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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Dark secrets in a jubilant America

 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
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

APT’s ‘Molly Sweeney’

 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
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
 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
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We all carry wounds, real or imagined, that shape our lives and determine our destinies. The three characters in Heroes, currently running in the Touchstone Theatre on the American Players Theatre's Spring Green campus, have some very real wounds...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Whether it takes place on the stage or the screen, acting can be an all-consuming occupation. If it is true that only an actor can truly understand another actor, perhaps this is why actors so often become romantically involved. Acting couples tend...
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....
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Milwaukee actor Jonathan Smoots

Milwaukee actor Jonathan Smoots had a gift for reading aloud when he was growing up in the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park in the 1950s. That talent pleased his mother, the daughter of a Lutheran minister. “My mother always thought I was going to be a minister,” says Smoots, 54, the husband of fellow actor Laura Gordon, who is a company member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. “Of course, there are a lot of parallels between acting and preaching.” For the past 28 years, Smoots has practiced his dramatic ministry on stages in New Jersey and Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee and, especially . . .

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