Dominique Paul Noth

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Theater: ‘Sex With Strangers’ Scores
Theater

‘Sex With Strangers’ Scores

Play by ‘House of Cards” writer is a witty, gritty and erotic battle of the sexes.

Classical: The Not Always ‘Merry Widow’
Classical

The Not Always ‘Merry Widow’

Florentine production has low and high points, as third act delivers the fun.

Theater: They Aimed At The Stars
Theater

They Aimed At The Stars

Next Act’s ‘Silent Sky’ is artful theater about women scientists who helped explore the universe.

Theater: Rep Scores Again with Akhtar Play
Theater

Rep Scores Again with Akhtar Play

Another play by Brookfield-raised, Pulitzer-winning writer, another potent production.

Theater: “Guys and Dolls” Smacked Too Hard
Theater

“Guys and Dolls” Smacked Too Hard

Rep production overplays a worthy musical.

Theater: Truly a Singular Sensation
Theater

Truly a Singular Sensation

Milwaukee Opera’s radical production of A Chorus Line inverts the ages of performers.

Remembering Barbara Cook

Remembering Barbara Cook

The late great singer was in Tony Bennett’s class as a live performer.

Theater: ‘Sweeney Todd’ Is Grisly Fun
Theater

‘Sweeney Todd’ Is Grisly Fun

Skylight’s take on Sondheim musical has inventive staging and strong voices.

Classical: A Most Happy “Barber of Seville”
Classical

A Most Happy “Barber of Seville”

Musically great, but the staging missed the mark.

Theater: Rep’s Jane Eyre Will Surprise You
Theater

Rep’s Jane Eyre Will Surprise You

More cool than romantic, it’s a psychologically gripping production.

Theater: A Dickens of a Staging
Theater

A Dickens of a Staging

Chamber Theatre’s ‘Great Expectations’ is cleverly staged, great fun.

Theater: The Weight of Words
Theater

The Weight of Words

Renaissance staging of ‘The Violet Hour’ dramatizes the golden days of American publishing.

Theater: Regrets, They Have a Few
Theater

Regrets, They Have a Few

Four actors deftly stretch time and memory in “Bloomsday.”

Classical: Strong Cast Powers ‘Don Giovanni’
Classical

Strong Cast Powers ‘Don Giovanni’

Great singers and deftly added modern touches stand out in Florentine production.

Theater: Rep’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ Sparkles
Theater

Rep’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ Sparkles

Williams’ masterwork has good cast, pacing, but might have more weight.

Theater: Love and Pain and Journalism
Theater

Love and Pain and Journalism

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s “The Few” is uneven, but mysterious.

Theater: Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Pilot
Theater

Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Pilot

Rep’s ‘Grounded’ is haunting drama about U.S. pilot doing drone warfare.

Movies: Who Will Win The Oscars?
Movies

Who Will Win The Oscars?

Our reviews may help you choose which nominees should win.

Movies: The Silence Surrounding “Silence”
Movies

The Silence Surrounding “Silence”

No one is talking about Martin Scorsese’s ambitious film. Should they be?

Movies: Why Oscar Overlooked ‘Loving’
Movies

Why Oscar Overlooked ‘Loving’

And why the total snub for 'Love & Friendship’?

Movies: Two Films With Emotional Power
Movies

Two Films With Emotional Power

‘Lion’ and ‘Moonlight’ are two of year’s best films.

Movies: The Oscars and Women
Movies

The Oscars and Women

Three movies with strong women roles were mostly overlooked. Why?

Movies: “Manchester” Is a Director’s Triumph
Movies

“Manchester” Is a Director’s Triumph

Despite Best Actor nod for Affleck, “Manchester By the Sea” is director Kenneth Lonergan’s movie.

Movies: ‘Fences’ Offers Powerhouse Performances
Movies

‘Fences’ Offers Powerhouse Performances

As good as Denzel Washington is, Viola Davis is even better.

Movies: ‘Hidden Figures’ Simplifies Racial Realities
Movies

‘Hidden Figures’ Simplifies Racial Realities

But the feel-good, smash hit about black women NASA specialists has strong moments.

