Milwaukee shakespeare


Funding for Shakespeare cut by an unlikely source

Published Dec. 22, 2011

This wasn't really much of a program. It would pair a juvenile offender with an instructor from the UWM theater program, which has enjoyed a reputation as a world class school, and they'd work on Shakespeare. Eventually they'd stage one of the plays. The idea, of course, is that if you show these kids something as moving and important as Shakespeare, it might help them move away from a life of crime.


A theater love story and "Hamlet" in the Fifth Ward

Published Oct. 29, 2009

Many actors trace their careers back to a specific childhood moment in a theater. A live play unexpectedly expanded their world and thrilled them to the core. Amy Jensen is probably one of the few accountants who had a similar experience as an adult.


A wealth of on-stage magic: our top theater groups

Published Dec. 23, 2008

Despite the recent loss of Milwaukee Shakespeare, Cream City still has one of the most vibrant theater scenes in the country and visitors and newcomers are always amazed that a city the size of Milwaukee is home to so many and varied stage offerings. While thinking about what we're thankful for, we started talking about this fecundity of the thespian arts and each of us began to shout out favorites. So, we decided to share them with you.


Shakes Wake provides closure for tragic theater loss

Published Dec. 9, 2008

This past October, the Milwaukee Shakespeare theater company announced it was closing the book on productions after nine successful seasons in the city. Because Milwaukee Shakespeare's demise felt like a sudden, untimely death for theater-lovers, a committee of volunteers got to work on planning an Irish Wake for old Bill's local legacy.


Milwaukee Shakespeare bids us farewell

Published Oct. 28, 2008

Artistic Director Paula Suozzi and Managing Director Carrie Van Hallgren announced today they are closing their Milwaukee Shakespeare theater company due to lack of available funding.


Hey, McCloud!

Published May 30, 2007

I'm sorry if you missed Milwaukee Shakespeare's production of "Henry IV (Part I)," which closed this past Sunday.


Theater Preview: "Macbeth"

Published Feb. 24, 2007

The lust for power can do many things to a person. Macbeth and his lady aspire to reign over Scotland. Three witches tell Macbeth it's his destiny, but the only way he can make their predictions true is through bloodshed.


Rebel and King: Milwaukee Shakespeare continues ambitious project

Published May 8, 2006

At some point this month, Paula Suozzi will be flying out to the nation's capitol to meet with a rather important person about decisions which will bear some weight upon events occurring in the next three years for the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company.


West trades edgy producer role for full-time fatherhood

Published April 30, 2006

Professional theater company Bialystock & Bloom is in the process of vanishing from this world. Founder and producer Jonathan West is trading in his old life -- that of the bright lights and pancake makeup -- for a new, no-less-exhausting one as a full-time father.


Controversial "Shrew" pulls off gender-bent cast

Published Nov. 17, 2005

The philosophical implications of Milwaukee Shakespeare's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" are endless and could easily fill a review ten times the size of this one. The real question for Milwaukee theater goers is, "Is it good?"


Milwaukee Talks: Chris Abele

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Philanthropist Chris Abele moved to Milwaukee 12 years ago, and since he arrived, the 38-year-old has donated thousands of dollars to a variety of local art, education and human rights organizations.


Bold, modern "Julius Caesar" defies expectations

Published March 2, 2005

If you read "Julius Caesar" as a tenth-grader, you may walk into Milwaukee Shakespeare's production of the play with certain expectations. "Togas," you're probably thinking. "Guys in togas prancing across the stage, spouting iambic pentameter." Think again.


"The Comedy of Errors" too good to keep under a hat

Published Nov. 11, 2004

"The Comedy of Errors" is innovative and clever, breathing new life into one of Shakespeare's best-known comedies. Director Susan Finque has taken a number of chances with this interpretation, and with few exceptions, her gamble has paid off.