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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Theater Review

Pain and suffering, when they transcend the vague forms of conjecture and materialize into a cold, hard fact, can shake the firmest of faiths. When Michael Chobanoff, who plays C. S. Lewis in Acacia Theatre’s production of Shadowlands, stands before the audience and declares self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation, even those unfamiliar with his life will have an inkling his complacency will be severely tested. And so it is.
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 2 and 7 p.m.

Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins’ 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 8 p.m.

Sorry fans of the ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the one-man show Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations on the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t particularly fresh . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Theater Reviews

It’s that “perfect period” in the mid-20th Century circa 1959: Eisenhower was president, Ed Sullivan was introducing a nice young man by the name of Elvis Presley to millions of viewers glued to the new medium of television, and kids, for the most part, still listened to their superiors—parents included (the ’60s are just around the corner). Perfect timing for 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski to question his catechism teachings—and life in general—at the hands, literally, of the militaristic Sister Clarissa.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 7:30 p.m.

Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins’ 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Theater Preview

When American composer William Finn was diagnosed with a brain tumor, his career was taking off. His musical Falsettos had met with success on Broadway. The tumor nearly killed him. However, when he returned from the hospital, he found that he could not sit down at the piano without writing a good song. The near-death experience had jarred a sense of life into him that carried through the keyboard.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Theater Review

Despite offering a critique of what he called the “claptrap morality” of Victorian society, Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn. The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English upper-crust to reveal sexual intrigue, suicide, deception, murder, medical malpractice and opium addiction teeming beneath the veneer of propriety—in short all the things which Collins longed to further illuminate—and presents them in the form of a highly entertaining and rather saucy play.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Theater Review

The UWM Department of Theatre closes its season with a production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic mid-century drama The Caucasian Chalk Circle. An ambitious project helmed by Raeleen McMillion, senior lecturer at UWM’s Theatre Department and Renaissance Theaterworks co-founder, this production of Brecht’s epic features a cast of over 50 actors in full costume inspired by the classical Chinese roots of the story.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 7:30 p.m.

A beautiful but deceptive villainess—murderess?—named Lydia Gwilt is at the center of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s on-going production of Armadale, Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the 19th-century Wilkie Collins novel of the same name. The Rep performs this complicated, sensational story of fraud, love affairs . . .
Friday, April 25, 2008

Tonight @ Bucketworks - 7:30 p.m.

You Should Be So Lucky, the latest presentation from the Spiral Theatre Company, puts a modern, screwball twist on the classic rags-to-riches Cinderella story. A kind millionaire leaves half his fortune to Christopher, a young electrologist he crossed paths with, but Christopher finds himself finds himself under attack . . .

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