The Rep has revealed the upcoming productions for its 67th season, bringing you tributes to two of the most iconic performers in the history of showbiz, a murder mystery experience and an ambitious Titanic-sized production, just to name a few.
There are three distinct productions of "The Comedy of Errors" appearing through July 13 as part of Optimist Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park performances. Individually they are incomplete; together they are incomprehensible.
In her director's notes, Risa Brainin writes that the last time she directed "Measure for Measure," it felt painfully relevant. That was 11 years ago - and in her latest iteration, onstage at APT through Oct. 6, she draws the modern comparisons are even more sharply.
The sloppily produced show - which runs through July 21 at the Peck Pavilion outside the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - proved that sometimes even free theater isn't worth the price.
"As You Like It" is APT's token Shakespearean comedy this season, a fun and funny play that is a wonderful "gateway" show to other works of the Bard - or other productions at the theater in Spring Green.
"Now is the winter of our discontent." It's Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who utters the phrase, proving just how discontented he is in "Richard III," the classic play being given a unique and interesting treatment by Voices Found Rep, at the Underground Collaborative.
The Bristol Renaissance Faire - which runs weekends through Labor Day - is one of the most earnest, genuine, non-ironic places, populated with some of the most earnest, genuine and non-ironic people. It is, for many, a place of joy.
A summerly discontent is what I was left with after seeing "The African Company Presents Richard III," the Carlyle Brown play about the first black theater company formed six years before New York abolished slavery.
Hamlet, perhaps the greatest play ever written, is especially difficult to do. Proof of how hard it is to stage this play is obvious in the Dale Gutzman's production at his Off the Wall Theatre.
The end of the year is the traditional time to talk about your hopes and wishes for the coming year, and the world of theater is not exception. Here are a dozen wishes for the Milwaukee theater community for the next 365 days.
Last year, Jeremy Eineichner started a theater group called Boozy Bard, an ever-changing collection of actors who get together monthly to perform a Shakespeare play at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave. "We're doing Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done: Drunken and vastly unprepared," says Eineichner.
Taking a play like "Macbeth" and casting it with all women may well be a daring attempt to bring something new to the play. But there has to be a reason to do it, and Soulstice Theatre just seems to be doing it for no other reason than it could.
Hard to imagine, but four college chums go through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in just under two hours. It's a laugh-filled romp onstage at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre that has frat party mixed with the Three Stooges as models.
In Wisconsin, we have the world class American Players Theatre, called by many the best in the country. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is moving in that direction, and with a gorgeous space on gorgeous grounds, an easy three-hour drive for Milwaukee Shakespeare fans would be a worthy summer trip.
"The Comedy of Errors" may well be the funniest of all of Shakespeare's plays, and "King Lear" may well be the most tragic. Getting to see both of them in one startling day at Door Shakespeare is to see the breadth of Shakespeare and the diversity of his canon that has given so much to the world for four centuries.