A couple of really old chestnuts, a couple of new things and contract extensions for the leadership of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater were announced in a ceremony at the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex on Monday night.
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A recent Facebook post by Mark Clements, the respected artistic director at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, has made me think about my professional occupation as a theater critic for OnMilwaukee.
The 40th consecutive edition of "A Christmas Carol" opened by the Milwaukee Rep Wednesday night and there is a logical candidate to fall under the spell cast by this production. It should be required viewing for state politicians.
For over 1,000 times Doug Mancheski and Steve Koehler have gathered around them an audience of average people who love "Guys On Ice," now running at the Stackner Cabaret of the Milwaukee Rep.
Upstairs in the Quadracci Powerhouse theater, the goal is deception, putting on an act. But downstairs in the historic buildings occupied by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, when cracks appear it's no put-on. The Rep will spend nearly $2 million this year to repair deteriorated support pilings under the building. Let's go down and take a look....
As I gear up to go spelunking in the historic home of the Milwaukee Rep, which occupies a complex of former utility buildings, the Rep announced that it has received a one-time half-million-dollar grant from the The Herzfeld Foundation to fund immediate repairs caused by significant settling that has occurred over recent years.
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.
There are a lot of different things you can expect when you go to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, but you would never expect this. A ballet. Right on the stage of the Quadracci Powerhouse. And with "Noises Off," a farce written by Michael Frayn and directed by KJ Sanchez, the Rep has staged a show that has everything that a great ballet has, except the music.
It may come as a surprise to people who have seen "A Raisin in the Sun" before, as I have, and it certainly came as a huge surprise to me. But when I watched the play that opened at the Milwaukee Rep this weekend, I was stunned to figure out that it's a love story.
In the Milwaukee Rep's production of "Ring of Fire" at the Stackner Cabaret, we saw not the story of a singer and his wife and his backup band. We saw the story of America.
Everyone can agree: race - and racism - is one touchy subject. With "Clybourne Park," the Milwaukee Rep tackles the issue in an unconventional way: with comedy. Gerard Neugent sits down with OnMilwaukee.com to discuss the power of comedy to create dialogue within the community.
Art Milwaukee is partnering with a number of theater companies to stage "Interact." It's a unique one-night event that will include live music, art, cash bar and selections from six Milwaukee-based theater companies.
This is a smart play that nibbles around the edges of a thoughtful display of dogma and there are lessons to be learned here. One of those lessons is that great theater doesn't have to be big, it just has to be great.
There is absolutely no logical explanation for the spectacle taking place at the Stackner Cabaret at the Milwaukee Rep. "Mind Over Milwaukee" is not a magic show. Not even close. It is, quite simply, an amazingly unbelievable and entertaining example of creative and unusual theater.
One of the things you expect when you go to a play is that at least one of the characters will make you care about them. And if there is one thing missing from the visually stunning production of "Sense and Sensibility" that opened at the Milwaukee Rep Friday night, it's that.