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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Theater Review

Despite offering a critique of what he called the “claptrap morality” of Victorian society, Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn. The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English upper-crust to reveal sexual intrigue, suicide, deception, murder, medical malpractice and opium addiction teeming beneath the veneer of propriety—in short all the things which Collins longed to further illuminate—and presents them in the form of a highly entertaining and rather saucy play.
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre - 7:30 PM

Like the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s production of Enchanted April last month, The Night is a Child is a story of personal transformation through vacation. Elizabeth Norment stars as Harriet, a mother who retreats to Brazil after losing her son to a senseless act of violence. She encounters intriguing characters . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Theater Reviews

The Rep’s new production of Enchanted April is not the gossamer offering the title implies. Banking its ample charm in a production rich in slight-of-hand comedy, Matthew Barber’s 2003 play is an adaptation of a 1922 novel that echoes the disruption and monotony constituting women’s lives after World War I. He takes an even-keeled, lighthearted view of the boredom that two English housewives claim to experience as a result of the ongoing tediousness of the “surety of the routine.” The women place an ad in The Times of London for two more ladies to share the month of April in a secluded villa among the “wisteria and sunshine” of the Italian Riviera. The mismatched foursome discover that some miscommunication and uneven objectives have tagged along on their sojourn . . .
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre - 8:00 PM

The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre previews its latest production Enchanted April, tonight at 8 p.m. Seeking a respite from gloomy, war-torn post-World War I England—not to mention their obtuse husbands—four women rent a gorgeous villa on the Italian Riviera and enjoy a dreamy month-long vacation.