Published: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:16:01 CDT
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDTMassive 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.
Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:25:00 CDTThe 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.
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDTA 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.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:06:00 CDTWhile 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.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:02:00 CDTThanks 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:56:00 CDTA 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDTNobody 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.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:06:00 CDTJasmine 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.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:36:00 CDTOne 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.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDTHoliday 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."
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:56:00 CDTKenneth 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.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:16:00 CDTAs 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.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:03:00 CDTNobody 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.
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTSometimes 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.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTOther 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.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:08:00 CDTDominic 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.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:01:00 CDTThis 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).
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:06:00 CDTDesigner 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.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTOne 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.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:16:00 CDTThis 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.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:06:00 CDTWhile 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.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTFor 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.
Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:56:00 CDTIrving 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.
Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTHaving 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.
Fri, 4 Nov 2016 13:03:00 CDTDavid 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.
Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:06:00 CDTThe 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.
Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:03:00 CDTAfter 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.
Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:13:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:03:00 CDTWhen 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.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:03:00 CDTFive 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.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:36:00 CDTIn 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.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:16:00 CDTIt'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.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:02:00 CDTIn 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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:56:00 CDTThree 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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:56:00 CDTIf 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.
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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:02:00 CDTThis morning, the Riverside Theater announced that iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up set to Milwaukee on Friday, March 10.
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.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:36:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:07:00 CDTSometimes 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.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:56:00 CDTFans 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.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:16:00 CDTIt'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.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:00 CDTThe 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.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:01:00 CDTThe 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.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:16:00 CDTDisney 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.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDTI 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.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:06:00 CDTSteve-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.