With a smaller cast and a less opulent look at frontier life, it's a gorgeously sung, faithful production of a 76-year old musical chestnut that fans of the classic will enjoy - though others may not celebrate the dated material with as many "yippee yay ayes."
The exuberant, touching and beautifully executed show "Come From Away" continues through May 12, so audiences have only a few more chances to be personally "Welcomed to the Rock," at the intersection of American and Canadian spirit in the aftermath of 9/11.
"Things That Go Ding!" is a variety show in the best sense of the word, showcasing the ridiculous talent of three Milwaukee performers who are allowed to do the things they do best and loving every minute of it.
Unbridled lust coupled with almost impossible deceit climbs every womanly mountain until, unchecked by restraint, it becomes worn beyond all reason. Such is the crux of the morality play "Giovanni," created by Dale Gutzman and running at the Off The Wall Theatre through May 25.
So you take a sickly green ogre, throw in his almost best friend - a donkey - add an evil king wannabe and top it off with a damsel in distress, and you've got the makings of something kids and adults alike can enjoy. If you then add some cute songs, good choreography and incredible costumes, what you'd end up with is the First Stage production of "Shrek the Musical," which opened Friday night at the Todd Wehr Theater.
The first time I saw Alexandra Bonesho was in Next Act Theatre's outstanding production of "Microcrisis" last fall. The play had an absolute powerhouse of a cast. David Cecsarini, John Kishline, Lee Palmer, Michael Cotey and Erica Cruz Hernandez were all there, each with a boatload of credits and awards. And then there was Bonesho.
There are a couple of guarantees when you set off to search for the truth. One is that it can be elusive. Another is that not everybody may be happy with your search. The final thing is there is often a good chance that once you find the truth, you may well realize that life would be much better if you had just left well enough alone.
A strikingly disheveled David Flores, as Victor, a multi-millionare expatriate in Paris, walks into his own cafe and announces to his private staff that he is going to stop eating until he finally dies. That's the start of "An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf," the season opener for the Windfall Theatre.
Times have changed mightily since "Porgy and Bess" first took the stage in 1935 (though large, all-black productions are still rare in the arts, both stage and screen), but as staged and performed by the Skylight's remarkable cast and crew, the original production's sweaty South Carolina grit and gorgeous moments of massive, raw emotion seem well in tact with rarely any trace of cobwebs.
Artistic Director Paula Suozzi and Managing Director Carrie Van Hallgren announced today they are closing their Milwaukee Shakespeare theater company due to lack of available funding.
The Riverside, one of Milwaukee's oldest theaters -- it opened in 1928 -- has hosted top-notch acts like Judy Garland, Abbott and Costello and, in 1940, Frank Sinatra. It's now getting another lease on life, thanks to the same team that runs the nearby Pabst Theater.
American Players Theatre has come a long way since 1980 when "A Midsummers Night Dream," opened an outdoor theater with most audience members seated on the grass. Read about it in Beyond Milwaukee.
Bialystock & Bloom prides itself on being a user-friendly theater company. For almost 10 years and over 25 productions, it has continuously cultivated a fun atmosphere and provocative theater-going experience.
All six characters in The Rep's performance of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" deserve a standing ovation, but most memorable is Lori Birmingham who plays Clare, the alcoholic, accordion-playing loose canon of the family who seems to be the only one with a grip on reality.