Aliens have landed in Milwaukee - and they do not come in peace. No, they come singing, dancing and zipping around in flying saucers in James Valcq's sci-fi musical spoof "Zombies From the Beyond," returning to town this weekend.
The annual extravaganza "Holiday Punch," staged for 40 years by Dale Gutzman, once again confirms that he is the ultimate showman and impresario in all of Milwaukee. If you see one holiday show this season this is the one to see. It couldn't be funnier.
The things about Wisconsin we didn't learn in school, the American Folklore Theatre tells us with music, humor and poignance. For instance, the state hosted about 20,000 foreign prisoners of war during WWII, and most were German. Supervised POW projects ranged from Bayfield to Sturtevant, and some captured enemy combatants were even housed at State Fair Park. That is the context for "Victory Farm," this season's new American Folklore Theatre musical being staged outdoors in Peninsula State Park.
The performing arts have been steadily expanding in Door County during the past 20 years, and two organizations are operating with new management this summer. Door Shakespeare had an abrupt change of leadership during the winter. Sturgeon Bay's Third Avenue Playhouse now has a professional stage company being run by two theater artists with Broadway on their resumes.