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Next Act's "A Small Fire" rarely burns brightly

Published Feb. 3, 2020

Although the stakes in this piece are high, the impact of the play is small. It is contemplative instead of heart-wrenching, perhaps because the main character is hard for her family to love - and ultimately hard for the audience to like.

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6 shows to look forward to during the fall theater season

Published Aug. 9, 2018

The signs of fall are creeping closer. And while there's nothing better than Shakespeare under the stars on a hot July night, these exciting productions, gracing local stages through the end of 2018, have me looking forward to the months ahead.

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Stellar stars help Next Act's "Silent Sky" soar to success

Published Oct. 5, 2017

Thanks to the stellar cast and the deep emotional connections between its characters, "Silent Sky" celebrates Henri Leavitt's life and accomplishments, which, like a supernova, burned very brightly for a short time and left an indelible legacy.

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Failure to seize the moment leads to heartbreak in Next Act's "Bloomsday"

Published April 8, 2017

For many of us, there is a moment in time, a moment when something could have happened, should have happened, but didn't and the regret drapes us like a shroud draped over our shoulders.That's the story in "Bloomsday," the Steven Dietz play underway at Next Act Theatre.

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Renaissance and Next Act set inventive 2017-18 season schedules

Published April 4, 2017

Two of the most inventive and provocative theater companies in Milwaukee - Renaissance Theaterworks and Next Act Theatre - have announced next season programs chock full of fascinating possibilities. Both theater companies have distinct missions.

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This is opera? With MOT's zany "Mikado" on stage, of course it is

Published March 17, 2017

Kind of like the Marx Brothers, the tandem of Gilbert and Sullivan were pretty funny all by themselves and their opera, "The Mikado," has been one of their funniest for more than a century. But nothing can match the riot created by Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

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The truth gets a workout in Next Act's marvelous "The Other Place"

Published Feb. 4, 2017

Sometimes it's the empty space that is most crowded, the silence that screams the loudest and the darkness that shines the brightest. Those contradictions are at the heart of "The Other Place," which is getting a great staging at Next Act Theatre.

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The top 20 plays of the 2016 Milwaukee theater season

Published Dec. 20, 2016

Trying to pick the top 20 plays of the year in Milwaukee is kind of like trying to choose which of your triplets you love the most. But here are 20 shows that were special to Dave Begel and prove what a rich theatrical tapestry Milwaukee has.

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Next Act's "The Taming" is a perfectly timed political blast

Published Oct. 2, 2016

`Tis the season of weird politics in America, with two presidential candidates whom nobody seems to love and a country divided into red and blue with almost no white to be found. And with perfect timing comes Next Act's production of "The Taming."