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Off the Wall's "The Fantasticks" can't overcome a key weak performance

Published April 21, 2017

"The Fantasticks" is a simple little musical, the longest running in history, about a boy and a girl and being in love. The problem in the Off the Wall Theatre production is that the boy can't hold up his end of the deal, and the whole production suffers.

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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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Gutzman and "Tartuffe" meet on stage for a riotous laugh-filled show

Published Sept. 18, 2015

The scandalous bite is gone from this "Tartuffe," but it's been replaced by taking a 400-year-old classic French comedy and turning it into present day laughs that mixes "Laugh-In" the "Marx Brothers" with a little bit of Reverend Jimmy Swaggart thrown in for good measure. Only Dale Gutzman could come up with a concoction like the production that opened Thursday at Off The Wall Theatre.

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Off The Wall's "Spring Awakening" is a wrenching morality play

Published July 24, 2015

In a place that has hosted such decadent theater as a blistering "Cabaret" and a shockingly brutal "Trainspotting" it is stunningly surprising to find a morality play being staged in the tiny black box of Off The Wall Theatre.But that's what you get with the production of "Spring Awakening," the multiple Tony Award winning musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.