world premiere of Michael Pink’s La Bohème was celebrated with much frivolity at the fabulous
Hamilton bar. After the ever-eloquent Pink described his upcoming oeuvre...
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...
When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 15th century, it was a defining moment in human history that ushered in the era of mass communication. Was it also the perfect subject for a big, splashy Broadway musical?
It’s always kind of weird going out to see a show at the Greendale Community Theatre . . . sometimes it’s a bit stranger than others. Their latest is one of those stranger trips to the Greendale High School Auditorium. It’s not like I’m unfamiliar with Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s Avenue Q. Having seen the touring production roll through town some time ago, I’m familiar with the...
Greendale Community Theatre presents a satirical musical puppet show
By Russ Bickerstaff
n n nI wasn’t terribly impressed with Avenue Q when I originally saw the touring Broadway show. It lacked finesse. The idea of having muppety Sesame Street style puppets fdoing a musical that covered themes of sexuality for adults was only mildly clever. Yes, to a certain extent there are some basic things that society hasn’t learned about respecting each other’s sexuality that can be done...
Awhole generation has grown-up since “Sesame Street” first aired in 1969. The savvy educational public television show that mixes muppets, animation and live actors has become highly iconic. The premise of using the “Sesame Street” format to deliver comically satirical lessons to those who have grown up watching the show is brimming with brilliant possibilities.
Often billed as an explicit homage to PBS’ long-running kids series “Sesame Street,” the Tony Award-winning production Avenue Q centers on a group of puppets as they manage life as twenty- and thirty-somethings. Vulgarity and adult situations abound. Originally staged in 2002, Avenue Q is by no . . .
Often billed as an explicit homage to PBS’ long-running kids series “Sesame Street,” the Tony Award-winning production Avenue Q, which opens tonight at the Marcus Center with a 7:30 performance, centers on a group of puppets as they manage life as twenty- and thirty-somethings. Vulgarity and adult . . .
Like so many electronic- and dance-music collectives, the Chicago group Mahjongg is difficult to label. Their new, second album, Kontpab, blends a host of electronic and synthesized textures and sounds, but it also prominently features a strong whiff of Afro-beat rhythms...