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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:16:01 CDT


Of snowflakes and 60 lit windows plus some of the nuttiest of Christmas lyrics

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Massive efforts and cooperation were required to bring the brand new version of "A Christmas Carol" to The Pabst Theater by The Rep. The building of the set and the technological challenges were overcome with coordination of all the big jobs.

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In Tandem starts another riot with "Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams"

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:25:00 CDT

The special time of Christmas is perfect for "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker" and glorious light displays in the park and music in the malls and families gathered around the fireplace. And then there is In Tandem.

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Brand new "A Christmas Carol" is an exciting adventure for Clements, Rep

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

A brand spanking new production of "A Christmas Carol" floated into the Pabst Theater on the wings of a cast of hundreds, an actual snowfall and a Ghost of Christmas Past who melts into the floor right before our very eyes. It's a stunning production.

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"Black Nativity" creates a joyful holiday noise at the Marcus Center

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:03:00 CDT

The church doors are open and all are welcome, but be prepared to hold onto your hat, tap your foot, bob your head and even find yourself singing along with the choir. It's the second year of "Black Nativity," being mounted by Black Arts MKE and the Marcus Center.

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The Rep's "Christmas Carol" prepares a new spin on a holiday tradition

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:06:00 CDT

While scenic designer Todd Edward Ivins' knowledge of the Milwaukee Rep's "A Christmas Carol" was mostly a blank slate, he was more than aware of the daunting legacy before him when he began work helping to reimagine the holiday classic.

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Urban spelunking: MAM library in the Judge Jason Downer Mansion

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the beautiful Victorian Gothic Judge Jason Downer Mansion, 1201 N. Prospect Ave., is now something of a temple to art history, serving as the headquarters of the Milwaukee Art Museum's library. We go inside for a peek.

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"Hamilton" speech to Pence sparks intense discussion among local artists

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:56:00 CDT

A couple of weeks ago the vice-president elect, Mike Pence, attended a performance of the hit show "Hamilton" on Broadway. After the performance, one of the actors delivered a short lecture to Pence. That sparked a discussion among Milwaukee artists.

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First Stage's "Rudolph: The Musical" offers a magical sleigh ride

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDT

Nobody does family theater better than First Stage, and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" is a perfect example. Running at the Marcus Center, the production is full of the wonder that keeps families riveted to the stage.

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Mothers of Our Nations art exhibit recognizes women-led organizations

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:06:00 CDT

Jasmine Barmore is one of 16 female visual artists and poets of the From Here to Her artist collective who spent the last year creating art to honor women-led groups in Milwaukee and Madison, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Honor and dishonor sneak into the picture in Chamber's "Lobby Hero"

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:36:00 CDT

One of the most interesting things about each of our lives is how we grow, shrink and change from one thing to another to another and another. It's on full display at a deep and moving production of "Lobby Hero" that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre over the weekend.

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Like the planet, Firer's "The Transit of Venus" rotates in a different direction

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDT

Holiday shopping this weekend for any literary lovers? Earlier this year, The Backwaters Press published Susan Firer's most recent collection of poetry called "The Transit of Venus."

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Belief in Santa's elves gets a workout at Marcus Center's "Elf"

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:03:00 CDT

The answer to a flying sleigh, and other Christmas mysteries, lies in "Elf," the musical running at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. And when you get down to it, the whole thing is really pretty simple as we find out from an elf named Buddy.

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Chamber's "Lobby Hero" shines a local spotlight on writer Lonergan

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:56:00 CDT

Kenneth Lonergan's movie "Manchester By the Sea" has been a part of Oscar talk ever since January, but before it hits town, audiences can get a taste of his work with the Chamber's "Lobby Hero." We learned more about the show and why Lonergan's material works so well.

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MKE Ballet and The Rep prepare for revered holiday classics

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:16:00 CDT

As November has finally pushed our long summer out of the way and the Downtown Christmas Parade has marched down Wisconsin Avenue, it is time to turn our attention to two of the most beloved artistic holiday traditions in the city.

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Skylight's "La Cage" puts holiday focus on family and drag queen showgirls

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:03:00 CDT

Nobody would ever call "La Cage Aux Folles" a holiday show, but as staged by Skylight Music Theater with a couple of magical stars, it's a warm-hearted and very funny tale of what it means to be in a family - both the benefits and the responsibilities.

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Next Act's "unSilent Night" is a tempting and heartwarming holiday treat

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Sometimes a hokey, predictable and heartwarming story is just what the doctor ordered for a spirit worn out by conflict and controversy - and that's just what you get with "unSilent Night," the locally written play running at Next Act Theatre.

