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09.17.2011 | | Posted at 05:32 AM

Skylight’s THE RIVALS is so effortlessly enjoyable it’s easy to forget that it’s an opera

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s the early 20th century. There’s a wealthy man posing as a starving artist to win the love of a wealthy girl who is certain that her father would not approve of their love. The wealthy man quickly comes into a situation where his father is arranging him to marry a woman…who ends up being the woman he’s been wooing this whole time in the role of a starving artist. It’s a fun little ...
08.23.2010 | | Posted at 08:39 PM

The Skylight Opera presents its penultimate Cabaret In The Ward

By Russ Bickerstaff
Summer theatre winds-down in anticipation of a very busy September. August is that hazy space between the end of summer theatre and the beginning of the next season. Even as Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens the first production of its season, The Skylight Opera Theatre finishes off a series of free Tuesday evening concerts not far from the theatre in Catalano Square. This Tuesday night, the ...
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009

Today @ The Skylight Opera Theatre, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and based upon Jan De Hartog's 1952 play, The Fourposter, the 1966 marriage-themed musical satire I Do! I Do! has appealed to such fabled stage couples as Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The Skylight Opera Theatre offers another congenial pairing in Norman Moses and Leslie Fitzwater...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

Tonight @ The Skylight Opera Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and based upon Jan De Hartog's 1952 play, The Fourposter, the 1966 marriage-themed musical satire I Do! I Do! has appealed to such fabled stage couples as Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The Skylight Opera Theatre offers another congenial pairing in Norman Moses and Leslie Fitzwater, who...
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Syklight Opera Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

One of the most popular of Giacomo Puccini’s operas, La Boheme tells the funny but tragic tale of Parisians in the 1830s looking for love and artistic fulfillment. The Skylight Opera Theatre, which hasn’t attempted this beloved production for more than 40 years, selected it to open its new season. Tonight’s opening . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theater Review

For young Percy Talbott and the folks of Gilead, Wisconsin life is not a physical journey out of the small town. In their case, it’s a new way of looking at life within as they rediscover all that’s good about their close knit community. It takes an outsider like Percy to show the insiders where the dormant joys lie buried, waiting to be rediscovered. And life in Gilead centers around The Spitfire Grill, the homey diner crossroads where everyone knows, or tries to know, one another’s business. Based on the 1996 film of the same name, the stage musical version tells the story of Talbott . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Skylight Opera Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

The Skylight Opera Theatre ends its season with a production of the feel-good musical The Spitfire Grill, which opens tonight with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Based on a 1996 film, the story follows a woman recently released from prison who concocts a plan to save the small-town grill that took a chance on employing . . .

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