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03.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As the performing arts season enters its final few months, summer-based theatre companies begin to announce their schedules for upcoming shows. The Marcus Center recently announced its upcoming 3-show Vogel Hall Series. Not fitting into a particular season, the series is a set of three shows promoted together which appear intermittently between next April and the following November. Here’s a qui...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, March 5, The Seventh Seal @ The Weasler Auditorium, 8:30 p.m. The two book-ending images in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 existential masterpiece The Seventh Seal, Death playing a game of chess and Death’s victims dancing, are two of the most parodied in film, satirized by everyone from Woody Allen to...
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

Theater Review

Prejudice is a difficult subject to tackle, but First Stage Children's Theater is no stranger to such thorny subjects. Based on a popular book by Karen Hesse, Witness deals with race in the 1920s, showing how a small Vermont town is affected by the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. First Stage's production runs through Feb. 22 at the Marcus Center. Hesse does a nice job of contrasting the specter of the Klan with the town's longtime reputation for friendliness and neighborliness...
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1 & 3:30 p.m.

In the mid-1920s, the Ku Klux Klan had reached the peak of its influence, with an estimated 4 million members nationwide. Karen Hesse's acclaimed children's novel, Witness, weaves a tale of fiction around the very real history of the Klan in the North during 1924. Exploring the nature of violence, racism and hope in simple free verse that compellingly delivers the horror and drama of early-20th-century racism. For its latest production, First Stage Children's Theater...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Today @ the Marcus Center - 10 a.m.

Some events are too historic and too important to view on a tiny streaming web feed alone on your work computer. That’s why the Marcus Center is opening up its doors for a free, massive inauguration viewing party today beginning at 10 a.m. On hand for the live inauguration broadcast are Mayor Tom Barrett and...
Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 8 p.m.

As part of a program billed as “Breaking Through to Joy,” the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with four vocal soloists, will perform Beethoven's Ninth, one of the composers most beloved compositions, followed by the Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B-Flat Major, K. 191 by W.A. Mozart (1756-91). This is a work Mozart composed when he was 18 years old for an instrument that had only recently been developed. The soloist for this work will be Theodore Soluri. Conducting tonight’s 8 p.m. performance at the Marcus Center...
01.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
New Year’s Eve was a bit odd. My wife and I ended up watching in some drunken improv at the Alchemist Theatre just hours before the first seconds of 2009. The scheduled super-hero-themed New Year's Eve didn't quite happened, as only one woman showed up in costume as Batgirl, I believe . . . there were a couple of guys in wigs as well, if I'm not mistaken. So it goes with the best laid plans of m...
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - noon & 4:30 p.m.

Since 1977, the Milwaukee Ballet has performed a full-length version of The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet about a young girl, Clara, who falls sleep holding a nutcracker doll she received as a Christmas gift, but when internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Michael Pink began his tenure as artistic director of the company in 2002, one of his priorities was to improve Milwaukee Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. Pink has accomplished this feat by making the ballet more challenging-technically and dramatically-not only for those creating the piece...
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Since 1977, the Milwaukee Ballet has performed a full-length version of The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet about a young girl, Clara, who falls sleep holding a nutcracker doll she received as a Christmas gift, but when internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Michael Pink began his tenure as artistic director of the company in 2002, one of his priorities was to improve Milwaukee Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. Pink has accomplished this feat...
Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 4 p.m.

Since 1977, the Milwaukee Ballet has performed a full-length version of The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet about a young girl, Clara, who falls sleep holding a nutcracker doll she received as a Christmas gift, but when internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Michael Pink began his tenure as artistic director of the company in 2002, one of his priorities was to improve Milwaukee Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. Pink has accomplished this feat by making the ballet more challenging-technically and dramatically-not only for those creating the piece, but also...

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