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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Theater Review

The Chamber Theatre brings its usual finesse and careful adherence to the spirit of the text in their thoughtful new production of Talley’s Folly, Lanford Wilson’s 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning play and recipient of the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award .The play is the second in Wilson’s “Talley Trilogy,” all successfully produced. With such distinguished credentials, audiences may feel an uneasy sense of disappointment at the dialogue’s initial lack of focus, a requirement so important in a two-character play.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Classical Preview

Countless plays, operas and movies have been based on the works of the great Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), varying from word-for-word adaptations to loose borrowing of plot or characters. Among those who owe a debt to Shakespeare is Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35), whose I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) is based on the Bard’s immortal tale of love and death, Romeo and Juliet (1595), albeit several times removed. The libretto by Felice Romani that Bellini used was a reworking of Shakespeare’s legendary tale as first intended for use as Giulietta e Romeo by the composer Nicola Vaccai; and in doing so, Romani drew upon the 1818 play Giulietta e Romeo by Luigi Scevola!
Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Boulevard Theatre - 8:00 p.m.

For the Boulevard Theatre’s latest production, four Milwaukee actors in their late-20s and early-30s have tackled the challenge of, well, playing four Milwaukeeans in their late-20s and early-30s. It might not be a challenge on par with playing Hamlet, but the cast brings great charisma and comic timing to the company’s . . .
Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Miramar Theatre - 8:00 p.m.

The wang-bending touring troupe Puppetry of the Penis treat their reproductive organs as if they’re Play-Doh, contorting them into silly shapes like wristwatches, hot dogs, windsurfers and the Eiffel Tower. This weekend the guys bring their elastic genitals to the Miramar Theatre for a series of performances, with tonight . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Still running strong after 20 years off Broadway, the participatory comedy Tony N Tina’s Wedding invites audiences to take part in the mock wedding of two abrasive Italian stereotypes. The couple may not be particularly likeable—or, for that matter, PC—but each production includes a fun wedding reception, dancing . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Miramar Theatre - 8:00 PM

Is there anything the male genitals can’t do? The touring troupe Puppetry of the Penis sets out to explore the potential of the male member, contorting it into silly shapes like wristwatches, hot dogs, windsurfers and the Eiffel Tower. This week the guys bring their elastic wangs to the Miramar Theatre for a series of performances . . .
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

Mary Kay Koerner via www.shepherd-express.com

I have known Gay Reinartz for 10 years now and I am always in awe of her commitment to conservation and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (“Dispatches from the Congo,” Dec. 6).

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