Weekly Highlights from 2/17-2/23
Duet for One, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center, 2/18-3/14
In this play, musician Stephanie Abrahams admits to having a disease that may bring down the curtain on both her musical career and her marriage. Written by Tom Kempinski, this play is loosely based on the life of famed cellist Jacqueline du Pre.
Tickets $10-$38. Showtimes vary, so visit Milwaukee Chamber Theatre or call 414-291-7800 for more information.
Macbeth, Off the Wall Theatre, 2/18-3/7
In this staging, Dale Gutzman attempts to remind us that Macbeth is not a “pretty play.” Children are murdered on stage, and we are allowed glimpses into diseased minds. He promises that this production will take us into the horror and beauty of one of the greatest plays ever written.
Tickets $21.50-$25.50. Showtimes Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Visit Off the Wall or call 414-327-3552 for more information.
Pursuit of Love, Soulstice Theatre, Marian Center for Nonprofits, 2/18
Soulstice presents a set of funny, poignant, and timely short plays in an enhanced Readers Theatre format.
Tickets $12-$15. Visit Soulstice or call 414-431-3187.
Much Ado About Nothing, Carte Blanche Studios, 2/19-3/7
Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identity, confusion and jealousy.
Tickets $20. Showtime 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Visit Carte Blanche or call 262-716-4689.
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Grease, Marcus Center, 2/23-2/28
The famed Broadway musical, starring American Idol Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel, stops in Milwaukee for a limited run.
Tickets $67-$82. Showtimes vary, so visit the Marcus Center or call 414-273-7206.
Addition from last week:
Windfall Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Village Church Arts, 2/12-2/27
In a new translation by Mitchell Fay, Three Sisters performs Chekhov’s romantic Russian masterpiece in the company’s intimate performance space located at Village Church Arts, 130 E. Juneau Ave. Three Sisters follows the lives, loves and dreams of sisters Olga, Masha and Irina. Living in a stifling provincial town, identified in Chekhov’s letters as Perm, Russia’s eastern outpost along the Kama River nicknamed “the gateway to Siberia,” notorious during the cold war for its prison camp. Isolated in this remote village, the sisters long to return to Moscow where they grew up and were happy. But they find their hopes for an idyllic life at odds with the relentless real-world changes closing in on them.
Tickets $20. Showtime 8 p.m. Visit Windfall Theatre or call 414-332-3963.
The Four Seasons, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Marcus Center Uihlein Hall, 2/19-2/21
Nicholas McGegan conducts and plays harpsichord while Concertmaster Frank Almond plays and leads the Milwaukee Symphony in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Also, music by a 19-year-old Franz Schubert (his Symphony No. 4), which Schubert himself dubbed his “Tragic” Symphony.
Tickets $25-$93. Friday and Saturday curtain at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit the MSO or call 414-291-7605.
William Cepeda’s Puerto Rican Music Explosion, Latino Arts, Inc., 2/20
William Cepeda was born into Puerto Rican folk music royalty, but he is carving his own niche in Latin music with his interpretation of the rhythms and melodies of danza, bomba, plena and the folk music of the jibaro. He is an accomplished composer and trombonist, and he has collaborated with a diverse range of musicians including Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie.
Tickets $10-$20. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Visit Latino Arts, Inc. or call 414-384-3100.
All Brahms, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts, 2/21
Featuring Elizabeth Warne, violinist from the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra; Jayne Latva, piano; Erin Pipal, viola from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Marcia Spence, horn from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and Scott Cook, cellist from String Academy of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee. On the program are Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano in E-flat, Op. 40; Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25; and Intermezzo for Violin and Piano, Op. 118 No. 2.
Tickets $30. Concert begins at 2 p.m. Visit the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center or call 262-781-9520.
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2/18
Through dance, personal stories, humor and a company of performers whose ages span six decades, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange seeks to stretch the expressive range of contemporary dance.
Liz Lerman will be in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center from 2/14-3/15.
Tickets $29.95. Visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz is a screening of the beloved movie musical in its 70th anniversary edition, complete with lyric subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The event will start with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, Skylight Associate Artistic Director and Education Director Ray Jivoff, last seen as Roger de Bris in Skylight’s hit The Producers. After the vocal warm-up, there will also be a costume competition in which contestants are invited onstage. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes at each screening. Proceeds from the Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz event will directly support Skylight productions and education programs.
Tickets are $25 and include admission to the movie, the pre-show event and a $15 tax-deductible contribution to the Skylight Opera Theatre. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Visit the Skylight Opera or call 414-291-7800.
All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players
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