Movies: Meryl’s Metaphor For Our Times
Movies

Meryl’s Metaphor For Our Times

Oscar nominated turn in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins' a funny echo of Trump's rise.

Theater: Crivello Makes Al McGuire Come Alive
Theater

Crivello Makes Al McGuire Come Alive

Milwaukee native and Broadway actor returns for Rep’s ‘McGuire’ and nails it.

Theater: Rep’s ‘Disgraced’ Is Powerful, Provocative
Theater

Rep’s ‘Disgraced’ Is Powerful, Provocative

Play by Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar, Brookfield Central grad, is wowing audiences.

Art: The Wisconsin That Was
Art

The Wisconsin That Was

Artist Terese Agnew’s powerful exhibit celebrates, laments state’s progressive past.

Movies: ‘La La Land’ Is Audacious, Adorable
Movies

‘La La Land’ Is Audacious, Adorable

And will probably win every award in sight. But maybe it shouldn’t.

Movies: Jackie Kennedy As a Neurotic
Movies

Jackie Kennedy As a Neurotic

The film “Jackie" offers a fresh, powerful take on the grieving widow, but gets overdone.

Theater: Next Act’s Christmas Play Is Uneven
Theater

Next Act’s Christmas Play Is Uneven

1950s Milwaukee radio setting is grabby, but acting is a tad flat.

Theater: We Need ‘La Cage’ More Than Ever
Theater

We Need ‘La Cage’ More Than Ever

Skylight production of musical shows it’s still relevant -- and tons of fun.

Theater: ‘Drowning Girls’ Is Dry-Eyed Drama
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‘Drowning Girls’ Is Dry-Eyed Drama

Three brides victimized by serial killer tell their stories. It isn’t pretty.

Classical: Florentine’s ‘Sister Carrie’ Is a Triumph
Classical

Florentine’s ‘Sister Carrie’ Is a Triumph

World premiere boasts strong score, great cast, uneven drama.

Theater: Thoroughly Modern Musical
Theater

Thoroughly Modern Musical

Skylight’s ‘Violet’ is energetic version of Broadway show with all the modern music idioms.

Theater: Rep Stages Knockout Drama
Theater

Rep Stages Knockout Drama

‘The Royale’, loosely based on life of Jack Johnson, punches home the perils of black success.

Theater: <em>Lovely Sunday,</em> What a Farce
Theater

Lovely Sunday, What a Farce

Big laughs and big voices, not enough humanity.

Theater: Actresses Amuse in Chamber Theater Opener
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Actresses Amuse in Chamber Theater Opener

Wanasek and Hitchcock anchor uneven staging of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Theater: Skylight’s “Pirates” A Boatful of Laughs
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Skylight’s “Pirates” A Boatful of Laughs

Buoyed by nifty staging, fine singing, gags aplenty, it’s a huge hit with audiences.

Theater: ‘Ernest in Love’ Is a Delight
Theater

‘Ernest in Love’ Is a Delight

Musical version of classic Wilde comedy is a revelation. Don’t miss it.

Theater: A Masters Class in Period Posturing
Theater

A Masters Class in Period Posturing

Chamber Theatre’s “Fallen Angels” gets Coward’s comedy but not the more serious observations.

Theater: Let’s All Talk About Guns
Theater

Let’s All Talk About Guns

Rep’s “American Song” offers strong one-man show on the topic followed by second act of community discussion.

Theater: Creating Thunder From Small Forces
Theater

Creating Thunder From Small Forces

Skylight’s ‘Crowns’ blends powerfully-sung spirituals with a gender gap tale set in the South.

Theater: Growing Up Irish In Milwaukee
Theater

Growing Up Irish In Milwaukee

In Tandem offers solid staging of local playwright Mike Neville's bittersweet memory play.

Theater: A Nation at Urban War With Itself
Theater

A Nation at Urban War With Itself

Next Act offers powerful production of ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

Theater: ‘Mice and Men’ Still Moving
Theater

‘Mice and Men’ Still Moving

Milwaukee Rep production boasts strong lead actors and powerful scenic elements.

Theater: Hey Gang, We’re Putting on a Show!
Theater

Hey Gang, We’re Putting on a Show!

Chamber Theatre’s ‘Love Stories’ offers easy-going approach to interconnect three one acts.

