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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Theater Preview

With the exception of a staged reading last September, Peter J. Woods largely has been absent from the theater scene for the past few years. Instead, the actor/playwright has focused on the music of noise rock—beautiful, aggressive, disharmonious. But Woods hasn't abandoned theater altogether. In July, for one weekend only, Woods returns to the theatrical realm with Standingstillorworse...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Theater Review

A ragged yet beautiful constellation of passion and imperfection, Carte Blanche Studios' Titus Andronicus offers the perfect start to summer theater in Milwaukee. The play itself, arguably one of Shakespeare's least-accomplished pieces, treads a razor's edge between absurdly poetic and merely...
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Talented cast leads Renaissance Theaterworks production

Dysfunctional families come in all colors. That’s one of the messages audiences might take away after seeing Crumbs From the Table of Joy, a Renaissance Theaterworks production now playing at the Broadway Theatre Center. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, Crumbs tells the...
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Classic suspense cinema runs swiftly across the stage in two hours of comedy as the Milwaukee Rep brings Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps to the Quadracci Powerhouse. Four actors play numerous roles in this sophisticated comic tribute to the classic cloak-and-dagger suspense story. The show leans heavily on a behind-the-curtain feel. Bill Clarke’s set has the look of a stylish, decaying cinema palace. With a few odd props, the four actors create...
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Theater Review

It’s tough for any actor to capture the attention of the audience for the duration of a one-person show, but Australian actress Caroline O’Connor holds her own in the Milwaukee Rep’s staging of Bombshells. Written specifically for O’Connor by Joanna Murray-Smith, Bombshells is a series of monologues delivered on an attractive set by Richard Hoover...
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Theater Preview

In the theater world, the holiday season looks much the same all over the nation. Seasonal favorites take the stage year after year, along with a few independent offerings that add variety. The Milwaukee Rep returns to the Pabst Theater with its annual production of A Christmas Carol, the city’s longest-running holiday theater tradition. The lush, classy show stars James Pickering as Scrooge from Dec. 3-26...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

25 years of daring theater

Out for a long walk one night, Mark Bucher kept going and going until he found himself on a bleak stretch of South Kinnickinnic Avenue, among the ruins of a once-thriving business district in an obscure corner of town called Bay View. It was the mid-’80s and Bay View’s renaissance was still over a decade away. “I saw this empty storefront,” recalls Bucher, who...
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Stage Actress

It’s tempting to award this title to Mary MacDonald Kerr, Jacque Troy or any of a wide selection of well-known Milwaukee actresses that turned in brilliant appearances this year, but the lesser-known Liz Mistele has arguably had a better 2010 than any actor in town. Mistele appeared in at least five shows in 12...
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Theater Preview

Renaissance Theaterworks opens its season this week with Reasons to Be Pretty, the final chapter in contemporary playwright Neil LaBute’s thematic trilogy about society’s obsession with physical appearance. A few local companies produced the first installment in the trilogy, The Shape of Things...

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