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The best of the 2019 Milwaukee theater scene

Published Dec. 20, 2019

'Tis the season for making lists - and for me, looking back with enormous gratitude at the live performances I've been lucky enough to attend over the past year. Here are the moments that had the most impact on me, that I will treasure as we move into a new decade.


First Stage announces its 2019-20 season

Published April 2, 2019

First Stage today announced the lineup for its upcoming 2019-20 theatrical season, highlighted by the presentation of an iconic Christmas blockbuster of the screen and stage, a world premiere, a classic literary adventure and more.


First Stage's "Big River" brings new perspective to a classic novel

Published March 20, 2019

For those who may have been discouraged from reading the classic story of Huck Finn, "Big River" is a thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining way to engage with the big ideas in Twain's indictment of slavery and the white culture that profited from it.


First Stage's magical "Matilda" is just right

Published Jan. 14, 2019

Although Roald Dahl wrote the book in 1988, "Matilda" feels uniquely suited for this moment. And if the tale of an unwanted girl believing in her own worth wasn't inspiring enough to get you to the theater, then consider the magnificent musical around her.


First Stage's "Nate the Great" is indeed great

Published Oct. 16, 2018

Holy purple pancakes! There's a brand new mystery afoot at First Stage, a very colorful musical that's sure to charm audiences of all ages: "Nate the Great," running through Nov. 11.


100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee

Published June 12, 2018

This list features fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.