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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

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

Keeping with Cirque du Soleil’s vision of cramming as many amazing acts of human agility onto a stage as can possibly fit at one time, Saltimbanco is the company’s oldest touring revue and a good overview of the company’s blend of ballet, juggling, acrobatics and general feats of strength. Though, like all of Cirque du Soleil’s early...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Theater Review

   Stephen Schwartz isn't exactly a household name around these parts. But mention some of the songwriter's credits, including Godspell, Pippin and the current box office smash Wicked, and people start paying attention. The Grammy-winning Schwartz has a smooth, self-deprecating onstage manner that played well Sept. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Dressed all in black, perhaps as a nod to his New York roots, Schwartz played piano as he led the audience through many of his hits. His boyish, animated face...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Theater Review

   The Vaudeville circuit flourished on American stages for half a century. Between the 1880's and the 1930's, an endless parade of performers scraped together a living one stage at a time, wandering across the country in search of fortune. Stephen Sondheim's hugely successful 1959 musical Gypsy is a strange, endearing tribute to the era of Vaudeville. Director Dale Gutzman brings that tribute to life this month as his Off the Wall Theatre presents its production of the Sondheim classic through Oct. 11...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Theater Review

Between Boulevard Theatre's staging of The Constant Wife as a theater rehearsal and Off the Wall's production of Gypsy, at least two local stages seem to be looking at themselves. Marquette adds to the theater-about-theater motif this month with its production of KenLudwig's comedy The Moon Over Buffalo. Running through Oct. 5, the production stars Kevin Hogan and Jennifer Shine as George and Charlotte Hay-a pair of married actors struggling with their own repertory theater company in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Broadway Theatre Center - 7:30 p.m.

One of the most popular of Giacomo Puccini’s operas, La Boheme tells the funny, tragic tale of Parisians in the 1830s looking for love and artistic success. The Skylight Opera Theatre hasn’t attempted this beloved production for more than 40 years, but it choose it to open its new season. Tonight, Skylight continues its run of the production...
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 6:30 p.m.

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of I Am My Own Wife features more than 30 characters—a feat that is especially impressive since it only features one actor, Michael Gotch. He works overtime to tell the remarkable true story of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a resilient individual who survived the brutality...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1 p.m. & 3:20 p.m.

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...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

Robin Williams has been responsible for some of the very best and some of the very worst comedy of the past 30 years, but his maniac, full-body stand-up performances are still a sight to behold. In the years since his record breaking 2002 tour, Williams has fallen on hard times, facing the death of his brother, a divorce and the recurrence...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1 p.m.

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...
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Windfall Theatre - 8 p.m.

Jeff Daniels, best known for his work as an actor in films like Dumb and Dumber and Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, deserves more attention as a playwright, as plays like his funny comedy The Vast Difference make clear. That play makes its way to downtown Milwaukee in a modest production by Windfall Theatre at Village Church Arts, 130 E. Juneau Ave., which begins its run tonight with an 8 p.m. performance...

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