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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 . . .
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Theater Review

Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and First Stage Children's Theater have teamed up for an adaptation of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf that uses dance, music and narration in English, Spanish and sign language to convey the battle of wills between boy and beast. The result of this ambitious endeavor is a sweet production that benefits from being short (35 minutes).
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

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

Because they were never solved, the Jack the Ripper murders have been a particularly ripe muse for writers for over a century, as countless pieces of fiction have speculated who may have been the killer and—more interestingly—what his or her motives could have been. Local writer and director Jackie . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Repertory Theater - 7:30 p.m.

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s latest production, 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 . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Theater Review

Though Shakespeare often suffers at the hands of modernized productions, Love's Labour's Lost is usually an exception. Many directors have successfully set the play in the not-too-distant past, bringing the action closer to the audience's experience to offer a more accessible reading, but not so close they can't survey the characters and themes with some level of temporal detachment.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Theater Preview

Lombardi: The Only Thing, a biographical play about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, debuts at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre on Sept. 11. Playwright Eric Simonson recently revised the script, which premiered in Madison last year. Next Act worked closely with Simonson to amplify the show's impact, says Lombardi director Edward Morgan.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Theater Review

Ah, love. It has it ups and downs, twists and turns. And in the arc of romance, the despair of heartbreak can unexpectedly bring about the promise of new love. Isn't It Romantic follows the journey of a modern relationship centered on the timeless music of composers George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Jerome Kern. Playwright/Director David Hunter Koch has created the songbook as a musical revue, which opened last weekend at the Rep's Stackner Cabaret. Singer/performer . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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

Popular local actor, comedian and, increasingly, city spokesman John McGivern reminisces about youth in the Marcus Center’s latest production, The Wonder Bread Years, reflecting on sugary snacks, family trips, vintage television and school misadventures. The play runs through Sept. 21, with a 7:30 . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

A handful of recent documentaries have explored the intersection between faith and homosexuality, but few have been as daring as 2007’s A Jihad for Love, a bold documentary, filmed in secret in 12 different countries, about Islam’s stance on sexuality. It screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre as part . . .
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

The UWM Union Theatre’s LGBT Film/Video festival continues tonight with a double-feature paying homage to filmmaker Derek Jarman, whose often-shocking films became more aggressively pro-gay rights throughout the years. At 7 p.m., a2008 documentary Derek . . .

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