Theatre

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Skylight's admirable "Oklahoma!" shows its age

Published Oct. 2, 2019

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."

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A tale of passion, lust and justice lands at Off the Wall with "Giovanni"

Published May 18, 2014

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.

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No need to feel green: "Shrek the Musical" is fun for everyone

Published Oct. 13, 2013

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.

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Milwaukee actress Bonesho prepares herself for the big stage

Published Oct. 12, 2013

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.

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"Burying the Bones" tells tough story of hard questions, harder answers

Published Oct. 5, 2013

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.

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"An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Beouf" is an unsatisfying dish

Published Sept. 29, 2013

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.

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Skylight's timeless "Porgy and Bess" a grand exit for director Theisen

Published June 6, 2013

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.

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Milwaukee Shakespeare bids us farewell

Published Oct. 28, 2008

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.

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Pabst team puts a new shine on the Riverside

Published Sept. 24, 2005

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.

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APT celebrates 25th season 'neath the Spring Green sky

Published Aug. 16, 2004

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.

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User-friendly Bialystock & Bloom prepares to turn 10

Published May 25, 2004

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.

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"A Delicate Balance" perfectly balances wit and woe

Published Sept. 17, 2002

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.