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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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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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First Stage Young Company acts like veterans in staging Henry V

There are thousands of professional actors who spend a lifetime studying the intricacies and complexity of performing Shakespeare. It’s hard to do and very hard to do well, which makes all the more remarkable the staging of “” by the … Continue reading

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Moving and frightening “Until The Flood” at the Rep

Dael Orlandersmith most likely didn’t set out to do it,  but she has written one scary play if you were a white person sitting at The Rep opening night when her “Until The Flood” opened in the Stiemke Studio. Her … Continue reading

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Cooperative effort creates masterpiece of “One House Over” at The Rep

At the earliest moments of “One House Over” it’s easy to get lulled into the expectations that this Catherine Trieschmann play is a dart in the air flying to the target of Donald Trump and his anti-immigration policies. As this … Continue reading

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Chamber and Marti Gobel stage powerful, moving and brilliant Brothers Size

This may seem like some kind of cop out, but it’s not. It’s just that there are few, of any, words to adequately describe the magnificent (see, there’s one  word) production of the Tarell Alvin McCraney play “the Brothers Size” … Continue reading

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In Tandem delivers just half a play with The Outgoing Tide

Victims here, victims there, Good Lord we’ve got victims everywhere. That’s what gets delivered in “The Outgoing Tide,” the Bruce Graham play that opened Friday night at In Tandem Theatre. The first victim we meet is Gunner (James Pickering) an … Continue reading

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Funny, singing and dancing and one joyous evening with zombies at Skylight

How old you are would seem to be an issue in “Zombies from the Beyond,” the James Valcq chestnut that opened Friday night at Skylight Music Theatre. After all, the show is a send-up of the C class group of … Continue reading

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