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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

In Tandem’s ‘Beast on the Moon’

 Sometimes everything comes together on a production. Sometimes all of the elements of a show run together in just the right way. That's what seems to have happened prior to opening night with In Tandem Theatre's
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
 The Boulevard Theatre's intimate stage plays host to romantic comedy once more as artistic director Mark Bucher stages the Milwaukee premier of Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance. Michael Weber is slightly inert as Ralph, a widower
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
 All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
 It has often been said that one can have too much of a good thing. Nonetheless, people continue to go overboard with excess and the world ends up in the kind of trouble in which we currently find it. Variety can be very
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Winning the lottery at Theatre Gigante

 The fantasy of winning the lottery is so universal that it's easy to overlook as a subject for serious drama. Any attempt at exploring sudden, catastrophic wealth runs the risk of cliché. Hungarian playwright György Spiró
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Milwaukee Chamber’s one-man show

 James Ridge is a tall man who has been known to work alone. He's also one of Wisconsin’s most captivating actors. Several years ago he put in a particularly well-rendered performance as Charles Dickens in a one-man show that played in multiple venues. Ridge returns to center stage in a one-character production
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Plus: Theater Happenings

 Dreaming about something and living it are two completely different things. The fact that this premise has become a cliché is very telling about contemporary culture. Perfection is a moving target and we never seem satisfied. It's a deep-rooted cultural understanding that seems to be hammered into the very fabric
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Next Act finds the heart of human connection

Stephen Massicotte's The Clockmaker is a delicate drama of narrative poetry. Events don't unfold in a linear fashion. They conform to a dreamlike logic of emotion that resonates through the heart of human connection. It's very, very difficult stuff to
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
 Leslie Fitzwater stands onstage as legendary French diva Edith Piaf. There's a beautifully tragic tone to her voice. Notes cascade out into the theater. Rick Rasmussen's set strikes the same simple elegance as the singer herself and the singer she is playing. Clean, simple lines flow into the empty
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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