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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

O’Donoghue’s brings a touch of Ireland to the suburbs

 Elm Grove is thought of as a bird sanctuary, a bedroom suburb and home to one of the area’s longest-running community theaters, the Sunset Playhouse. The idea of a little colony of Ireland
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
 Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse reaches for something ambitious with its production of the durable hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The performance itself is a little rough around the edges musically
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Laughing all the way to the Fairway

A timely, golf-themed farce is scoring a hole in one at Sunset Playhouse. The Fox on the Fairway is the perfect lighter fare for playgoers seeking clever characters, a screwball plot and the ugliest collection of golf sweaters
Thursday, May 30, 2013

‘Fox on the Fairway’ at Sunset Playhouse

 Contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig has made quite a name for himself constructing stage sitcoms that feel like authentic sitcoms from another era. Taken completely out of context, his Lend Me A Tenor may as well have been
Thursday, May 2, 2013
 Musical revues can be kind of repetitive. They add a nice contrast to the rest of what inhabits local stages, but the format can feel forced no matter how it's dressed up. The Harmonettes has some unique angles, however. The
Thursday, April 25, 2013

‘Lucky Stiff’s’ slapstick at Sunset Playhouse

 Put together a down-on-his-luck shoe salesman and a $6 million inheritance from an unknown uncle with very specific instructions in his will, and you have the makings of a screwball comedy. Add strong casting, solid
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Funny family drama at Sunset Playhouse

 Set in 1950s Buffalo, Over the Tavern is rooted in acclaimed playwright Tom Dudzick’s childhood experiences. Rudy, the 12-year-old protagonist, butts heads with the dogmatic Sister Clarissa as she tries to subdue his
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

‘Over the Tavern’ in Elm Grove

 Tom Dudzick's domestic comedy Over the Tavern is one of those period pieces that feels a bit chronologically ambiguous. It's been produced so many times since it first appeared in the mid-1990s that it scarcely
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Sunset Playhouse’s popular Wisconsin comedy

 As the temperature drops outside, a good way to stay warm and entertained indoors is a visit to Sunset Playhouse’s production of Lumberjacks in Love (LiL)
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

A white Christmas at Sunset Playhouse

 The Sunset Playhouse’s seasonal bon bon, “Hollywood Holidays,” is a compendium of movie tunes sung individually by four young performers. Yes, there is “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Baby,” as well as a lovely

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