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08.09.2014 | 76 days ago | Posted at 03:40 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Marcus Center’s Vogel Hall is a really comfortable space to see a show in. As great a space as it is, it’s not exactly the most attractive environment. Walking in there I always feel a little bit like I’m walking onto the set of a 1970s television game show of some sort. Thankfully, there is going to be a renovation of Vogel. Next year there’s going to be a new atrium with a Riverwalk ...
06.27.2014 | 119 days ago | Posted at 06:07 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With all of the local-produced stuff going on, it’s easy to forget that the bigger productions are casually rolling through the biggest stages. Yes, you’ve seen the ads for Phantom of the Opera, but they tend to blur into everything else that’s being marketed as entertainment over the course of the summer. Sometimes when something so obvious and ubiquitous is being marketed it’s easy to ov...
05.05.2014 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The experience of Vietnam has been explored quite a bit in books and movies and the like. The experiences of those to serve in the military more recently are explored in Letters Home, a touring show that is coming to the Marcus Center’s Vogel Hall.The play gives voice to those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the title suggests, these experiences are drawn directly from letters that w...
01.14.2014 | | Posted at 04:34 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Some local events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day:   The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech and writing contest. In addition, various cultural arts organizations take center stage in Uihlein Hall. The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland ...
Friday, April 19, 2013

First Stage’s baseball time travel show

 The First Stage Children’s Theater production of Jackie and Me is an inspirational tribute to Jackie Robinson, performed with the greatest of sincere intentions for a youthful audience. This is children’s theater and woe onto
Monday, April 15, 2013

Wild contrasts at the Milwaukee Ballet

 In Mozart Requiem, the first of three wildly contrasting works presented by Milwaukee Ballet in its immensely enjoyable “Spring Series” last weekend, Amy Seiwert's choreography mirrors the structure of Mozart's work for
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

MSO celebrates early Beethoven

The “Edo factor” was in full gear at the All-Beethoven Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert last Saturday evening. With music director Edo de Waart as conductor, the MSO is a disciplined, efficient entity. There were no guest artists in this meat-and-potatoes orchestral program
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
First Stage creates an interesting historical contrast in Jonathan Gillard Daly's To The Promised Land. The story of life in Milwaukee for an African-American girl named Ruth during the civil rights movement fluidly alternates with the story of young Golda Meir as she grows up in Milwaukee earlier

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