Theater: Moses Scales the Mountain
Theater

Moses Scales the Mountain

Skylight’s sparkling staging of ‘My Fair Lady” paced by Norman Moses’ unforgettable Henry Higgins.

Theater: The Rep Tries Agatha Christie
Theater

The Rep Tries Agatha Christie

Its production of ‘The Mousetrap’ is fun but long on melodramatics.

Theater: The Short Happy Life of Emmett Till
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The Short Happy Life of Emmett Till

Renaissance production captures the joys and tragic end of the teen whose death inspired civil rights activists.

Theater: The Arab Among Us
Theater

The Arab Among Us

Next Act’s ‘Back of the Throat’ offers angry, absurdist look at post 9/11 fears.

Theater: Love (Sort Of) Between Poets
Theater

Love (Sort Of) Between Poets

Chamber Theatre production captures a mystic romance between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.

Theater: <i>Dear Elizabeth</i> is a Love Story
Theater

Dear Elizabeth is a Love Story

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre takes everyone, cast included, on a journey into a special romance.

Theater: The Rep Goes Back Home Again
Theater

The Rep Goes Back Home Again

Remarkable musicality keeps the audience engaged, despite the piece's shaky dramatic underpinnings.

Review: Lives of the Radium Girls
Review

Lives of the Radium Girls

Umbrella Group’s staging of true story about 1920s women working at the Radium Dial Company becomes a harrowing, human tragedy.

Review: <i>Inherit the Wind</i> Again?
Review

Inherit the Wind Again?

Next Act Theatre’s fine staging of Ten Questions revisits the issue of evolution vs. religion (and creationism). Who wins?

Theater: Rep’s <i>Five Presidents</i> Is Blandly Bipartisan
Theater

Rep’s Five Presidents Is Blandly Bipartisan

New play by “West Wing” writer is flat fare, but production is solid.

Theater: Local Boy Makes Good?
Theater

Local Boy Makes Good?

In Tandem struggles with Milwaukee playwright Neil Haven’s comic drama, Come Back.

Theater: <i>The Train Driver</i> Offers Magnetic Acting
Theater

The Train Driver Offers Magnetic Acting

MCT staging of Fugard play is packed with moral and theatrical lessons.

Review: Great Storytelling in <i>The Amish Project</i>
Review

Great Storytelling in The Amish Project

Deborah Staples shines, playing multiple characters, in riveting Rep show.

Review: <i>The Kreutzer Sonata</i> Is Elegant, Powerful
Review

The Kreutzer Sonata Is Elegant, Powerful

Renaissance staging imaginatively merges music and drama in captivating adaptation of Tolstoy story.

Review: Laura Gordon Is a Show Stopper
Review

Laura Gordon Is a Show Stopper

Her terrific performance anchors Milwaukee Rep’s probing comic drama, Good People.

Theater: MCT Shakespeare Spoof is a Nonstop Riot
Theater

MCT Shakespeare Spoof is a Nonstop Riot

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre show is fast--paced, hilarious parody and celebration of the Bard’s many plays.

Theater: The All-Too Invisible Six Foot Rabbit
Theater

The All-Too Invisible Six Foot Rabbit

Rep’s Harvey has comic touches, but lacks subtlety and depth.

Theater: Next Act Commits <i>Heresy</i>
Theater

Next Act Commits Heresy

A. R. Gurney’s futuristic parable offers strong views and weak drama, but a stellar cast does its best.

Theater: Lion King Is Still a Winner
Theater

Lion King Is Still a Winner

Even if you’ve seen it before, it can still surprise with its power and creativity.

Comedy: A Sudden Attack of Laughs
Comedy

A Sudden Attack of Laughs

Four wildly different comedy shows are coming to Milwaukee.

Theater: So This Gay Man Walks Into a Bookstore
Theater

So This Gay Man Walks Into a Bookstore

Rep’s production of after all the terrible things I do is strong, but play’s edgy encounter of book store owner and writer is uneven.

Theater: A Great <i>Glass Menagerie</i>
Theater

A Great Glass Menagerie

In Tandem Theatre production is smart, subtle and so true to Tennessee Williams.

