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The best of the 2018 Milwaukee theater scene

Published Dec. 26, 2018

It has been my sincere pleasure to see dozens of great theater productions in Milwaukee, Madison and Spring Green during 2018. But, of course, there are a few performers and productions that really stand out. Here is my idiosyncratic list of "bests."

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APT's "Measure for Measure" tells a strikingly modern twist on the Bard

Published Aug. 21, 2018

In her director's notes, Risa Brainin writes that the last time she directed "Measure for Measure," it felt painfully relevant. That was 11 years ago - and in her latest iteration, onstage at APT through Oct. 6, she draws the modern comparisons are even more sharply.

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The best of the 2017 Milwaukee theater season

Published Dec. 20, 2017

As a devoted theater patron and unabashed fan of the medium, I'd like to recognize the following Milwaukee-area productions for providing extraordinary moments of artistry and storytelling over the past year.

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The top 20 plays of the 2016 Milwaukee theater season

Published Dec. 20, 2016

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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DeVita scales new heights with first adult book, "A Winsome Murder"

Published June 28, 2016

It's easy for the normal person to wonder what mountains there are left to climb for James DeVita, who may well be the finest actor ever to grace the stages in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. A mystery, "A Winsome Murder," is his first novel for adult readers.

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19 best plays of the 2015-16 theater season

Published May 24, 2016

The Wisconsin theater season generally begins in early summer when The American Players Theatre opens in Spring Green, shortly after the previous Milwaukee season comes to an end in spring. The 2015-16 season is now over and it's time for Dave Begel's annual list of the best plays of the season.

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The 15 best plays of the 2014-15 theater season

Published Aug. 25, 2015

The 2015-16 theater season in Milwaukee is just underway and looking ahead there is promise of outstanding productions that will stimulate audiences to laugh, think and weep.It's an appropriate time to look back at the 2014-15 season that provided so much interesting theater. Milwaukee is fortunate to have so many theater companies, both old favorites and new and bold groups. We have a wealth of great theater that is abundant for a city our size.