Tom Strini
On Stage 2/22-3/1 Riddle

What’s on your head and at Uihlein Hall?

By - Feb 22nd, 2011 04:00 am
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Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair

Flow it, show it

Long as God can grow it

My hair!

They’re singing it again, tonight through Sunday (Feb. 22-27). The national touring company of the Tony-winning 2009 New York revival of Hair has landed at Marcus Center Uihlein Hall. Is the vintage rock musical hippie nostalgia or timeless art?

Think it over:

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Prices start at $25 and vary depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase. Call the box office at (414) 273-7206, visit the Marcus Center website or call (800) 982-2787. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 414-273-7121 ext. 210. This Milwaukee engagement of HAIR is presented by Broadway Across America-Milwaukee and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Time Warner Cable Broadway at the Marcus Center Series.

A Busy Arts Week at UWM; theater, art lecture series, music

7 p.m. Wednesday: Artists Now Lecture Series, with animator Melanie Davenport. Arts Center Lecture Hall, free.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb, 24,Watershed Milwaukee Thursday Night Speakers, UWM Union Art Gallery. In conjunction with Watershed Milwaukee: Art, Activism and Community Engagement 2011. Carmen Aguilar-Diaz (UWM Great Lakes Water Institute scientist), Lane Hall (artist, UWM English Dept), and Nancy Aten (sustainable landscape designer). Free.
Fri. Feb. 25 – Sun. March 6, Labworks: The Second Best Bed: Shakespeare’s Women Revealed, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Kenilworth Building Studio 508, $5.
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27: Milwaukee Guitar Quartet, Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall. Free.
6 p.m. Sunday,Feb. 27: UWM Flute Series presents guest artist Rebecca Johnson, PSOA Recital Hall. Free.

Music

Soprano Katarína Vovková, who is based in the Czech Republic and has extensive international credits, will make her Milwaukee debut in a recital at Marcus Center Vogel Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday; the program will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 25-26). She will sing a program of opera arias, starting with Casta diva from Bellini’s Norma. (I think I hear her now.) Song to the Moon, the famous aria from Dvôrák’s Rusalka, is on the bill, along with duets to be sung with baritone Aleksandr Vovk. Matthew Bergey will accompany. The concert, staged by the non-profit Intercultural Assistance for Environmental Development. The proceeds will be used to send school books to Nigerian schools. Tickets are $35 and $48 at the Marcus Center box office, 414 273-7206 and website.

Theater

Another On Stage riddle: If a woman is unfulfilled in both her marriage and in her extramarital affair, should she (A) kill her husband; (B) kill her lover; (C) kill herself; or (D) all of the above?

I can’t tell you the answer, because I didn’t read Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick’s comedy, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, all the way to the end. So you’ll have to attend In Tandem Theatre‘s production, which opens Friday (Feb. 25) and runs through March 13, to find out how Arlene, a 1970s Modern Woman, solves the problem. I will say, though, that characters who spend this much time in orange and aqua hotel rooms might find themselves longing for death

Jane Flieller directs Dylan Bolin, Darrel Cherney and Cat Yates in this production, which plays in the Tenth Street Theatre, on the lower level of Calvary Church, at 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Tickets are $25 or $2o, depending on the day and time of performance. Click here for a listing of show times, dates and prices, and to order online. Or call the In Tandem box office, 414 271-1371.

Patrick Sims, in his “10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor’s Story,” coming to Cardinal Stritch University.

James Cameron, founder of the Black Holocaust Museum of Milwaukee, was the only person known to survive a racial lynching. Cameron’s feat and life inspired Patrick Sims to write and perform 10 Perfect, A Lynching Survivor’s Story. Sims, founding director of the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an associate professor of acting, will perfrom his one-man play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in Stritch’s the Nancy Kendall Theater at Cardinal Stritch University. A panel and Q&A will follow.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, e-mail events@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4340. Pre-registrations are valid until 6:50 p.m. on Saturday and 4:50 p.m. on Sunday. At this time, empty seats will be available to patrons without tickets.

The play is for mature audiences and contains adult themes and language.

Ongoing

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Mauritius, through March 13.
First Stage Milwaukee: U: Bug: Me, through March 13.
Windfall Theatre: Nurture’s Wonders, through March 5.
Boulevard Theatre: Becky Shaw, through March 13.
The Milwaukee Rep: Speaking in Tongues, through March 13 in the Stiemke Theater; Nobody Lonesome for Me, Stackner Cabaret through March 13.

Last Chance

Sunset Playhouse: It Had to Be You, closes Feb. 26.
Danceworks: Vaudeville!, through Feb. 27.
Soulstice Theater: Shining City, closes Feb. 26.

Note to Readers and Producers: The On Stage column is not comprehensive. If your event is not listed here, please consult our events calendar, a free service for both presenters and readers. Also, feel free to add events I have not included above in the comment box below. — Tom Strini

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