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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:16:02 CDT


"Chicago" brings the razzle dazzle but lacks the sizzle

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:26:00 CDT

A 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.

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Florentine ready to display Rossini's "Barber of Seville" to close season

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:03:00 CDT

Start 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."

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In Tandem's "Carnival" delivers a huge and spectacular production

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:16:00 CDT

One 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."

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Off the Wall's "The Fantasticks" can't overcome a key weak performance

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.

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In Tandem prepares big tent, revival of classic French musical "Carnival"

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDT

There 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.

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Chamber's masterful "Great Expectations" exceeds every single one

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDT

What 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.

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Milwaukee images you've never seen before

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:01:00 CDT

Celebrate Milwaukee Day with these totally Milwaukee images. They are shareable, fun and perfect for 414 Day or any day! On, Milwaukee.

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Footlights theatrical awards make for some unfair competitions

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:46:00 CDT

The 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.

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Trashy sex novel set in Milwaukee worth a read

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:03:00 CDT

Published 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.

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"The Violet Hour" at Renaissance rides strong second act to redemption

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The 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.

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Failure to seize the moment leads to heartbreak in Next Act's "Bloomsday"

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDT

For 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.

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Milwaukee Ballet stages magic with one classic and one look into the future

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Two 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.

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Walker's Point Center for the Arts turns 30 today, celebration begins next week

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:44:00 CDT

Though 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.

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Check out ReStore's recycled art contest entries during April Gallery Night

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:15:00 CDT

Milwaukee 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.

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Gothic Milwaukee adds self-guided tour for visitors, staycationers and more

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDT

After five years of running a successful walking tour business called Gothic Milwaukee, Anna Lardinois created a self-guided Downtown walking tour.

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Renaissance and Next Act set inventive 2017-18 season schedules

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Two 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.

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Hovhannisyan flies like an eagle as the powerful star at Milwaukee Ballet

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Davit 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.

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Jivoff promotion signals an emphasis on fun and joy in Skylight productions

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The 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.

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Skylight Music Theatre names veteran Ray Jivoff new artistic director

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Executive 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.

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This is not your mother's "Cinderella"; it's a strong and capable young woman

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDT

So 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.

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UPAF's Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra changes lives instrumentally

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:06:00 CDT

With 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.

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The Rep's "Groucho" misses the great comedian's hallmark

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.

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Actor Frank Ferrante talks about the timelessness of Groucho Marx

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Comedy 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.

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Portrait of an autistic girl is a triumph for teenage actor and First Stage

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDT

There 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.

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UPAF support crucial to Renaissance's mission to increase work for women

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 CDT

For 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.

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A new twist on a tale as old as time: Behind Skylight's "Beauty and the Beast"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:56:00 CDT

In 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.

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Gigantic puppet beast creates havoc in Skylight's "Beauty and the Beast"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It'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.

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This is opera? With MOT's zany "Mikado" on stage, of course it is

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Kind 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.

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It's Opera Week with the opening of three different productions

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:03:00 CDT

It'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.

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Former Buck Desmond Mason leads UPAF Ride for the Arts honorary co-chair trio

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:06:00 CDT

An 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.

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"TXT U L8R" is a fun and mysterious romp through the world of smartphones

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It 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.

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An aggressive and unadorned production drives The Rep's "Glass Menagerie"

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When 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.

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New MAM exhibit brings private collectors' treasures into public eye

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Art 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.

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Noisemakers and voices create a unique "Mikado" at Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Start 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.

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"Rent," "School of Rock" and more highlight Marcus Center's 2017-18 season

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:26:00 CDT

A 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.

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The Rep meets incredible demand with summer run of "McGuire"

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDT

If 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.

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Two Elizabets and the future looks bright for Milwaukee theater

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

They 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."

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The most inventive theater in Milwaukee is happening at a grade school

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:56:00 CDT

When 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.

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Miserable people make for great plays on a fantastic Milwaukee theater weekend

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:16:00 CDT

I 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.

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Hear "La La Land" live at the Riverside with the MSO

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:36:00 CDT

Fans 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.

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Chamber Theatre gives "The Few" a solid, sensitive treatment

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:36:00 CDT

Stanley 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.

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In Tandem's "Time Stands Still" travels the tough road of relationships in flux

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:16:00 CDT

With 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.

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The Rep's "Grounded" soars with a tale of a pilot who loses her wings

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

War 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.

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Guerrilla Girls take over MIAD

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:03:00 CDT

The 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.

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Chamber Theatre and Pabst have fascination and rock royalty on tap

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.

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NEWaukee Night Market announces 2017 dates

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:00 CDT

In 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.

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Gibraltar Jazz Club hosts evening of flamenco

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:09:00 CDT

A 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.

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First Stage's brand new version of "Robin Hood" inspires a cascade of laughs

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Sometimes all you really need to do is laugh. Let me recommend the world premiere of "Robin Hood" currently underway at First Stage. Oh, there are messages in the show But what there is in abundance is good action and great laughs.

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2,000-year-old "Women of Troy" views war through the eyes of weeping women

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The men are off to war; the women are left to weep. It has always been thus - unless you happen to be among the "Women of Troy," the translation of the 2,000-year-old play getting a new life under Dale Gutzman's direction at Off the Wall Theatre.

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"Robin Hood" stage fighter cuts to the point of art form

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:03:00 CDT

While on the job, Joe Foust has been stabbed, cut and had his teeth knocked out. Who knew being an actor, playwright and fight choreographer was such dicey work? See his work in First Stage's upcoming performance of "Robin Hood."

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