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Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 5 and 8 p.m.

Sorry fans of the short-lived ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the touring production of Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations about the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t . . .
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Sorry fans of the short-lived ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the touring production of Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations regarding the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Theater Preview

In the fall of 1888, a series of five murders took place in London's Whitechapel district. Newspapers referred to the murderer, whose victims were all prostitutes, as "Jack the Ripper." The killer was never caught. The drama of this serial killer has been adapted to stage and screen numerous times over the years. He returns to the Milwaukee stage next month as Alchemist Theatre launches the premiere of Ripper!-a new play written and directed by Jackie Benka. Benka's Roaring Gemini Productions is co-producing the show.
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Theater Review

Soulstice Theatre takes the gritty, sexy musical Chicago into a strange dimension of Victoria's Secret lingerie-lots of it. Ambitious director/choreographer Michael Endter floods the old school gymnasium with black lace, long legs, bare chests and plumped cleavages. He's done an amazing job keeping the action moving, drilling intricate Fosse-like moves into his cast of variably-skilled but uniformly game performers. Lighting designer David Carter has miraculously transformed the gym into a glitzy nightclub.
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Theater Review

What could be more perfect than staging Moliere's comedy The Misanthrope during an election year? The Boulevard Theatre hits the target with a production that scores on almost every level. The play, written in 1666, tells the story of Alceste, who may be the most famous misanthrope of all time. From his opening lines until his final speech, Alceste shows his general dislike for humanity. He's unafraid to tell people exactly what he thinks of them. He only equivocates on the subject of love, "where reason doesn't rule." Alceste is a prime example of this, as he pines for a young coquette. More than a half-dozen other characters populate the play . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Broadway Theatre Center - 7:30 p.m.

Using an ambitious play-within-a-play format, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening comedy Well stars accomplished actress Angela Iannone as the play’s actual playwright, Lisa Kron. As Kron, Iannone tells a series of semi-autobiographical stories and even brings her mother on board to watch the . . .
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Broadway Theatre Center - 2 p.m.

Using an ambitious play-within-a-play format, in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening comedy Well, accomplished actress Angela Iannone takes on the role of playwright Lisa Kron and tells a series of semi-autobiographical stories. She brings her mother on board to watch the performance and make . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Theater Reviews

The Third Annual Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival found a cozy, new home this year as more than 20 groups made it to the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre over the course of three days. Busy festival-founder Matt Kemple slowed down enough to introduce almost every act to enthusiastic audiences that nearly packed the theater each evening. Groups from Chicago dominated the line-up with one coming from as far away as Kentucky, but this year there was at least one group from Milwaukee in each program. The festival opened Thursday with a high-energy evening featuring local group Track Jacket Revue performing a few sketchy
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Art Bar - 8 p.m.

To raise money for their national tour behind their latest production, Paint the Town, the Bay View troupe Insurgent Theatre is throwing an 8 p.m. fundraiser tonight at Art Bar, with the support of nearly two dozen bars and restaurants from around the city. They’ll be raffling off donated liquor and goodies . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

It was only a matter of time until Oprah attempted Broadway, and so in 2005 she produced an adaptation of Alice Walker’s violent, controversial novel, The Color Purple (or, perhaps more accurately, an adaptation of the 1985 film adaptation of the book, which starred Oprah herself). The musical is considerably lighter . . .

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