This thoughtful, multi-layered production directed by Keira Fromm will completely supplant any melodramatic interpretations of the required reading text you may have suffered through in a high school English class.
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Oliver Goldsmith's 18th century comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unlikely pairs receives a boisterous, playful production outdoors at American Players Theatre.
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."
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.
What would happen if George Bernard Shaw borrowed liberally from Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and attempted to re-write the story "in the Russian manner, on English themes?" See "Heartbreak House" at American Players Theatre.
For those of you in the Brew City who are in need of some seasonal entertainment but Summerfest just isn't your thing, the answer can be found in Spring Green, where you can catch a sterling performance of George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer."
Audiences of Shakespeare's plays are frequently surprised to discover how relevant the stories feel and how timeless the conflicts are - a feeling that echoed in another (much more recent) period piece, APT's production of "Born Yesterday."
"As You Like It" is APT's token Shakespearean comedy this season, a fun and funny play that is a wonderful "gateway" show to other works of the Bard - or other productions at the theater in Spring Green.
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.
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.
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.
A summerly discontent is what I was left with after seeing "The African Company Presents Richard III," the Carlyle Brown play about the first black theater company formed six years before New York abolished slavery.
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.
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.
Just one day after the nation was rocked to its foundation by the Supreme Court decision to honor love in all its forms the story of another love that blossomed as the world was changing came to our attention. It's the APT production of "Pride and Prejudice."