Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:16:02 CDT
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:03:00 CDTIn 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.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:03:00 CDTThere 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.
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.
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:22:00 CDTStarting tonight, the public will be able to vote for the six finalists in the 2017-18 Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence program.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:00 CDTMost 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,
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDTIt 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.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:03:00 CDTWhat 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.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:36:00 CDTIt 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!
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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:45:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDTIt'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.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:45:00 CDTThe Pfister Hotel has announced the six finalists for its 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence program.
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.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDTThere 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.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDTTrying 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.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:56:00 CDTTia 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.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:03:00 CDTThe 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.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:04:00 CDTAndrea 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:26:00 CDTThis 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:03:00 CDTAt 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.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:06:00 CDTThe 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.
Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:03:00 CDTAll 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.
Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDTEverybody 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.
Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:55:00 CDTOn 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.
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.