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Bastille Days begin in Cathedral Square, and the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, has two different plays opening this weekend.

By - Jul 9th, 2013 04:00 am

Riverwest’s Kadish Park, where Optimist Theatre will stage “As You Like It” beginning this weekend.


Shakespeare strikes twice in Milwaukee this weekend. On one end of town, Optimist Theater presents As You Like It as its “Shakespeare in the Park” production for the year, beginning Friday, July 12. This year’s free show is located in a different spot than it has been the past three years, though – Optimist stages the comedy at Kadish Park, in Riverwest, rather than Alverno. The play runs July 12 to 21, and all performances begin at 8 p.m., although access to the park begins at 7 p.m.

Further south, the Alchemist Theatre continues its Year of Fear with King Lear, also opening on Friday, June 12. Directed by Leda Hoffman, this performance of Shakespeare’s family tragedy runs from July 12 to 27. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. every evening; tickets are $23 at the door, but are available online for $20.

Acadia Theater at Concordia University ends its season with Quilters, a musical celebrating the lives of pioneer women. This show runs from July 12 to 21, with curtain times at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16 and available online or by calling (414) 744-5995.


This week’s Starry Night Concert at the Wilson Center features the Dang-Its, a country/bluegrass group based out of Madison. This humorous and unusual show is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerlach Outdoor Theater in Mitchell Park. Picnics are encouraged, but food and beverages are also available for purchase at the venue.

Special Events

Eiffel TowerNow that Summerfest is over, Milwaukee’s weekly festivals resume with Bastille Days at Cathedral Square Park. Complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower, Bastille Days attracts over 250,000 visitors each year for French food and wine demos, roaming entertainers, live music and the annual Storm the Bastille run on Thursday. Events begin at 11 a.m. and run through midnight every evening except Sunday, which goes until 9 p.m. A full list of events and vendors can be found online.

To read a Third Coast Daily article about a particular show, please click on the show title. For more information about the show itself, please click on the venue.


Milwaukee Art Museum: Celebrating 125 Years of Art, through Aug. 10

Milwaukee Art Museum: Veterans Book Project: Objects for Deployment, through Sept. 2

Milwaukee Art Museum: 30 Americans, through Sept. 8

JMKAC: Uncommon Ground, through Sept. 6

0 thoughts on “MKE This Week: International Entertainment”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for including Acacia Theatre “Quilters” in your article but there are several incorrect pieces of information. Just a few things to correct: we are Acacia Theatre, in case you are looking for a google search, and unfortunately, you cannot purchase tickets online, but can call for ticket information. The performances are from July 12 – July 21, and the times are usually 8:00, but there are changes on Saturday and Sunday: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8pm; Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8pm; Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 3pm; Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8pm; Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8pm; Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4pm and 8pm; Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3pm.
    We hope you come and enjoy the show!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the update on so many of Milwaukee’s dramatic events! Where else can one find a city with so much culture and ethnicity that still has the friendliness of a small home-town? Great article!

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