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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine



Published: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:16:01 CDT

 



The Rep's "Black Pearl Sings!" stays in tune, thanks to its soulful songs

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:01:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Rep's "Black Pearl Sings!" has a disjointed and repetitive storyline, but the show and its tuneful performances hit harmonious highs when it comes to the show's main event: the soulful, spirit-rich music.


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Comedian Dennis Miller returns to the Riverside Theater on May 19

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:36:00 CDT

Are you ready for some ranting? A Saturday night party? Because comedian, TV and radio personality and author Dennis Miller will return to the Riverside Theater on Saturday, May 19.


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Get to Renaissance's riveting "Russian Transport" as fast as you can

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:31:00 CDT

Like the traditional matrroshka doll, there are many, many nuanced layers to Renaissance's riveting drama "Russian Transport," focusing on the compromises each person makes in pursuit of success and the American dream.


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First Stage's "Edward Tulane" is a tale stuffed with soul

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:16:00 CDT

Far from standard treacly kids fare, First Stage's "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is a soulful and courageous story about the power of giving and receiving love, even under the most difficult circumstances.


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The Rep's "Animal Farm" is bleak and brutal - exactly as it should be

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:56:00 CDT

"Animal Farm" is not subtle. Fittingly, the Milwaukee Rep's version of the classic George Orwell tale is stark, pointed and brutal - but it is also beautifully conceived and performed by a tight ensemble.


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Checking in with former theater critic and reporter Damien Jaques

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:03:00 CDT

Journal Sentinel / OnMilwaukee writer Damien Jaques retired five years ago, so we tracked him down to find out what he's been doing. Quite a bit, it turns out.


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"Hamilton" is officially coming to Milwaukee in 2019 ... or 2020

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:46:00 CDT

In mid-2017, Milwaukee musical enthusiasts learned "Hamilton" was coming; we just didn't know when. Today, the Marcus Center made another announcement with a tad more info.


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Criss Angel brings rare, raw illusion show to Riverside

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 19:02:00 CDT

Magician and illusionist Criss Angel performs 400 live shows a year in Las Vegas and so it's rare that his rigorous schedule allows him to break away for a tour. However, Angel is on the road for two weeks, taking "Criss Angel Raw - The Mindfreak Unplugged" to nine cities, including Milwaukee.


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Marcus Center's "Waitress" serves up an exceptional slice of sweet romance

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 18:56:00 CDT

"Sugar. Butter. Flour." Those are just a few of the key ingredients to the sweet touring production of the musical "Waitress," which opened at the Marcus Center Tuesday night.


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Follow the yellow brick road far away from the derivative "Wizard of Oz"

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:06:00 CDT

Will Oz fans be satisfied by the Miller High Life Theatre's production of "The Wizard of Oz"? Likely, but my advice would be to stay inside and watch the movie. After all, it's true what they say: There's no place like home.


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"The Wizard of Oz" heads over the rainbow and onto the stage this weekend

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:56:00 CDT

There's no place like home ... but the Miller High Life Theatre will come in a solid second place this weekend, as the classic story of Dorothy, Toto and some killer footwear moves from the big screen to the stage with a new rendition of "The Wizard of Oz."


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"It's a Wonderful Life: Live" puts a nostalgic spin on a holiday favorite

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:56:00 CDT

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre" takes on the personal journey of George Bailey, honoring what you love about the story while encouraging your imagination to take a starring role.


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The best of the 2017 Milwaukee theater season

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:56:00 CDT

As a devoted theater patron and unabashed fan of the medium, I'd like to recognize the following Milwaukee-area productions for providing extraordinary moments of artistry and storytelling over the past year.


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Eat, Play, Applaud: A nutty new tradition with AJ Bombers and "The Nutcracker"

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:01:00 CDT

Despite my intense love of the holiday season and all of the family customs that come with it, one Christmas tradition that never made it to our household? A live performance of "The Nutcracker." But first, peanuts at AJ Bombers.


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What happened to Richie's brother "Chuck" from "Happy Days?"

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Fans of the show "Happy Days" might remember the oldest brother, "Chuck," from the first season who went off to college and was never mentioned on the show again. We tracked down the actor, Gavan O'Herlihy, who played the part.


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In Tandem's "Scrooge in Rouge" puts a hilarious twist on a holiday tradition

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:16:00 CDT

In Tandem's "Scrooge in Rouge" really earns its laughs, thanks to fantastic performances by the entire cast - all three of them - and a script that puts a fun and funny spin on material that is certainly familiar to audiences this time of year.


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Greene's astonishing journals take us to Wisconsin at the dawn of the 1900s

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Even without the Milwaukee connections, "Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene 1906-1916," would be worthy of attention. Read on to find out why.


