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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

UWM students stage a musical revue

 UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts’ theater program opens its first show this coming weekend. Last weekend, two students from the musical theater program presented a one-performance-only senior capstone project
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Alchemist’s Paranormal Experience

 Alchemist Theatre returns to interactive theater this October with Closing Night: A Wicked, Paranormal, Who-Dun-It Experience. Not actually traditional murder mystery dinner theater, the show unfolds in and around the Alchemist Theatre space as actors play actors and production personnel on the final night of a show
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Next Act performs ‘Perfect Mendacity’

 The idea itself is engrossing. The fact that it’s an idea that forms a premise for a play being brought to the stage by Next Act Theatre makes it irresistible. The company’s staging of Jason Wells’ Perfect Mendacity stars Mark Ulrich as Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor who is being investigated
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
 There can be purity and simplicity in a play about a woman, her husband and her lover. Given the opportunity to breathe on an intimate studio theater stage, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal has emotional gravity to draw in an audience. Soulstice Theatre stages this gravity quite well in its current production.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Chamber Theatre presents ‘The Detective’s Wife’

 At some point in the drama, protagonist Alice Conroy works out how many mystery books she had read over the course of her life. It’s a big number. She starts crunching the numbers and discovers how much of her waking life had been spent in fabricated mysteries rather than with her family. There may be irony here
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Three shorts on Red Dot’s patio

Playwright Fly Steffens’ work acted as a theatrical suture between summer and autumn this month. Her shorts program Love Is A Horse With A Broken Leg Trying To Stand While 45,000 People Watch asserted itself on the back patio of the East Side’s unassumingly stylish Red Dot restaurant
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

A comic riff on Hitchcock

 The Phantom Cicada Theatre Company delivers a solidly comic evening of outdoor theater at summer’s end as it presents The 39 Steps. Drew Brhel directs a cast of four playing a great many roles in a briskly paced send-up of the 1930s Alfred Hitchcock spy story. William Bolz manages the right amount of wry humor in the
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
 At some point in the mid-1970s, playwright Neil Simon wrote a script said to have been partly inspired by the life of a young Dustin Hoffman. The title of the script was Bogart Slept Here. It was set to become a major motion picture titled The Goodbye Girl starring Robert De Niro. After some complications, it was
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
The story of The 39 Steps goes back to 1915. Scottish John Buchan wrote the adventure while languishing in bed with an ulcer. The story was serialized in a British magazine. Twenty years later Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a film, considered one of his greatest early pictures. Seven decades later, a comic stage
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

Milwaukee Rep’s tribute to a great singer

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater opens its cabaret season with a crisp, classy tribute to a great American singer, the still-performing Tony Bennett. What the production lacks in the actual presence of Bennett it more than makes

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