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Rep's "The Foreigner" is a Milwaukee institution that resonates clearly today

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Other cities have plays and playwrights they call their own, and if Milwaukee has one, it could well be "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue. The play had its world premiere 33 years ago at The Rep and is being staged again for the first time since 2003.

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Meet the Pfister's writer; apply to be the hotel's artist

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:08:00 CDT

Dominic Inouye chats here about his life as The Pfister Hotel's Narrator: what he's learned so far, what he's doing and where he's going with the opportunity. The Pfister is also in search of its next Artist in Residence to move into the studio April 1, 2017.

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Historic 1927 Riverside Theater chairs up for auction

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:01:00 CDT

This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that a limited number of original 1927 theater chairs have gone up for auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Center (MADACC).

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Behind the costumes and the characters of Skylight's "La Cage Aux Folles"

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:06:00 CDT

Designer and "Project Runway" fan favorite Chris March has returned to the Skylight Music Theatre to create more eye-catching costumes (can you say feathers?) for its "La Cage Aux Folles." But crafting the characters is just as important as the costumes.

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Actor McLellan bides her time to create more magic on Milwaukee stages

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

One of the greatest joys of being a theater critic is the memory bank that finds spots for moments that are chiseled in stone. Marti Gobel in "No Child" is one of my moments. And Mary C. McLellan in "The Nightmare Room" is one of my moments.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short promise "An Evening You Will Forget" at Riverside

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:16:00 CDT

This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will join forces for "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," a night of music and merriment, on Sunday, Oct. 8.

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"Elf: The Musical" star chats about slipping into Will Ferrell's shoes

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:06:00 CDT

While it may not be Christmas quite yet, it's always a good time for "Elf," the rosy-cheeked 2003 film - and now a musical, coming to the Marcus Center. Before it hits the stage, we chatted with the show's star about filling Will Ferrell's shoes.

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Theatre Red partnership with WLC produces a road map for success

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

For small, young theater companies, the struggle of getting a production up and running is almost immeasurable. It's a daunting task - and not for the faint of heart. Theatre Red's collaboration with WLC, however, is a road map on how to make it easier.

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Irving Berlin touches the American soul in Rep's spectacular "I Love a Piano"

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:56:00 CDT

Irving Berlin captured the soul of America with his music and the Stackner Cabaret opened a show Sunday night that pays tribute to his over 1,500 songs and his miraculous touch for capturing moments in the history of America. It's a spellbinding show.

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Theatre Red lights up the stage with female pirate tale "Bonny Anne Bonny"

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Having just killed her traitorous husband, Anne Bonny stands over his body, staring at what she has wrought."If you had fought like a man," she snarls, "you wouldn't have died like a dog." That's the essence of "Bonny Anne Bonny," staged by Theatre Red.

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Sexual power battles captivate in Off the Wall's "Venus in Fur"

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDT

David Ives' play "Venus in Fur," which opened at Off the Wall Theater Thursday night and runs through Nov. 13, is about sexual power politics and a special desire, if not under the elms, then at least under the klieg lights.

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Streets of Old Milwaukee plans holiday-themed events

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:06:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is creating yuletide magic and transforming the Streets of Old Milwaukee into a winter wonderland with a trio of holiday-themed events coming this season.

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Milwaukee Zine Fest starts fresh chapter

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:03:00 CDT

After seven years of hosting the media festival at the Falcon Bowl in Riverwest, the one-day Milwaukee Zine Fest will move to the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Ghost Train hits the tracks in Shorewood

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:13:00 CDT

The Ghost Train, a new public art project - or, to use the creator's language, an "artistic sensory experience" - made its debut last night at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge and Capitol Drive in the Village of Shorewood.

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Critic's wish list includes a tribute to the greatest American plays

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDT

When you are a theater critic, there is always this little part of you that harbors a kind of wish list of things that you'd love to see done by the companies you write about on a regular basis. Here's part of this theater critic's list.

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Pabst welcomes dancing Australian strippers

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:03:00 CDT

Five years ago, Dylan Yeandle was a licensed plumber fixing toilets in Australia. Tuesday night, he will dance, tease and strip on stage with six other blokes when "Thunder Down Under" crashes onto the Pabst Theater stage.

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Victoria's quest echoes Hillary's in Milwaukee Opera's "Victory for Victoria"

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:36:00 CDT

In 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president, and she didn't get a vote. But her story is the tale told in "Victory for Victoria" at Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Though the production has good singing, the story is just too much.

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"The Book of Mormon" makes its dirty, funny and very sacrilegious return

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:16:00 CDT

It's vulgar. It's sacrilegious. It's borderline racist. It's biting satire. It's scatalogical. It's extremely puerile. One character's name is so obscene it can't even be printed in the program. It's massively politically incorrect. It's "Book of Mormon" - it's hilarious and it's back.