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Director's Notes: Karin Simonson Kopischke talks dressing icons, MKE vs. Chicago

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:29:00 CDT

Costumer designer Karin Simonson Kopischke makes a long-overdue return to the Milwaukee Rep with "Holmes and Watson." We chatted about finding joy in the work and the artistic communities of Milwaukee and Chicago. It's a small world.


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New space elevates local artist from depths of depression

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:59:00 CDT

Eight weeks ago, artist Clive Promhows was lying on his couch in his Walker's Point studio called Live Artists Studio thoroughly depressed and miserable and wondering where he was going and what he was doing. By this weekend, he was elated.


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MCT's "Miracle on South Division Street" is spirited but stale with stereotypes

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:46:00 CDT

It turns out the truth hidden in Chamber's "Miracle on South Division Street" is much more interesting than the fiction that has grown up around it - or the reactions of those affected by it.


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"School of Rock" is just as fun onstage as it is onscreen

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:01:00 CDT

Class is in session as Broadway's "School of Rock" makes the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts its temporary classroom. And trust me, the syllabus is something students of all ages will enjoy.


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Eat, Play Applaud: An tribute to dad at Merriment Social and "The Secret Mask"

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:00 CDT

There are few relationships in life as impactful as the relationship between a father and his children - and the combination of Merriment Social and Next Act's "The Secret Mask" pay perfect tribute to it.


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At the Skylight's "Annie," the timeless redhead shows no risk of going grey

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:56:00 CDT

There's something about that perky little redhead that audiences can't get enough of. And now "Annie" is onstage as Skylight Music Theatre's holiday offering, still serving up the heartwarming story of an 11-year-old girl made of pure moxy and optimism.


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Rep's new Sherlock Holmes story stumped by elementary exposition, dear Watson

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:01:00 CDT

In the Milwaukee Rep's "Holmes and Watson," one of literature's greatest sidekicks has a mystery to solve. Unfortunately the best direction, most gifted acting and exceptional scenery doesn't save it from being a terrible bore.


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Pfister Narrator reflects on the joy of the job

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:11:00 CDT

Earlier this year, Nicole Mattke was chosen as the 10th Pfister Narrator and almost halfway through the year she describes it as her "dream job."


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Meet Lexie Dorsett Sharp, the uptight principal in "School of Rock"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:03:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee chatted with Lexie Dorsett Sharp earlier this week about the show, Joan Cusack, the importance of music education and why she could never play the part of "Annie." The live musical comes to the Marcus Center next week.


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Two killer performances make The Rep's "Murder for Two" a bloody good time

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Something funny is afoot at the Stackner Cabaret. It's Milwaukee Rep's "Murder for Two," a farcical whodunit full of shady suspects, frenetic character shifts, multiple murder weapons, plot twists and death-defying piano playing.


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A fetching conversation with Matt Daniels, the man behind First Stage's Snoopy

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:16:00 CDT

It isn't often that someone gets to interview one of their idols - but recently, I was lucky enough to talk to the man (OK, fine, dog), the myth and the legend himself: Snoopy. Or at least the man who plays him in First Stage's "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


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Lewis Black on comedy, drinking and relaxing during year one of President Trump

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:56:00 CDT

Before he hits The Pabst Theater stage this weekend, we chatted with comedian Lewis Black about today's exhausting politics, Wisconsin's impressive obsession with alcohol and artery-clogging foods, and his insane way of staying sane through it all.


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Controversial mural gets vandalized

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:34:00 CDT

A mural in Black Cat Alley on Milwaukee's East Side was vandalized last night, according to Kristin Godfrey, executive director of the East Side Business Business Improvement District.


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MAM's "Degas to Picasso" show captures the wild spirit of French modernism

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:36:00 CDT

How in 2017 can an art museum make a show about 19th and early 20th century French painters interesting? Milwaukee Art Museum does it in "Degas to Picasso" by tracing the evolution of painting during an era when almost no artist seemed content with respecting the staid rules.


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New diversity mural painted on Var Gallery in Walker's Point

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 16:04:00 CDT

Yet another mural adorns a Walker's Point building, this time it's a large, colorful mural celebrating diversity on the north exterior wall of Var Gallery and Studios, 643 S 2nd St.


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4 reasons you need to be at the Milwaukee Ballet's "La Boheme"

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:16:00 CDT

"La Boheme" is a classic opera tale - but by no means dusty, thanks to artistic director Michael Pink and his team of terrific dancers. Need proof? Here's four reasons why you need to live la vie Boheme with the Milwaukee Ballet this weekend.


