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The sun comes out, every night, in Skylight’s “Annie”

There is this thing about Molly Rhode and Skylight  Music Theatre and a piece of musical theater that has been seen by just about everyone in the theater loving community. The thing is “sure,” as in sure thing. Ms. Rhode … Continue reading

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Pickering moving and powerful as “Secret Mask” hits home at Next Act

Sometimes – only occasionally – we get a chance to step into an area of rarefied air, a place where perfection lives and the world seems to bask in the glow of a magnificent light. Exhibit One – James Pickering … Continue reading

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Your tummy twists into knots in The Rep’s “Holmes and Watson”

The single question is really a series of questions. Was it him or him or him or him or him or him or him or him or….even her or her? Or, as Hamlet would say about these 10 people, “to … Continue reading

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Rep’s Murder for Two is just…well…murder

We are going through a time of almost unbearable misery on a number of fronts in this country – Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Kim Jong Un, the Green Bay Packers. The question of where, oh where can we turn for … Continue reading

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Touring production of “Rent” ought to face possible eviction

During the intermission of  “Rent” at the Marcus Center on opening night, a friend of my wife’s was debating leaving. This woman, who shall go unnamed, is a regular at theater in Milwaukee and an astute critic who loves most … Continue reading

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Akhtar play at The Rep is timely and important, but could use some fine tuning

It was almost as if I was watching Serena and Venus Williams and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on a tennis court mixing it up and blisteringly batting a ball back and forth over the line. Winners hit and then … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls rolls box cars in production of “Guys and Dolls”

Here’s the dilemma faced by Mark Clements and his team of scalawags. You’ve got this 67 year old musical that won five Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Direction. Then you’ve got the same show as a movie 62 … Continue reading

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Like clowns from the little car, APT’s “Pericles” is as funny as it gets

Remember when you went to the circus and that little car drove into the center ring and a whole bunch of clowns tumbled out – 10, or 20 clowns. Eric Tucker, the ever-inventive Artistic Director at the ever-inventive Bedlam Theater … Continue reading

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APT delivers a classic and glorious “View from a Bridge”

There is nothing quite like the eternal battle between obsession and fear of obsession has rarely gotten such an intense look as in Arthur Miller’s  “A View From the Bridge.” And there is nothing quite like the searing production of … Continue reading

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Like nails on a blackboard, Off the Wall mounts Baby Jane!

Milking the feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, two of greatest actors of their time, rose to a fevered pitch with the release of the 1962 movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.” It was a frantic and suspense-filled … Continue reading

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