Monthly Archives: September 2018

Milwaukee Opera Theatre on tap with another unique and promising production

It’s a rare occasion that I ever recommend a play without having seen it first. As they say, rules are made to be broken. So, here we go. For only three nights, Milwaukee Opera Theatre will stage “Antiology” at the … Continue reading

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Magnificent actors bring cats and dogs and pains to life at Chamber Theatre

There is nothing quite as interesting as a look – a deep look -inside the deepest reaches of another person. Photo by Paul Ruffalo.  A look the diamonds and stones, the warts and dimples, faith and doubt. That’s the look … Continue reading

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Rep opens season with a glorious “In the Heights”

We can all barely wait for the announcement from The Rep of an emergency capital fund-raising campaign to fix a sudden and unexpected tumultuous event. The roof of the theater needs to be replaced because a rambunctious wildly diverse band … Continue reading

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Skylight stages a forgettable and exhausting “Pippin” to open season

Bob Fosse was the genius behind “Cabaret,” Chicago,” “Damn Yankees,” “All that Jazz” and “Sweet Charity” – all major achievements in the world history of American musical theater. Mr. Fosse, who died in 1987, also wrote “Pippin,” which had a … Continue reading

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Rep christens Stackner with Memorable “Songs for nobodies”

The Stackner Cabaret at the Milwaukee Rep has been the scene of an abundance of funny shows with songs with simple melodies and silly lyrics. Think the “Doyle and Debbie Show” and “Guys on Ice” and “Gutenberg! The Musical.” But … Continue reading

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All In Productions Grows Up with Formidable Hedwig

It starts with a small smile. Then comes a grin and a laugh and then you cringe and then you get serious for a moment, a lump in your throat, maybe even a tear in  your eye. Then you do … Continue reading

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