Theater: Color Purple Offers a Really Good Cry
Theater

Color Purple Offers a Really Good Cry

Rep’s version of musical is splashy, flashy audience pleaser, but lacks depth.

Theater: ‘Rey’ Returns to the Midwest with Mystery and Magic
Theater

‘Rey’ Returns to the Midwest with Mystery and Magic

The Rep hosts an experimental two-person drama from an unpredictable young playwright

Review: In “The Good Father,” Artful Mastery of On-Stage Chemistry
Review

In “The Good Father,” Artful Mastery of On-Stage Chemistry

At the Milwaukee Chamber Theater, an unexpected pregnancy bridges the class divide in Ireland.

Theater: Marsha Norman on “The Color Purple”
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Marsha Norman on “The Color Purple”

While not involved in The Rep’s production of the “The Color Purple," she fashioned the dramatic spine the company is exploring.

Theater: The Glass Menagerie Is No Antique
Theater

The Glass Menagerie Is No Antique

In Tandem prepares to stage a fresh interpretation of the Tennessee Williams classic.

Theater: Capitol Steps Fever Hits the Pabst Theater
Theater

Capitol Steps Fever Hits the Pabst Theater

The comedy troupe, including former D.C. staffers, skewers farcical Washington.

Theater: Local Theater Companies Invest in the Unknown
Theater

Local Theater Companies Invest in the Unknown

Established Milwaukee theaters will present playwrights whose work may be unfamiliar to the local audience.

Theater: Big Changes At American Players Theatre
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Big Changes At American Players Theatre

New leadership and still lots to see at APT; and the Milwaukee Rep offers a country music cabaret show.

Theater: Iannone’s Own “Master Class”
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Iannone’s Own “Master Class”

Local talent reprises her acclaimed role as a diva in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s celebrated production.

Theater: APT’s <i>Earnest</i> A Bit Too Wilde
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APT’s Earnest A Bit Too Wilde

The cast handles witty language impeccably, but staging is overdone at times.

Theater: “Magical Thinking” Packs Power
Theater

“Magical Thinking” Packs Power

APT’s staging of Joan Didion book-turned-play is intimate, uneven yet powerful.

Theater: Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou?
Theater

Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou?

APT’s Romeo and Juliet is strong on action and pacing, and weak on the tragic meaning of it all.

Review: Going Crazy in Cleveland
Review

Going Crazy in Cleveland

Chamber Theatre deftly handles the antic farce, Lend Me a Tenor.

Review: Not Going Gently Into That Good Night
Review

Not Going Gently Into That Good Night

Next Act’s Three Views offers funny, insulting, despairing, poignant look at old age.

Theater: The Heart of the Matter
Theater

The Heart of the Matter

Longtime First Stage director Rob Goodman returns to direct a new play starring children at Acacia Theatre.

Theater: I Sing a Song of Sadness
Theater

I Sing a Song of Sadness

Actor James DeVita turns An Iliad into an epic tale of war and woe.

Theater: After the Fire is Over
Theater

After the Fire is Over

A family awaits news of a loved one’s fate at a chemical plant explosion. The Chamber Theatre offers an intense production.

Theater: A Twisted Tale of Slavery
Theater

A Twisted Tale of Slavery

Rep’s The Whipping Man offers intense look at a master and his freed slaves.

Theater: Rhythm of the Streets
Theater

Rhythm of the Streets

In the Heights floods the stage with the music of the barrio, but leaves the Skylight searching for more drama.

Theater: Not Easy to Talk About Race
Theater

Not Easy to Talk About Race

Mamet’s play pushes all the hot buttons, and Next Act and audience struggle with the results.

Theater: The Ghost of Judy Garland
Theater

The Ghost of Judy Garland

“End of the Rainbow” replays Garland’s last days in a backstage play that’s better musically than dramatically.

Theater: Still Radical After All These Years
Theater

Still Radical After All These Years

The Rep’s “Woody Sez” mixes Guthrie’s great music and still provocative politics.

Op-Ed: Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired
Op-Ed

Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired

The county board had ample grounds for dismissing the Corporation Counsel.

The Story Behind the Strike

The Story Behind the Strike

Thin reporting and overheated commentary have obscured the real story of why workers are striking against Palermo’s.