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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

James DeVita’s Latest Adaptation Opens This Month With First Stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
German author Cornelia Funke isn’t nearly as well known internationally as more successful children’s authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. The author of the Inkheart trilogy is far better known in Europe than she is in the rest of the world. Far from being any kind of fantasy visionary, Funke has a love of storytelling not all that visible in the work of Meyer and a literate sense o...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Rep and First Stage open the Holiday Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee stage holidays begin tonight with a pair of big, iconic openings downtown.  Two shows opening about a block apart from each other is far from being the insane flurry of openings next week. The two shows opening this week are however noteworthy in that they’re both probably the biggest, best funded local theatrical Holiday shows this side of the Milwaukee Ballet’s annual Nutcrack...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The 4th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival closed yesterday. By all accounts, it was a successful fest . . . it continues to grow in prominence year after year . . . things change from year to year as well, which is always welcome. The last day of this year’s festival feature three full programs of Teen comedy. The all teen comedy day is kind of an interesting way to end the festival, as it displa...
01.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
SHORTENED RUN FOR THE NEXT THEATRE GIGANTE SHOW Isabelle and Mark at Theatre Gigante (formerly Milwaukee Dance Theatre) have just announced that their March show, an update on the 18th century social satire A Beggar’s Opera has been reduced from two weekends to one. What was originally scheduled to run March 5 – 21 at the Off-Broadway Theatre is now scheduled for only 3performances. P...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1 p.m. & 3:20 p.m.

First Stage's adaptation of Lois Lowry's Gossamer begins with a waif-like girl engaged in a battle of wills with her unyielding mentor, her unquenchable curiosity gently butting against her elder's limited reserve of patience. It's an appropriate beginning for a play that is essentially all about the battle of wills between the spirited...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Theater Reviews

In a sweet and simply told production of Sleeping Beauty, First Stage Children’s Theater offers a treat for the younger set. The script by Charles Way differs substantially from the Disney animated version, but it still tells the basic story of a sleeping princess who must be awakened by love’s first kiss. Consideration for younger children’s sensibilities takes center stage. The evil witch is not too scary; likewise, a large, hairy spider stays sufficiently upstage not to frighten the youngest audience members. Adults will appreciate the many themes that run through the play, including the benefits of a lifetime friendship and the prince’s growing faith in his own abilities.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008

Theater Preview

On Jan. 18, First Stage Children’s Theater opens its production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham— 1963.

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