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Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Today @ the Broadway Theatre Center - 2 p.m.

Past scholars have often decried Love's Labour's Lost as wholly insignificant, a self-indulgent piece by William Shakespeare before he moved on to more serious work. More recently, Cambridge University's Anne Barton described the play as "relentlessly Elizabethan," with dialogue that is mostly inaccessible to modern . . .
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center - 1 p.m.

Sergei Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf has been a staple of kids productions for decades, but the Milwaukee Ballet’s new production, a collaboration with First Stage Children’s Theater and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, puts a new spin on the familiar tale: It is narrated in three different languages . . .
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

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

The UWM Union Theatre continues its LGBT Film/Video Festival today with several screenings, including a 7 p.m. screening of XXY, a 2007 Argentinean drama about Alex, a 15-year-old girl born with both female and male sex characteristics. Alex’s life becomes even more confusing when she begins a relationship with . . .
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

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

Past scholars have often decried Love's Labour's Lost as wholly insignificant, a self-indulgent piece by William Shakespeare before he moved on to more serious work. More recently, Cambridge University's Anne Barton described the play as "relentlessly Elizabethan," with dialogue that is mostly inaccessible to modern . . .
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center - 3 p.m.

Sergei Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf has been a staple of kids productions for decades, but the Milwaukee Ballet’s new production, a collaboration with First Stage Children’s Theater and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, puts a new spin on the familiar tale: It is narrated in three different languages . . .
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Stackner Cabaret - 8 p.m.

The Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret kicks off its season tonight with an 8 p.m. performance of Isn’t It Romantic, a tribute to classic romantic songwriters like George and Ira Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart staring Jimi Ray Malary, who recently stared in the Stackner’s Duke Ellington tribute Ellington: The Life and . . .
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Theater Preview

"Even Shakespeare gave the guy playing King Lear a 20-minute break," says actor Michael Gotch, who is embracing a challenging lead role with the Milwaukee Rep. When the Rep's Stiemke Theater opens the season with I Am My Own Wife on Sept. 10, Gotch won't be given the luxury of any time offstage.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 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 . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Classical Preview

From March 17-26, 2006, Andreas Delfs led the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in a remarkable Brahms Festival, a series of concerts canvassing the great German master's symphonies, concertos and immortal Deutsches Requiem. Now, as Maestro Delfs begins his 12th and final season as MSO music director, he has chosen not only to revisit all four Brahms symphonies, but also to record them for release on CD. Why does Brahms deserve special attention? "[2008-'09] being my last season in Milwaukee, I wanted to do one more . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Theater Review

George Bernard Shaw's first play ever produced, Widowers' Houses, is a sharp, socially conscious analysis of morality that still resonates today. American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green brings Shaw's 115-year-old comedy to the stage as one of its final summer productions. Though the plot involves the tiring drama of finance and morality, APT brightens even the dreariest moments, having assembled a brilliant ensemble cast, authentic period costuming and a classy set free from excessive ornamentation . . .

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