Milwaukee repertory theater

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Cracks in the Milwaukee Rep's basement are no act

Published June 6, 2014

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....

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Rep's historic home gets a boost

Published May 2, 2014

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.

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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.

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Rep's "Noises Off" is a first-rate farce

Published Nov. 24, 2013

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.

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Rep's "A Raisin in the Sun" an overwhelming love story

Published March 18, 2013

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.

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Laughing at racism

Published Feb. 14, 2013

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.

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Local theater companies vie for younger audiences

Published Feb. 3, 2013

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.

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"How the World Began" is a small play with big ideas

Published Jan. 19, 2013

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.

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"Mind Over Milwaukee" is a spellbinding feat of entertainment

Published Jan. 1, 2013

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.

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"Sense and Sensibility" falls short of delivering both

Published Dec. 15, 2012

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.