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Urban Spelunking: Patrick Cudahy Building and Arts @ Large's new home

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

There are few things more satisfying to me than seeing a beautiful old - and vacant - building get an overhaul and a new life with a new owner. When that new owner is a Milwaukee nonprofit that works every day to improve the lives of MPS students? Double bonus. Welcome to Arts @ Large's new home.


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Like its characters, Renaissance's "Sex with Strangers" fails to connect

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:56:00 CDT

The distance between an online profile and the person standing in front of you is explored and exploded in Laura Eason's play, "Sex with Strangers," which opened Renaissance Theaterworks's 25th season last night.


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6 questions for Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Before his set of shows at Turner Hall Ballroom next month, we chatted with the up-and-coming comedian about the origins of the Manitowoc Minute and how he's handling Aaron Rodgers' heartbreaking broken collarbone.


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Hey, look: Matt Cook wrote another book!

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:30:00 CDT

Unlike the headline of this story, Matt Cook's latest book of poetry, "Irksome Particulars," does not include a single rhyme. Phew.


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New Bucks arena books Jim Gaffigan as its first comedy show

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

Today, the new Downtown arena began filling out its inaugural schedule by announcing one of its first non-sports acts: comedian Jim Gaffigan, who will perform the building's first comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 22 next year.


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Eat, Play, Applaud: A journey to Japan with Kanpai and "The Hot Mikado"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:06:00 CDT

Welcome to Eat, Play Applaud, a new OnMilwaukee series where we serve up a perfect pairing of dinner and a show - tied together by a common thread. For out first, we journey to Japan with a perfect blend of sushi, saki and an extravagant show.


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First Stage's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is an imaginative delight for all ages

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:01:00 CDT

Caitlin Elftman had the privilege of indulging in another trip to a more innocent state of mind this past Sunday afternoon during First Stage's outstanding production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which runs through Nov. 5.


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"All the Great Books (Abridged)" litters In Tandem stage with laughs, literature

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:16:00 CDT

Anyone who has ever crammed for an English lit exam knows that if you've waited until the night before the test, there's no possible way you're going to finish some of literature's most epic novels. Enter In Tandem's "All the Great Books (Abridged)."


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New MPM exhibit looks at the complicated history of weaponry

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:17:00 CDT

Via nearly 200 objects - most from the museums own collections - Milwaukee Public Museum's new exhibition, "Weapons: Beyond the Blade," explores the history, meanings and innovation of weapons across human history. The show runs through Jan. 1, 2018.


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Stellar stars help Next Act's "Silent Sky" soar to success

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:01:00 CDT

Thanks to the stellar cast and the deep emotional connections between its characters, "Silent Sky" celebrates Henri Leavitt's life and accomplishments, which, like a supernova, burned very brightly for a short time and left an indelible legacy.


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"The Hot Mikado" opens the Skylight season with a mix of old and new

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:16:00 CDT

It's a year of both new and old for the Skylight Music Theatre - so what better way to open a season of both change and familiarity than "The Hot Mikado," the raucous update of Gilbert and Sullivan's century-old opera which opened last weekend.


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Director's Notes: Two MKE acting vets talk getting intimate onstage

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:06:00 CDT

This fall, local actresses Marcella Kearns and Marti Gobel tackle some of the most difficult roles of their eclectic careers onstage. We discussed how these plays resonate with 2017 audiences, building intimacy onstage and the importance of hygiene.


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"Rent" delivers a good night of theater but falls short of glory

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

In a volatile time like ours, watching this "year in the life of friends" can still teach profound lessons that stay with us long after we leave the theater - even if, like the Marcus Center's current run, it comes up short.


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The Rep's "The Who and The What" is a comedy about complicated questions

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Underneath the comedy, Ayad Akhtar's "The Who and the What" at the Milwaukee Rep explores deeply painful riffs between loved ones and lovers, as well as provocative questions about the modern Muslim experience.


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A joyful chat with Angel from "Rent"

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:55:00 CDT

"Rent" comes to the Marcus Center next week and Aaron Alcaraz, who plays "Angel," talks music, love, joy and compassion.


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The Rep's "Guys and Dolls" can't stand the test of time without chemistry

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:16:00 CDT

There is some fun to be had in the Broadway fairy tale "Guys and Dolls," featuring colorful characters that inhabit a clean and quaint, mid-century New York City with a vocabulary all their own, but the chemistry can't save its outdated story.


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Chamber's "Frankie and Johnny" finds sensitive souls under the sheets

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:06:00 CDT

The sex may grab all the attention. But instead of focusing on how the two get into each other's pants, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's "Frankie and Johnny" focuses on how the two try to get into each other's shattered lives.


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