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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Considering the diversity of theater offerings, it's surprising that certain genres don't get more play on local stages. Science fiction may have its place on the big screen, but it's rarely explored in Milwaukee theater. Last year, Vince Figueroa...
08.11.2012 | | Posted at 06:40 AM

Ken Williams and Jennifer Adams host an event geared at kids entering 5th through 8th grade.

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Children's far for middle school kids can be kind of difficult to manage. Skew the material too young or too old and it will be intolerably boring for your audience. Leave it to First Stage to handle it well. The children's theatre program has attracted some of the best talent in town over the years. This month, two directors from the group will present a free presentation in Oconomowoc. To...
07.29.2012 | | Posted at 07:07 AM

Richard Taylor Sculpture to be installed tomorrow.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Though it is quite distinctive, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a humble, little building on 325 West Walnut Street. That building is about to get a piece of decoration thanks to artist Richard Taylor. The 25 foot welded aluminum sculpture will be installed by crane at 7am on the morning of the 30th. People deriving by who probably never thought that much about the place will have their at...
06.19.2012 | | Posted at 11:53 PM

Free Marcus Center events at KidZ Stage Tuesday through Thursday mornings at 10 am

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Don't be suspicious of the capital "Z." It's not up to anything sinister . . . it's actually kind of whimsical . . . and this time of year, it provides a lot of free entertainment for kidZ . . . er . ..  Kids.   The Marcus Center's outdoor KidZ Stage rests playfully by the side of the river far back in a corner of the space taken-up by the performing arts complex. Starting today, Tuesdays...
04.22.2012 | | Posted at 06:29 AM

First Stage Young Company stages Tom Stoppard's Contemporary classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
  First Stage's Young Company closes out its season with a production of Tom Stoppard's classic absurdist existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead . The twisted margins of Hamlet take center stage in a show that probably doesn't get staged quite nearly as often as it should.    This is First Stage's Young Company performing the show, which should provide an interesting ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The stage of the Todd Wehr Theater becomes larger than life so as to direct attention to the very small as First Stage presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Based on the popular children's books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, Joan Cushing's musical...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues its commitment to working with area university theater programs as it opens William Inge's Bus Stop in collaboration with UW-Parkside. Bus Stop is a mid-'50s comedy perhaps best known...
04.09.2012 | | Posted at 10:57 AM

First Stage presents four consecutive hours of Shakespeare's monologues

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Sit down to watch the Milwaukee Rep's Othello and you're in for three straight hours of drama. First Stage  looks to do a little fundraising towards the end of the month with a program of monologues that is one hour longer than that . . .    Sunday, April 21st First Stage Theatre Academy will participate in its second annual Bard-O-Thon. It's four straight hours of Shakespearian monologues...
02.27.2012 | | Posted at 01:40 PM

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLTE FACTORY opens this weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s all those little details that make for a memorable production. I remember a staging of The Diary of Anne Frank in the basement of the Brumder Mansion that had the family actually eating a meal of real food. Seeing actual sustenance onstage added something potent to the experience of the show. First Stage is opening its production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this coming weekend. M...
02.17.2012 | | Posted at 11:58 PM

The Young Company presents Shakespeare’s WINTER’S TALE

By Russ Bickerstaff
I distinctly seem to remember a certain local critic who used to write for the daily suggesting at one point that Shakespeare should only be done by trained Shakespearian actors. Utter rubbish. And people let him know it . . . theoretically, Shakespeare’s work, being a distillation of some of the more potent end of human emotion and interaction, should be able to be done by anyone . . . each s...

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