Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:16:02 CDT
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:03:00 CDTTheater can make you feel a lot of things, most of them wondrous, but on rare occasion it can make me feel like a dummy.And that's what I felt like after seeing "Jane Eyre," the final show of the season at The Rep, which opened Friday night.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:03:00 CDTIt's impossible to stop thinking about the production of "Carnival" currently being staged at In Tandem Theatre, which I reviewed on opening night last week and is a fascinating example of what can happen when you stretch yourself and dream big dreams.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDTWho knows writers better than other writers, right? So, when some Wisconsin scribes - in this case Jim Higgins and Michael Schumacher - pen works about other scribes (and, in one case, about other Wisconsin scribes), we take notice.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:26:00 CDTA musical with this many showstoppers - not to mention Bob Fosse's signature style - can't help but be entertaining, but "Chicago" at the Marcus Center was more broad than biting, almost kitsch rather than crackle. It's fun, but no flim-flam flummox that'll fool and fracture `em.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:03:00 CDTStart with a girl, beautiful and rich. Then add in her uncle and guardian who wants to marry her so he can get the money and toss in a high-born stranger who also wants the girl's hand in marriage. What you have is Florentine's "Barber of Seville."
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:16:00 CDTOne of the most wonderful evenings at a theater is when the show starts on a high note and just keeps getting better and better until you get to an ending where your heart is lying on the floor and your eyes are clouded with tears. That's "Carnival."
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:03:00 CDT"The Fantasticks" is a simple little musical, the longest running in history, about a boy and a girl and being in love. The problem in the Off the Wall Theatre production is that the boy can't hold up his end of the deal, and the whole production suffers.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDTThere is nothing quite like the world of the carnies, who travel the country, state fair after state fair, luring spectators with claims of wonder and magic. And that world is coming to Milwaukee, believe it or not, in the tiny space at In Tandem Theatre.
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDTWhat does it take to make a man great and what role do expectations, his and others, have on that quest? It's the issue before the house in "Great Expectations," the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:01:00 CDTCelebrate Milwaukee Day with these totally Milwaukee images. They are shareable, fun and perfect for 414 Day or any day! On, Milwaukee.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:46:00 CDTThe preparation for the 2017 Footlights Performing Arts Awards has been underway for a year, with public nominations being submitted. The results are in, and well, there are some odd competitions.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:03:00 CDTPublished in 1973, "Saturday Night in Milwaukee" is about a steamy weekend among strangers who were lured into a Whitefish Bay mansion for a weekend of sex, murder and, of course, beer.
Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDTThe second act roars to life and makes "The Violet Hour" at Renaissance Theaterworks a must see this season. The bifurcation of this Richard Greenberg piece is stunning in contrast and makes the effort of sitting through the first act a worthwhile endeavor.
Sat, 8 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDTFor many of us, there is a moment in time, a moment when something could have happened, should have happened, but didn't and the regret drapes us like a shroud draped over our shoulders.That's the story in "Bloomsday," the Steven Dietz play underway at Next Act Theatre.
Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:03:00 CDTTwo worlds of ballet met Thursday night and the crash was resounding, as the Milwaukee Ballet staged a classic from yesterday and a glimpse into what the future of ballet will look like. The company staged "La Sylphide," and "Sans Pleurer," a work by Timothy O'Donnell.
Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:44:00 CDTThough the celebrations won't really kick in for another week or so, today is 30th anniversary of the incorporation as a nonprofit organization of the Walker's Point Center for the Arts and that definitely seems worthy of note.
Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:15:00 CDTMilwaukee Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is hosting its eighth annual Recycled Art Contest. You can see the entries at the Walker's Point ReStore during spring Gallery Night, April 21-22.
Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDTAfter five years of running a successful walking tour business called Gothic Milwaukee, Anna Lardinois created a self-guided Downtown walking tour.
Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDTTwo of the most inventive and provocative theater companies in Milwaukee - Renaissance Theaterworks and Next Act Theatre - have announced next season programs chock full of fascinating possibilities. Both theater companies have distinct missions.
Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:03:00 CDTDavit Hovhannisyan has created numerous memorable roles for Milwaukee Ballet. Now, he'll take on "La Sylphide," the oldest surviving ballet in performances that start this week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDTThe very popular appointment of veteran Ray Jivoff as the new artistic director at Skylight Music Theatre represents a 180-degree pivot for the venerable Milwaukee company. Jivoff has been filling the role on an interim basis since July.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CDTExecutive Director Jack R. Lemmon today announced that Ray Jivoff has been named Skylight Music Theatre's new artistic director. Jivoff has been serving as interim artistic director since 2016. He joined the Skylight staff as education director in 1999.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDTSo you've got this girl, a scullery maid, who magically goes to a ball and dances with a prince, and he falls in love with her. But when the clock strikes midnight, she runs away, losing her glass slipper and ... you know, right? Well, hold your horses.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:06:00 CDTWith a catalog of outstanding musicians and teachers - led by Artist-in-Residence Frank Almond - the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has brought music into the lives of thousands and thousands of children.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDT"Groucho" has a character actor who doesn't give the audience the very thing that made the revered comedian great - a sense of "I just thought of this" - and doesn't shed any light on the complexities of his life.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:06:00 CDTComedy can have a brutally short shelf life. The expiration date on the classic comedic stylings of the Marx Brothers, however, remains far off in the distance. And proving that has been Frank Ferrante's mission for more than three decades.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDTThere is a world for those on the autism spectrum, that sometimes intersects with the world that belongs to the rest of us. That private and perplexing world is being told in "Mockingbird," the First Stage production that is powerfully told.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 CDTFor more than two decades, Renaissance Theaterworks has produced some of the most memorable shows I've seen in Milwaukee. And the health of this group was made possible, in large part, by support from the United Performing Arts Fund.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:56:00 CDTIn a case of impressive timing, the same weekend the Emma Watson-led live action adaptation hits cinemas, the Skylight Music Theatre opens its rendition of "Beauty and the Beast," a new take on the tale as old as time - complete with a puppet.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDTIt's an old saying that applies in any number of situations: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should."That's the phrase tor the production of "Beauty and the Beast" that opened a limited run Friday night at Skylight Music Theatre.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDTKind of like the Marx Brothers, the tandem of Gilbert and Sullivan were pretty funny all by themselves and their opera, "The Mikado," has been one of their funniest for more than a century. But nothing can match the riot created by Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:03:00 CDTIt's Opera Week in Milwaukee, with three vastly different performances opening over the same weekend, ranging from the most traditional to an opera with a puppet as a star, to a production of a light opera with the oddest collection of instruments.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:06:00 CDTAn old Bucks fan favorite will grace Milwaukee yet again, as UPAF today announced that dunk-tastic former Buck Desmond Mason will serve as one of the three co-chairs for this year's UPAF Ride for the Arts.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDTIt was only a matter of time before someone wrote an honest play about the smartphone and texting. Leave it to First Stage and prolific playwright Eric Coble to come up with "TXT U L8R," which manages to walk right down the middle of the debate.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:03:00 CDTWhen you decide to stage one of the most iconic and widely produced American dramas there are traps awaiting around every corner. In The Rep's production of "The Glass Menagerie" that opened Friday night avoids traps and delivers an evening of exciting theater.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:02:00 CDTArt museums cultivate relationships with collectors, whose passions museums can help share with the larger community. Milwaukee Art Museum explores and celebrates those relationships in its new exhibition, "Milwaukee Collects," which opens today.
Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDTStart with a ukelele, some slide whistles, drums, two toy pianos and a washboard. Add in a bunch of other noisemakers, including what might be a toy accordion. Toss in some terrific singers and a couple of great comedians. This show opens next week at Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:26:00 CDTA mix of familiar classics ("Rent," "Les Miserables") and new favorites ("Waitress") comprises the Marcus Center's newly announced 2017-18 touring Broadway musical theatrical season.
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDTIf you are one of the hundreds of fans who couldn't get a ticket to see "McGuire," reach for your wallets because The Rep announced today that the show is coming back in June for a limited run in the Stackner Cabaret.
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDTThey couldn't be more different, but it's almost as if they have the same beating heart. Jennie Babisch is 16 and in high school. Anna Fitzsimmons is 14 and in eighth grade. But they are both actors, playing the same role in First Stage's "Robin Hood."
Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:56:00 CDTWhen Highland Community School - the school behind a Jim Jarmusch-inspired children's play and a David Lynch-influenced detective story - says its latest show is its most experimental yet, you better pay attention.
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:16:00 CDTI saw three plays over the weekend and when I was done I looked for the nearest bottle of Wild Turkey to give a little bit of drowning to the sorrows that came from them. Not that they were bad; in fact, they were outstanding. But the characters were miserable.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:36:00 CDTFans stuck whistling the earwormy tunes of "La La Land" will be able to hear them live, as the Riverside Theater announced today that it will bring the movie to the stage with the help of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for two shows.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:36:00 CDTStanley D. Hunter's brilliant "The Few" provides a resting - or restless - home for three hearts that have been dragged through the mud of life and hung out to dry in a constantly crackling wind. It's getting a great production at Chamber Theatre.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:16:00 CDTWith four bravura performances in four complex roles, In Tandem's "Time Stands Still" is a modern day retelling reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," watching two couples, their compromises and the way their lives gradually shred into nothing.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDTWar is hell. It was General William Tecumseh Sherman who said this famed phrase during the Civil War, and his words were never more eloquently or pointedly dramatized than in "Grounded," the George Brant play that opened at The Rep's Stiemke Studio.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:03:00 CDTThe Guerrilla Girls - a group of feminist activist artists - will join the MIAD Creativity Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at MIAD on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The show is free and open to the public.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT"The Few," a play by the intriguing Stanley D. Hunter, debuts at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre this week with a killer cast, including James Ridge and Mary MacDonald Kerr. Also, The Pabst Theater welcomes The Four Tops, part of rock and roll royalty.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:00 CDTIn case the refreshingly gorgeous weather this past weekend wasn't enough to get you eyeing the upcoming summer months, here's some more good news to put you in the mood: Today, NEWaukee announced the dates for its fourth annual Night Market.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:09:00 CDTA unique musical opportunity will take place this week in Milwaukee's newest jazz club, Gibraltar. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, La Tiranta will take the stage with singer Patrica Nunez, guitarist Ricardo Diaz and dancer Lily Sie for a Flamenco show.