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“Constellations” brings dramatic and powerful end to All In Productions season

It’s a rare theatrical evening indeed, when the most unexpected combination of disciplines create a chemical reaction that explodes inside your heart. That’s the case in “Constellations,” the Nick Payne romantic comedy/drama that was opened by All In Productions Friday … Continue reading

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Trying to find a message keeps The Rep’s “Animal Farm” stuck ion the barn

It is perhaps fitting that the lingering feeling after watching the Orwellian production of “Animal Farm” at The Rep was one of theatrical dystopia. For anyone who had some trouble with vocabulary tests in high school, “dystopia” is the opposite … Continue reading

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Transcendent trio of actors bring touching and funny to a story of sisters

Once upon a time a famous chef – Wolfgang Puck or Julia Childs or Gordon Ramsay – said that “cooking is an art but baking is a science.” None of those famous people ever had a chance to see the … Continue reading

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Funniest Christmas Play You Will Ever See Running at Next Act

A carpenter named Joe walks into the Nazareth tavern, nervous about this date that is a fix-up. Sitting in a chair, clutching a white afghan over her tummy, sits the very pretty Mary. It’s her first blind date. He introduces … Continue reading

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Lonely guys, elderberry wine and old lace ladies – Happy Holidays from Off the Wall

Ah, the holidays in the theater – music, beautiful and sparkly costumes, dancing, Christmas trees, cute kids warm-hearted adults – it’s a winter wonderland of warmth and decking the halls. And then there is Dale Gutzman and his ever-dangerous Off … Continue reading

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First Stage Young Company sinks its teeth into an American classic

It takes little more than a minute to herald that we are about to be taken on a strange and, perhaps, wonderful journey When the always magnetic Jennie Babisch climbs onto the stage, tweed jacket and tie, and grabs a … Continue reading

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Rep’s Bauman’s 2nd column sparks bitter exchange between two women critics.

Chad Bauman, the Managing Director at The Milwaukee Rep, has created a mini-firestorm with a couple of columns about the state of theater criticism.The first appeared in American Theatre magazine. You can read the column and my response here. https://davebegelontheater.com/2017/11/29/chad-baumans-column-on-criticism-and-a-response-from-a-theater-critic/Continue reading

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Broadway’s Andrew Varela happy in Milwaukee and Milwaukee is happy to have him

Broadway! The Great White Way! It’’s where every actor wants to get, and once there it’s where every actor wants to stay and stay and stay. For some it becomes and almost desperate pursuit full of danger and pitfall. Meet … Continue reading

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Clements’ “Christmas Carol” a a magnificent tale of suspense

This year the agonizing journey of Scrooge seemed endless as he was faced with vivid echoes of his past, from young boy to young man to aging skinflint. The suspense in the audience was palpable. Continue reading

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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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