When I was a young man in the U.S. Navy, stationed far from my home, I had to borrow $300 from my father in order to pay for an abortion. It's stayed with me since then and I now find myself thinking of it again as new abortion attacks are underway,.
The angle that most columnists take when it comes to their annual New Year's column is to write fanciful resolutions for a variety of celebrities. This year, however, I'm taking the whole thing seriously. My resolutions mean something - and I hope I can stick to them.
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.
I've been on a road to gluttony that has had a profound impact on my life. It's a road that will come to an end in a week when I bow to science and have bariatric surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. Let's hope it's life-changing.
There are a lot of people who use Uber to get to and from work. And talking to them reveals that there are people with a lot of interesting jobs and interesting stories in our city; examples of the breadth of life in Milwaukee.
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.
I have four grandkids, three of them boys, and I've always been fascinated by how different their little boy summers are from the little boy summers I had when I was a little boy. Not better or worse, but different.
Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled their version of a "school accountability" bill; Democrats released their own bill designed to increase accountability at private schools that receive tax-funded vouchers, some students lost two pre-exam days to weather, the Packers won a playoff game, and a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist responded to what Jay Bullock wrote ... not necessarily in that order.
The highest grossing musical in history and a Tony award winning, laugh-a-minute riot highlight the 2014-15 season of Broadway shows announced by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater artistic director Mark Clements has developed a home run reputation for the bookings in the Stackner, which has been home to wonderful musical productions, and next year seems like no exception.
Just as bad acting can take even a great play and drag it into the scrum of boredom and inattention, so too can great acting lift even a slightly wanting script into high cotton. That's the story of "October, Before I Was Born," written by Lori Matthews.
In New York and Los Angeles, it's easy to keep track celebrities, where they shop, eat, get gas and so forth. All you have to do is follow the paparazzi. In Milwaukee, it can be a little harder, but we have our share of celebrities and well-known people, too. In keeping with Bar Month here at OMC, we decided to find out what the favorite haunts were of some of our local stars.
Youngblood Theater has developed a history of presenting brave and unique shows. Their latest, "The Edge of Our Bodies" by Adam Rapp, certainly fits.
It was half a century ago when Bob Dylan released an album titled "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The song is an eloquent testimony to how different the world had become in 1964. The same song could well be used as theme music for the production of "The Petrified Forest," the Robert Sherwood play that opened Friday night at the Windfall Theatre.
The top-flight productions at First Stage clearly have the ability that all great plays have to entice, educate and inspire. But this theater doesn't just stop there. First Stage has a high-level training program in the Theater Academy and a huge outreach program, Theater in Education.