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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

Theater Review

Duet for One, which opened last weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT), is based in part on the life of renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, whose successful career was cut short when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 28. She lived another 14 years, watching from a wheelchair as the career of her husband, pianist and conductor Daniel...
Theater
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
Ah, midlife: There’s the forgetting of the car keys, repeating one’s self, trips to the doctor, repeating one’s self, adult children back living at home, repeating one’s self… And then there’s Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, which pokes fun at the onset of middle age and all its accompanying challenges. Within an hour and 50 minutes of musical vignettes, Sunset Playhouse covers all the recognizable signs...
Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Theater Review

With all the productions of A Christmas Carol that take place every holiday season, what might happen if the Dickens classic got rewritten just in time for a surprise visit from a representative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)? That’s the premise for Sunset Playhouse’s production of Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, who based the idea on Gogol...
Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Those darn Herdman kids! They steal lunches, eat the firemen’s donuts and even put tadpoles in the drinking fountain. What’s a town to do, especially when the six siblings force their way into the annual Christmas pageant? First Stage Children’s Theater kicked off the holiday season with its seventh production...
Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
The harmonious foursome from Forever Plaid is back—from heaven, that is. And this time they’re given a chance to return to Earth to do the TV Christmas special they always wanted to do (despite being killed in a car wreck in the 1960s). Plaid Tidings is the Skylight Opera Theatre’s holiday offering, and it offers plenty...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

A decade of concerts and education

Even in the best of economic times, arts groups face many challenges, including walking that fine line between offering innovative programming and maintaining ticket sales. There’s also the constant challenge of keeping audiences happy in the hopes of them coming back, time and again. The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Inc. (CPAC) has been doing that...
Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Theater Review

Saturday proved to be an evening of charm and seduction as pop jazz singer Jane Monheit and her stellar trio won over the capacity crowd at the Wilson Center for the Arts. In the course of two sets spanning two hours (with a 25-minute intermission), Monheit demonstrated that her youthful age...
Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Theater Review

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has embarked on an innovative collaboration with UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Theatre by casting students and faculty members in its production of Picnic, which opened last weekend. William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy tells the story...

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