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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Milwaukee Rep presents ‘Harvey’

“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
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

The Rep scores with Michael Frayn’s comedy

 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
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
 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
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

The Rep’s drama of communication

 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
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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...
04.08.2012 | | Posted at 05:54 PM

Hell-bent for Shakespeare on a Harley

By Russ Bickerstaff
There's heavy metal pumping into the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre prior to the show. A single shaft of light illuminates a Harley amidst the gritty gleam of an industrially inspired set. Somewhere in the background we're hearing "Welcome to the Jungle." It's kind of a weird contrast against an audience that has come to the theatre dressed--like they're going to the theatre. There everyone is in ...
02.05.2012 | | Posted at 07:46 AM

Boswell Books presents a couple of programs regarding upcoming shows

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bookstores. Remember them? Okay, so they aren'™t exactly extinct yet, but there certainly are one heck of a lot less of them now than there used to be . . . at least of the brick and mortar kind, anyway. And while like . . . 90% of my reading is in RTF format on an ancient, little Palm Tungsten, I do remember enjoying many, many hours at bookstores--”the smaller the better. One such bookstore ...
12.10.2011 | | Posted at 10:44 AM

The Rep’s continued A CHRISTMAS CAROL continues to pay lasting tribute to Joseph Hanreddy’s time as Artistic Director

By Russ Bickerstaff
nnI narrowly managed to avoid NOT going to A Christmas Carol this year. The Milwaukee Rep’s long-running stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic continues another strong season with a strong cast and the Marjorie Bradley Kellogg/Martha Hally design work that has served it so well for so many years.nIn an era where things are changing for the Rep thanks to a new Artistic Director, The Mil...
01.31.2011 | | Posted at 10:00 PM

Rep resident actors in an edgy non-linear drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Appeal of Getting LOST In Complexity Even the most concise synopsis for the Rep’s latest drama is going to sound unappealingly bewildering. The Rep’s studio theatre production of the very character-driven story is told on a nearly bare stage with only a few pieces of furniture, simple lighting schemes and relatively plain costuming. This isn’t a show that dazzles with shiny glossiness....