Next Act Theatre [edit]
255 S. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 278-0765
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This critically acclaimed professional theater company produces the best of off-Broadway and contemporary theater in an intimate and engaging setting. Performing fall through spring.
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.
Upcoming events

Nov. 21, 2019 - Dec. 15, 2019

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.

Jan. 30, 2020 - Feb. 23, 2020
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.

April 2, 2020 - April 26, 2020
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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Next Act's "The Revolutionists" does its best with a bad script

By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers - Oct. 01, 2019
Directed capably by Laura Gordon, Next Act's "The Revolutionists" is a pretty … Read more...
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Next Act's "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" is a family drama masterclass

By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers - April 08, 2019
After seeing Next Act Theatre's terrific production of the family drama "How to … Read more...
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Next Act's "Blood at the Root" digs deep into a true story of race in America

By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers - Feb. 05, 2019
In this divided era of taking sides, I would encourage audiences to see Next Act … Read more...
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Next Act's "12 Dates of Christmas" is a small but sweet taste of holiday spirit

By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers - Nov. 19, 2018
This small but mighty show chronicles one year in the life of a heartbroken … Read more...
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Next Act's "Outside Mullingar" a modest charmer from the Emerald Isle

By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers - Oct. 03, 2018
As the home to Irish Fest, the largest celebration Celtic arts and culture in … Read more...