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Theater Critic in Milwaukee.

Funny doesn’t begin to describe “Urinetown” at Skylight

If you want a love story for the ages, complete with music and crazy dresses and hats, you could easily have become wrapped up in The Royal Wedding. But a wiser, and far less serious choice for a rollicking good … Continue reading

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Nothing Like the Spectacular Show from Wild Space and Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Oh, that we might have more and more collaborations between the Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance Company. If it came to pass the theatrical panorama in Milwaukee would be so much richer, so much more filled with enveloping … Continue reading

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Andrew Varela leads outstanding cast through a fantastic “Fantasticks”

In the fall of 1965 I was stationed at a Navy base on Treasure Island, a man made tiny piece of land at one end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge. I was going to be there for six to … Continue reading

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“Songs for a New World” an absolute stunner from All In Productions

It’s safe to say that there is no other Milwaukee theater company that would stage “Songs for a New World,” the quirky play that launched the career of Jason Robert Brown in 1995. It’s an unusual play, written for four … Continue reading

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Power of Faith Shaken in Chamber’s “Doubt”

Accusation vs. Denial. Truth vs. Falsehood. Joy vs. Sorrow. Red state vs. Blue state. Offense vs. Defense. I pledge, until death! Those bitterest of rivalries are at the heart of “Doubt:A Parable,” the John Patrick Shanley Pulitzer Prize winning play … Continue reading

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Ordinary Life is Extraordinary at Rep’s “Our Town”

It happens in barely a blink of an eye. The Rep turns the ordinary into the extraordinary, the common to the sublime and the routine into the rare in the spectacular “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s penetrating exam of life in … Continue reading

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Troubled teens try to talk Milwaukee into a good place at First Stage

Theater companies like The Rep and First Stage have, over the recent years, developed a laudable commitment to sparking meaningful discussion about the city around them. I am full of admiration for the leadership of those companies for their efforts … Continue reading

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Important and Relevant “Top Girls” opens at Renaissance

Women as the victims of men! Donald Trump. Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Garrison Keillor. The list of men accused of some form of harassment (mainly sexual) has trust women into a brave movement, “Me Too,” standing up to the victimization … Continue reading

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Gunderson Play at Next Act is Too Much Like an After School Special

The story of the boy from one neighborhood and the girl from another has long been the fodder for movies and plays and television shows. Go back to “Cinderella” or, indeed, “Dirty Dancing” and you can see the attraction of … Continue reading

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Brilliant Les Miserables As Good as It Gets at Marcus

The current production of “Les Miserable” running at the Marcus Center is making me do something as a theater critic that I never have done before. I am going to recommend that everyone who loves great theater go go to … Continue reading

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