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Subbaraman prepares for debut as Skylight artistic director

Published March 14, 2013

Viswa Subbaraman admits to a mild case of nerves as Skylight Music Theatre announced its 2013-14 season Thursday, the first under the new artistic director who is expected to continue the impressive record of the Skylight over the past few years.

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Gig roundup: "Cotton Bell" heralds Williams' return

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Three years ago -- three long years ago for fans -- Milwaukee singer and songwriter Hayward Williams released his debut full-length, "Another Sailor's Dream," and drew attention locally and internationally. This week Williams launches the long-awaited follow-up with a gig at an unusual venue.

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A look back at the year in local theater

Published Dec. 31, 2009

This year was unlike any other in my three decades of writing about theater in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Offstage business upstaged what happened on the stage.

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A family show at the Skylight: The Cabots return

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Colin and Paula Cabot have taken some time off from their working, traditional farm in rural New Hampshire in order to return to the Skylight Opera for "The Long and Short of it," which opens New Year's Eve.

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Ann Landers, Plaid Dinner Jackets fill major stages

Published Dec. 3, 2009

Theater companies have learned to avoid scheduling shows of great heft this time of year. Death, politics and cussing are out of style until Jan. 1. Milwaukee's two largest theater companies, the Rep and the Skylight Opera Theatre, are reflecting that and the economic mood with a couple of shows with small casts but big entertainment value.

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A theater love story and "Hamlet" in the Fifth Ward

Published Oct. 29, 2009

Many actors trace their careers back to a specific childhood moment in a theater. A live play unexpectedly expanded their world and thrilled them to the core. Amy Jensen is probably one of the few accountants who had a similar experience as an adult.

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American Players Theatre stages O'Neill's "Journey"

Published Sept. 3, 2009

"A Long Day's Journey into Night" is an American classic, and Spring Green's American Players Theatre opened a high octane staging of it last week. OnMilwaukee.com's Damien Jaques checks in on the production and also catches up with Dawn Helsing Wolters, the new managing director of the Milwaukee Rep, and the Skylight Opera, too.

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Old theater guy in a new neighborhood

Published Aug. 24, 2009

This is the start of what I hope will be a long and happy relationship with you, OnMilwaukee.com and me. I plan to deliver to your screens a mix of stage news, reviews and feature stories via a weekly column appearing on Thursdays and occasional blog postings like this. Come and visit me here often.

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Skylight's "meltdown" makes NYTimes.com

Published Aug. 4, 2009

Milwaukee's performing arts fiasco at the Skylight Opera has made its way to The New York Times. Read the Times piece and react as you will. No matter what you do, I suggest that you support our local arts scene.

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Let's get "Artsy" at Summerfest

Published July 6, 2009

Summerfest is a great event and Milwaukee has a thriving performing arts community. Why not blend the two?

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Shakes Wake provides closure for tragic theater loss

Published Dec. 9, 2008

This past October, the Milwaukee Shakespeare theater company announced it was closing the book on productions after nine successful seasons in the city. Because Milwaukee Shakespeare's demise felt like a sudden, untimely death for theater-lovers, a committee of volunteers got to work on planning an Irish Wake for old Bill's local legacy.