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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Theater Reviews

You’re on Earth, there’s no cure for that,” bellows Michael Corkins, playing Hamm in Milwaukee Rep’s production of Endgame. His outburst marks one of many instances when his rich stentorian voice erupts into violent disdain for the futility and wretchedness of human existence. Despite the comic patter consistent throughout the play, this expression of despair for the irremediable suffering of mankind clings to the characters like the fog one imagines inhabits the world outside their decaying cocoon. Prolonged disease and decrepitude remain within; “Outside of here it’s death.”
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Theater Preview

Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives: Americans may hold different positions, but they still seem to be playing for the same team. Unfortunately, an increasing number of indicators in the environment and the global economy would lead some to believe that they’re on the losing team. This thought can be difficult to accept—unless you happen to be looking at things from the outside.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Theater Reviews

Milwaukee Shakespeare can sometimes be faulted for staging productions that display more polish than punch. Its production of Cymbeline demonstrates how effectively it can achieve both, creating an entertaining spectacle from one of Shakespeare’s silliest plays. Written after he’d penned his greatest tragedies, comedies and histories, Cymbeline appears to be an exercise by the playwright to see just how dexterously he could coax threads of each genre into the effusive bow signifying the end of the play.
Friday, March 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 8:00 PM

In typical Samuel Beckett fashion, very little happens in the one act play Endgame. Two characters, one who cannot stand up and another who cannot sit down, bicker back and forth in a small house, with no indication that there is any remaining life whatsoever outside. Is the play a character study or Beckett's interpretation of . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Theater Reviews

Usually, when describing a small theater space people tend to use generally agreeable words like “cozy” or “intimate.” These words don’t really work for Boulevard Theatre’s latest production. In staging Casey Kurtti’s Catholic School Girls, director Mark Bucher’s tiny storefront space on South Kinnickinnic Avenue can best be described as comically unsettling. The space at the Boulevard is only a tiny bit smaller than the average grade-school classroom. A line of four students’ desks sits onstage facing the audience right next to a teacher’s desk underneath a crucifix. When all the title characters are present and a nun enters the room, the atmosphere is unmistakable, even for those of us who went to public school.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 7:30 PM

The true story of a once forgotten blues record label from unassuming Grafton, Wis. is told in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Grafton City Blues, which the theater stages tonight at 7:30 p.m. Set in a modern-day Bronzeville attic, the play begins with the discovery of relics from Paramount Records, a . . .
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008

Today @ the Off-Broadway Theatre - 2:00 PM

These days, the Faith Healer is viewed as one of Brian Friel’s most revered creations, but when it debuted in 1979, it was an embarrassing flop that fizzled after just 20 performances. A Broadway revival with Ralph Fiennes in 2006 gave a significant boast to the play’s prestige. Through March 2 the Next Act Theatre is . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Theater

Three people play six characters in two acts occurring in one location. The delicate threads of human interaction unfold in a small space as Windfall Theatre presents its production of Three Days of Rain now through March 1. The Richard Greenberg drama has met with considerable acclaim since its California debut in the ’90s. The first act, set in 1995, features two sons and one daughter of a visionary pair of architects meeting to discuss the mysteries behind their parents’ inheritance.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Spiral Theatre - 7:30 PM

The Spiral Theatre debuts it sixth show, Butterflies are Free, tonight with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Set in an apartment in New York’s East Village, this 1969 Leonard Gershe romantic comedy tells the tale of a young, blind, aspiring musician (Ryan Dance) on the day he meets his 19-year-old divorced neighbor who is an aspiring . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Theater Preview

Kopper Bear’s production of Three Viewings, a comedy set around a funeral home, closes Feb. 17 at Sunset Playhouse. Less than a week later, Sunset Artistic Director Mark Salentine directs Ivan Menchell’s comedy The Cemetery Club. It’s the lighthearted story of three aging Jewish widows who meet each month to visit the graves of their late husbands. Doris (Frances Klumb) clings to the memory of her late husband, Lucille (Susan Loveridge) dates as many men as she can and Ida (Sally Marks) tries to find a balance between the two extremes. Previous productions of this episodic comedy have been compared to the style of a sitcom.

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