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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:16:02 CDT


First Stage's "Luvabye Dragon" offers the perfect introduction to live theater

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:03:00 CDT

In case anyone wonders about the ability of live theater to create an almost mystical connection with an audience, I invite you to "Luvabye Dragon," an hour-long production that's part of the First Steps program at First Stage.

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Genesis competition at MKE Ballet brings young stars to The Pabst Theater

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The national and international reputation that Michael Pink has built with the Milwaukee Ballet gets yet another punch when the biennial Genesis International Choreographic Competition comes to The Pabst Theatre. It starts Feb. 18.

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Heartbreak and hope fill a painful void in Renaissance's "Luna Gale"

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:03:00 CDT

There may be nothing so painful and heartbreaking as watching the soul of a woman tortured by demons that she can't or won't face. That's what you get in the biting and powerful production of "Luna Gale" that opened at Renaissance Theaterworks over the weekend.

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Complexities of hate and humanity lie at the heart of The Rep's "Disgraced"

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

"Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar opened at The Rep Friday night to a rapt audience enthralled by one of the most powerful plays of this or any other season. It's a play designed to engender deep, and perhaps troubling, thought, and it succeeds with punch.

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Vote for Pfister's new Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Night and beyond

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:22:00 CDT

Starting tonight, the public will be able to vote for the six finalists in the 2017-18 Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence program.

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A "Taming of the Shrew" unlike any you have ever seen before

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:00 CDT

Most of the actors had only a nodding acquaintance with the unique sound of Shakespeare's language, sight gags ranged from risque bumping and grinding to pratfalls, and the entire scenery budget was $65 but this production of "The Taming of the Shrew" was plenty funny,

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Trump and "Disgraced" open on the same day

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It could hardly be more appropriate to our times that The Milwaukee Rep unveils a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Muslims in America the very week that we are getting a new president who has made Muslims a target of his vitriolic political campaign.

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Cartoonist Sanders brings his biting commentary back to Milwaukee

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:03:00 CDT

What comes around goes around and that's perhaps even more true in Smallwaukee. I was reminded of this when veteran editorial cartoonist Bill Sanders re-appeared on the scene, contributing his biting work to OnMilwaukee. Sanders' art is on view this week during Gallery Night.

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A real "Snowpocalypse" is coming to Milwaukee

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:36:00 CDT

It may be getting chilly outside, but the buzz about Snowpocalypse 2017 hitting Downtown Milwaukee is starting to heat up. The storm of celebration is said to last four days - complete with chilly temperatures. Find out where and when!

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"Welcome to Bronzeville" gets a half-baked treatment at First Stage

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

"Welcome to Bronzeville" is a world premiere at First Stage about the vibrant and exciting neighborhood that existed in Milwaukee. The play can't capture that vibrancy and delivers a performance that is without any excitement.

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Couple's promise to MAM: 500 French posters and a new assistant curator

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:45:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Art Museum has announced that by Milwaukeeans Susee and James Wiechmann have promised a gift to the museum of more than 500 posters by French graphic artist Jules Chéret, boosting the MAM's already extensive collection of works on paper.

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Should small theater companies get financial help to avoid constant struggle?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It's clear that the Milwaukee theater community faces challenges of young artists leaving town in order to find work. How to keep them here is a question that deserves attention and consideration of a variety of ideas that could step that tide.

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The Pfister Hotel announces Artist-in-Residence finalists

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:45:00 CDT

The Pfister Hotel has announced the six finalists for its 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence program.

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"The Sound of Music" moves into a new world with Marcus production

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:56:00 CDT

"Sexual chemistry" is not a phrase normally associated with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," but the production at the Marcus Center creates a fully realized Maria, a woman perplexed by her feelings of love.

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Soulstice Theatre closing would eliminate opportunities for young actors

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

There has been no formal announcement yet, but it appears as if another theater company that provides work for young actors and directors in Milwaukee, is about to fold its tent. Soulstice Theatre looks like it's shutting down after 15 years.

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Funding increases headline wish list for performing arts companies in 2017

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

The new year is a time for thanks for the past and a time for hopes and wishes for the brand new time in our life and nowhere is it more profound than in the world of the performing arts. The new year is also a time for wishes for a number of different arts groups.

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The top 20 plays of the 2016 Milwaukee theater season

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Trying to pick the top 20 plays of the year in Milwaukee is kind of like trying to choose which of your triplets you love the most. But here are 20 shows that were special to Dave Begel and prove what a rich theatrical tapestry Milwaukee has.

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Richardson sees art as "powerful way to bring people together"

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:56:00 CDT

Tia Richardson calls herself an "integrative community artist," working on visual arts projects with young people and adults in the city and serving as an artist-in-residence for schools, nonprofits and more, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Off the Wall's "The Last Holiday Punch" is another marvel for Gutzman

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:03:00 CDT

The annual extravaganza "Holiday Punch," staged for 40 years by Dale Gutzman, once again confirms that he is the ultimate showman and impresario in all of Milwaukee. If you see one holiday show this season this is the one to see. It couldn't be funnier.

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Extraordinary, inclusive paintings displayed at Downtown church

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:04:00 CDT

Andrea Bowes is not Eastern Orthodox, but she fell in love with a style of art that's usually practiced solely by members of the religion. As a talented artist and deeply spiritual person, she was taught the process by a master and her work is now on display at St. John the Evangelist.

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Chris Rock will perform at the Milwaukee Theatre in March

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:26:00 CDT

This morning, the Milwaukee Theatre announced comedy icon Chris Rock will bring his "Total Blackout Tour 2017" to town on Monday, March 13. The tour marks Rock's first in nine years.

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Meet the leading artists who are powers at Pink's Milwaukee Ballet company

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:03:00 CDT

At the Milwaukee Ballet, the path to becoming a leading artist can take a number of years. Artistic Director Michael Pink decides a dancer is worthy of the promotion and designation and eight dancers have that honor in his company.

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MSO aims to acquire Warner Grand Theatre for dedicated performance center

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:06:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra today confirmed that an anonymous patron donor is leading an initiative to explore the possibility of acquiring the former Warner Grand Theatre building on West Wisconsin Avenue to serve as the MSO's dedicated performance center.

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Celtic Woman brings soaring holiday music to the Riverside

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:03:00 CDT

All we need to complete the pre-Christmas stroll is some great Christmas songs sung to a sweeping orchestral arrangement by outstanding singers. Well, worry no more, as Celtic Woman is on the doorstep, performing Wednesday night at the Riverside.

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"The Nutcracker" rings the bells with kids, music and a great dance company

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Everybody knows that "The Nutcracker" is a virtual thrill-a-minute for children as the music, costumes, magical set and dancing keep the little ones on the edge of their seats. But this production proves, too, why it's also great for adults.

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ICC membership votes to sell 1.8-acre parcel to Milwaukee Ballet

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:55:00 CDT

On Thursday night, 86 percent of the membership in attendance at the Italian Community Center voted to sell a 1.8-acre parcel of the center's parking lots in the Third Ward, adjacent to Summerfest, to the Milwaukee Ballet for $2.4 million.

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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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