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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"Laughter" is a bittersweet snapshot of a bygone era and an homage to the pioneers of television. Embodied by a top-notch cast, the world behind "Your Show of Shows" is well worth seeing even if audience members have never heard of Sid Caesar.
After seeing Next Act Theatre's terrific production of the family drama "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," you'll feel like you've gotten to intimately become friends with playwright Bill Cain and his family.
As the home to Irish Fest, the largest celebration Celtic arts and culture in North America, it's not that surprising Milwaukee would have two leading theaters producing Irish-themed love stories - now including Next Act's "Outside Mullingar."
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.
The script's stunning reveal is much more potent than just a clever magic trick because the overall conceit, the careful and specific use of Whitman's poetry, and the characters who lead us there - all brought beautifully to life at Next Act.
There are few relationships in life as impactful as the relationship between a father and his children - and the combination of Merriment Social and Next Act's "The Secret Mask" pay perfect tribute to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new year is a time for thanks for the past and a time for hopes and wishes for the brand new time in our life and nowhere is it more profound than in the world of the performing arts. The new year is also a time for wishes for a number of different arts groups.
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.
`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."