Shakespeare

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Optimist's "Comedy of Errors" makes several errors of its own

Published July 2, 2019

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.

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APT's "Measure for Measure" tells a strikingly modern twist on the Bard

Published Aug. 21, 2018

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.

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Nothing comes from nothing in Optimist's "King Lear"

Published July 8, 2018

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.

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"Richard III" gets fascinating treatment from young theater company

Published Feb. 9, 2017

"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.

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11 joyful shots from the Ren Faire

Published July 20, 2016

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.

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12 New Year wishes for the Milwaukee theater community

Published Dec. 29, 2015

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.

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Boozy Bard brings drunk dramas to Best Place

Published July 31, 2015

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.

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Milwaukee has a big impact on Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Published July 15, 2014

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.

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"Comedy," "King Lear" open an exciting Door Shakespeare season

Published July 7, 2014

"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.