Monthly Archives: November 2017

Chad Bauman’s column on criticism and a response from a theater critic

Chad Bauman, the smart and experienced Managing Director of the Milwaukee Rep, writes a monthly column for American Theatre magazine. In the latest issue he was asked to look at the state of theatrical criticism in this country. You can … Continue reading

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First Stage weaves holiday magic for every age with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

You could close your eyes and just listen and you’d know how wonderful and amazing the moment was. A dozen young actors stepped back to reveal a jeweled Christmas Tree, bright with sparkling ornaments and bright lights. Hundreds of little … Continue reading

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Chamber’s “Miracle” is nothing but a stale holiday trifle

A holiday offering at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is a little like the fruitcake that your unmarried aunt insists on giving you each Christmas. You imagine that all those ingredients would make something great, but in the end it is merely … Continue reading

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The sun comes out, every night, in Skylight’s “Annie”

There is this thing about Molly Rhode and Skylight  Music Theatre and a piece of musical theater that has been seen by just about everyone in the theater loving community. The thing is “sure,” as in sure thing. Ms. Rhode … Continue reading

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Pickering moving and powerful as “Secret Mask” hits home at Next Act

Sometimes – only occasionally – we get a chance to step into an area of rarefied air, a place where perfection lives and the world seems to bask in the glow of a magnificent light. Exhibit One – James Pickering … Continue reading

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Your tummy twists into knots in The Rep’s “Holmes and Watson”

The single question is really a series of questions. Was it him or him or him or him or him or him or him or him or….even her or her? Or, as Hamlet would say about these 10 people, “to … Continue reading

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Good Sex! Bad Sex! Charles Isherwood! Phony Awards!

Sex! Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s get to the point. Watching and seeing and talking about sex is just about everywhere in our world. And the world of live theater is no exception, although sex and intimacy on … Continue reading

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Rep’s Murder for Two is just…well…murder

We are going through a time of almost unbearable misery on a number of fronts in this country – Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Kim Jong Un, the Green Bay Packers. The question of where, oh where can we turn for … Continue reading

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