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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Theater Review

Kind of like going to the wedding of your second cousin once removed (or is it twice-removed?), Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is good, dysfunctional family fun. It ran through April 20 at the Turner Hall Ball. The scenario goes something like this: You’re seated at a table with a bunch of people you don’t know but with whom you interact cordially, and before you know it the show begins. As wedding “guests,” the audience has a role to play, too.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Theater Review

For its latest production Spiral Theatre has moved to its third location so far this season. And while the performance space at Bucketworks’ new location has all the emotional warmth of a warehouse or an aircraft hangar, it has much better acoustics than their old performance space in the old Mandel building. Spiral Theatre brings an endearing degree of warmth to the new space with it’s production of the 1994 Charles Busch comedy You Should Be So Lucky.
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.
Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Broadway Theatre Center - 8:00 p.m.

A prospective couple, one a Jewish accountant, the other a Protestant Midwestern woman 12 years his junior, work out their complicated feelings for each other in Lanford Wilson’s romantic dramedy Talley’s Folly. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues their production of this one-act Pulitzer Prize winner tonight . . .
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Sunset Playhouse - 7:30 PM

As a general rule of thumb, productions of Tennessee Williams’ poignant classic A Streetcar Named Desire are worth seeing, and Sunset Playhouse’s production is no exception. It captures the frantic pitch of the battle between Blanche DuBois, a faded and delusional Southern belle, and her voracious brother . . .
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre - 7:30 PM

A prospective couple made up of a Jewish accountant and a Protestant Midwestern woman 12 years his junior work out their complicated feelings for each other in Lanford Wilson’s romantic dramedy Talley’s Folly. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens their production of this one-act Pulitzer Prize winner tonight with . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ 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 likable, but there’s a fun wedding reception, dancing, a baked ziti dinner, a champagne toast and . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Theater Review

The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the premiere of local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s Eureka!, a coming-of-age love story/buddy-comedy set in Milwaukee. Cesar Gamino and Jason Krukowski play Wayne and Clyde: a couple of guys in their late-20s sharing an apartment. Clyde’s a dreamer who wants to reform society. Wayne has a stable job and dates a dominant, conservative woman named Nancy (Rachael Lau). Clyde feels threatened by this until he finds his own love interest in the free-spirited Teri (Rachel Lewandowski).
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Theater Review

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire depicts the wanton dismantling of an elaborately woven ideal and the erection of a hard-boiled, pressing reality in its place. Blanche DuBois, a faded and delusional Southern belle, represents a dying gentility. Her voracious brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, represents the archetypal male—the obnoxious leader of a beer-swilling pack, the prize cock who woos, marries and impregnates Blanche’s sister, Stella. He secures his future through the fruit of his loins while ensuring that Blanche remains eternally incarcerated within her tragic illusions.
Sunday, April 13, 2008

Today @ the Boulevard Theatre - 2:30 PM

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. This might not be a challenge on par with playing Hamlet, but the cast brings great charisma and comic timing to the company’s . . .

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