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A Santa's bag full of fascinating productions to fill Milwaukee stages

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:02:00 CDT

In the world of theater in Milwaukee, the holiday offerings typically start in early November and run through the new year. This year there is a Santa bag full of interesting productions scheduled for the holidays. There are some wonderful productions in store.

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Renaissance's "The Drowning Girls" tells an impeccable tale of dangerous love

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:56:00 CDT

Three women, all dressed in bridal gowns, each tell a tale of how that turn-of-the-century bathtub, filled with water, became a dastardly end for the brides shortly after their magical weddings. That's "The Drowning Girls" at Renaissance Theaterworks.

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Psychological horrors hit MAM's halls with "Haunted Screens"

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:56:00 CDT

If one really wants to venture into the depths of cinema's shadowy creeps and nightmarish creations this Halloween, your best bet wouldn't be a movie theater this year. It's be the Milwaukee Art Museum's new exhibit, "Haunted Screens," opening today.

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Opening act steals thunder from feature in Ballet's strong start to season

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:26:00 CDT

"Scheherazade" was the feature when Milwaukee Ballet opened its season Thursday night, but it was the opening act - "Angels in the Architecture" by Mark Godden - that stole the show, proving how exciting and thrilling this company can be.

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Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand-up set at the Riverside on March 10

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:02:00 CDT

This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up set to Milwaukee on Friday, March 10.

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Von Milwaukee exhibits work from the legendary, controversial Bob Watt

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:35:00 CDT

"The Last of the Bohemians," a new show at Grove Gallery in Walker's Point, will feature 10 of the late Bob Watt's paintings. Artist and writer Jimmy Von Milwaukee owns all of the paintings and curated the show.

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First annual "My Milwaukee" student art exhibition opens tonight

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:36:00 CDT

The Milwaukee County Historical Society will host "My Milwaukee," an art exhibition created by student artists around the Milwaukee area, beginning tonight at the Historical Center Museum, 910 N. Old World Third St.

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First Stage's formula for excellence and a "Book of Mormon" ticket lottery

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:07:00 CDT

Sometimes it can be difficult to fully understand how magnificent First Stage is in the theatrical firmament, not just in Milwaukee, but across the country as well. Take a look at "Goosebumps," which opened over the weekend, to see how they do it every time.

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Local artist Kpolly chats about his fascination with faces and butts

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:56:00 CDT

Fans of Milwaukee Film certainly know Kristopher Pollard, the organization's affable membership manager. But this weekend, they'll be able to get to know Kpolly, the artist, thanks to his upcoming "Slap Fights" gallery, opening Friday night at Hot Pop.

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First Stage's "Goosebumps" conjures a fabulously frightful night for families

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:16:00 CDT

It's not always the case that a play lives up to either its title or its billing, but First Stage, as you might expect, does just that with "Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium: The Musical," which opened over the weekend.

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MAM chief curator takes director position at Florida museum

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Art Museum announced today that its chief curator, Brady Roberts, is leaving to become the executive director/CEO of the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Vero Beach, Florida. His last day at the museum is Oct. 21.

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Contrasting one-acts on tap for season opener from Milwaukee Ballet

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Ballet opens its season Oct. 20 with two one-act programs that are as different as night and day. "Angels in the Architecture" is about the Shaker religion, while "Scheherazade" is filled with romance, intrigue and spectacular costumes.

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3 tips for visiting China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:01:00 CDT

The China Lights exhibit at Boerner Botanical Gardens has seen record crowds in its opening phase. Here are three tips to help you have a great experience this weekend when visiting.

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Hilarious tale of twisted Disney princesses enchants at Marcus Center

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:16:00 CDT

Disney princesses are revered in the world of storybook tales, films, books and theme parks. "Disenchanted," the musical review running at the Marcus Center, turns those princesses around with a musical of riotous humor about how ridiculous they can be.

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I made a mistake in a review of "Dracula vs. the Nazis" and I was called on it

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDT

I made a mistake and I'm sorry. In my review of "Dracula vs. the Nazis," which opened Friday night at In Tandem Theatre, I identified a couple that slept through much of the show. Naming the couple who invited them was out of bounds.

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"Jackass" star Steve-O chats about taking on the terrifying stunt of stand-up

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:06:00 CDT

Steve-O is bringing his one-man show of physical anarchy and personal anecdotes to Turner Hall. But before he hits the stage - possibly literally - we chatted with the "Jackass" star about meshing stunts with stand-up and the insane exploit that even he passed on.

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