255 S. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 278-5930 Fax
Next Act Theatre is celebrating more than 20 years of intimate and powerful theatre. A strong, vibrant and financially stable company, Next Act produces a four production season of contemporary drama.
Shows are performed at 255 S. Water St.
THE REVOLUTIONISTS by Lauren Gunderson
Four beautiful, badass women struggle to keep their heads in this irreverent, female-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. A playwright, an assassin, a Haitian rebel, and former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette hang out, murder Marat, and try to counter the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. Packed with the zany ebullience that Gunderson writes so well, this grand comic adventure is about art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how women will actually go about changing the world. Tickets $34-44.
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR by Neil Simon
Wide-eyed Lucas Brickman is a fledgling comedy writer working with some of the funniest – and craziest – writers in 1950s television. While his colleagues try to top each other's gags, head madman Max Prince contends with the NBC brass who are threatening to pull their groundbreaking show off the air. This hit Broadway comedy is an homage to Neil Simon's early days writing jokes for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, alongside future legends including Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Tickets $34-44.
A SMALL FIRE by Adam Bock
John and Emily Bridges' happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. At the height of her powers as a construction company CEO, her senses are slowly stripped away – smell, then taste, then sight. Emily is determined to remain engaged with her company and community, and enjoy her daughter's wedding. But a crisis point comes when her hearing falters, leaving only touch to navigate a greatly diminished world. Suddenly, she is utterly dependent on her husband whose loyal devotion she has always taken for granted. Tickets $34-44.
9 CIRCLES by Bill Cain
Honorably discharged but later accused of a war crime in Iraq, American soldier Daniel Reeves must navigate an onslaught of commanding officers, public defenders, lawyers, preachers and psychiatrists who seek answers, excuses or culpability. Based on actual events, Bill Cain's psychological thriller is by turns shocking, mesmerizing and bitingly funny. Ultimately, it is the soldier who must discover his own path to truth, where he finds duty, war and justice are on a collision course with the indomitable, yet vulnerable, human spirit. Tickets $34-44.
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