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Rep’s “All Nigh Strut” a train to nowhere

So the conductor walks out on the stage. “All Aboard,” he shouts. He walks down the aisle, asking for, taking and punching tickets. Ah, it’s a train ride we are in for at the “All Night Strut,” now running at … Continue reading

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First Stage Lives up to it’s reputation with “Nate the Great”

It’s not a fast slide from “Nate the Great” to Nate the Average or even the Nate Without Any Ideas. But it happens, much to the surprise of everyone, but nobody was more surprised that Nate himself. He had built … Continue reading

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A quartet of spectacular actors bring brooding Irish alive at Next Act

  There are many joys in this world, but chief among them is having an opportunity to watch the very best in action. The thing that often sets them apart is not the big stuff, but the little things. It’s … Continue reading

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“Guards at the Taj” looks at both beauty and duty

It is only with intelligent and perceptive direction that the truth of “Guards At The Taj” can speak plainly to an audience. It would be easy to get wrapped up in the humor or the horror of the play, currently … Continue reading

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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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Chamber’s Sherlock is Less than the Sum of It’s Parts

If you think about it, any theatrical production can pretty easily be divided into five distinct parts that all end up trying to work together. First you have the cast, secondly you have the director, thirdly you have the designers … Continue reading

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