Dave begel

Abortion-rights_fullsize_story1

Anti-abortion assault hits too close to home

Published Jan. 13, 2017

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,.

Begel-resolutions_fullsize_story1

Begel's 2017 resolutions may not be fanciful, but they're genuine

Published Dec. 29, 2016

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.

Best-plays_fullsize_story1

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.

Begelbariatric_fullsize_story1

I'm done being fat: Bariatric surgery is the life-changing choice

Published Sept. 6, 2016

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.

Uberpartthree_fullsize_story1

Uber Tales, Part 3: Cool jobs and cool people

Published June 2, 2016

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.

Bestplaysoftheyear_fullsize_story1

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.

Accountabilityrecoverybegel_fullsize_story1

Accountability, recovery and Dave Begel

Published Jan. 13, 2015

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.

Rep201415season_fullsize_story1

The Milwaukee Rep announces its 2014-15 season

Published Feb. 26, 2014

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.

Octoberbefore_fullsize_story1

Great acting carries Chamber's "October" production

Published Feb. 22, 2014

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.

Mkesstarsbars_fullsize_story1

The favorite bars of Milwaukee's stars

Published Feb. 18, 2014

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.

Thepetrifiedforest_fullsize_story1

Windfall's "Petrified Forest" is petrifyingly lacking

Published Feb. 15, 2014

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.

Begelfirststage2_fullsize_story1

First Stage committed to educational opportunity

Published Feb. 12, 2014

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.