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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Theater Review

First Stage's adaptation of Lois Lowry's Gossamer begins with a waif-like girl engaged in a battle of wills with her unyielding mentor, her unquenchable curiosity gently butting against her elder's limited reserve of patience. It's an appropriate beginning for a play that is essentially all about the battle of wills between the spirited ingeniousness of youth and the wisdom of old age, the forces of light and darkness, and between a young boy's suppressed feelings of shame and his burgeoning sense of self-worth...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

It was only a matter of time until Oprah attempted Broadway, and so in 2005 she produced an adaptation of Alice Walker’s violent, controversial novel, The Color Purple (or, perhaps more accurately, an adaptation of the 1985 film adaptation of the book, which starred Oprah herself). The musical is considerably lighter . . .
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tonight @ Marcus Center - 7 p.m.

Waltzes from some of Austria’s finest—Strauss, Mozart and Brahms—are on the menu tonight at the Marcus Center when the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra does its latest program, “Classical Connections: Tales from the Vienna Woods.”
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Jokes about hot flashes, mood swings and chocolate cravings abound in the popular touring production of Menopause: The Musical, which continues its month-long run at the Marcus Center this week. Here, women of a certain age deal with their emotional and hormonal fluctuations through song, singing 25 comedic . . .
Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 8 p.m.

When Johann Sebastian Bach set himself to work on a new composition, it was normally just a matter of days, at most a week or two, before it was finished. Such was certainly not the case with his Mass in B Minor, BWV 232. The fourth part (Sanctus) dates from 1724; the first two parts (Kyrie and Gloria) were completed . . .
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Ballet ends its season this weekend with one final, mixed-repertory program featuring three vastly different pieces, each with a different emotional pitch, including legendary choreographer Anthony Tudor’s “Offenbach in the Underworld,” and “Aubade,” a premiere piece choreographed by Milwaukee . . .
Friday, May 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Sorry fans of the ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the touring production of Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations on the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t particularly fresh (many. . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 8 p.m.

Sorry fans of the ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the one-man show Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations on the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t particularly fresh . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Monty Python’s most beloved feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as a springboard for Spamalot, a musical written for the stage by Monty Python alum Eric Idle. Consisting of send ups aimed at Broadway culture and some of the most cherished moments from the film, the production won the 2005 Tony . . .
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 2:30 p.m.

The Florentine Opera Company concludes its three-day production of Vincenzo Bellini’s 1830 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, this afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. production at the Marcus Center. Bellini’s version emphasizes the story’s poignancy and is focused squarely . . .

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