Dominique Paul Noth

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Theater: ‘2 Pianos, 4 Hands’, Some Laughs
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‘2 Pianos, 4 Hands’, Some Laughs

Milwaukee Rep’s cabaret comedy offers piano virtuosity, many gags and slight plot.

Movies: ‘Give Me Liberty’ Is All Milwaukee
Movies

‘Give Me Liberty’ Is All Milwaukee

Milwaukee director’s acclaimed film is unique: funny, sad and filled with humanity.

Theater: Chamber Theatre Sets Farce in Sheboygan
Theater

Chamber Theatre Sets Farce in Sheboygan

‘Unnecessary Farce’ is yes, a farce that’s uneven, but fast moving fun.

Theater: Skylight Hires New Artistic Director
Theater

Skylight Hires New Artistic Director

New York-based director Michael Unger hired. Ponasik will continue as artistic advisor.

Theater: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Has Hits, Misses
Theater

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Has Hits, Misses

Skylight production has two strong leads and provides lots of (sometimes corny) fun.

Classical: The Florentine’s ‘Night at the Opera’ Bows
Classical

The Florentine’s ‘Night at the Opera’ Bows

Not a remake of the 1930s comedy film, but maybe the Bucks caused the sparse turnout.

Theater: So There Was This Barbershop Quartet
Theater

So There Was This Barbershop Quartet

Whose lead singer died, provoking jokes and songs in In Tandem’s ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’.

Theater: ‘Two Trains Running’ Is a Powerful Ride
Theater

‘Two Trains Running’ Is a Powerful Ride

Rep production captures August Wilson’s great characters and social poetry.

Theater: Chamber Theatre’s Comic War on Slavery
Theater

Chamber Theatre’s Comic War on Slavery

‘Ben Butler’ is set in Civil War with lessons for today, but the message and buffoonery are over-played.

Theater: In Tandem Readies Its Final Play
Theater

In Tandem Readies Its Final Play

Two-decade-old theater’s last show ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’ opens April 25.

Theater: Suicide, Depression and… Comedy
Theater

Suicide, Depression and… Comedy

Rep’s ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ engages and amuses audience on some dark subjects.

Theater: “The King And I,” 68 Years Later
Theater

“The King And I,” 68 Years Later

Touring show is strong, smart revival, but still raises issues about changing cultural attitudes.

Theater: “Annie Jump” Is a Technical Triumph
Theater

“Annie Jump” Is a Technical Triumph

New play premiered by Renaissance has great atmosphere, but mawkish scenarios.

Classical: Sex in the Roman Empire, Well Sung
Classical

Sex in the Roman Empire, Well Sung

Florentine’s ‘Poppea’ offers lust and neuroses, well staged with big juicy voices.

Theater: Skylight’s ‘Carmina Burana’ Will Wow You
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Skylight’s ‘Carmina Burana’ Will Wow You

The most original and mesmerizing production I’ve seen this season.

Theater: Mother Knows Best
Theater

Mother Knows Best

Rep’s family play ‘Things I Know to Be True’ is uneven, but audience seems captivated.

Theater: In Tandem’s Two Hander A Treat
Theater

In Tandem’s Two Hander A Treat

In 'Velocity', aging mother and estranged son fight over her independence, with dramatic, witty results.

Theater: ‘Strange Snow’ Probes Vietnam War Wounds
Theater

‘Strange Snow’ Probes Vietnam War Wounds

Chamber Theatre production is uneven but packs a punch.

Oscar Films: ‘Cold War’ Could Cause Oscar Confusion
Oscar Films

‘Cold War’ Could Cause Oscar Confusion

But black-and-white Polish film about romance amid Cold War is beautiful, bewitching.

Oscar Films: ‘Buster Scruggs’ Is Not To Be Missed
Oscar Films

‘Buster Scruggs’ Is Not To Be Missed

Yet many haven’t seen this wonderfully creepy Coen Brothers cowboy movie homage.

Oscar Films: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is a Sonic Spectacle
Oscar Films

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is a Sonic Spectacle

Nominee Rami Malek soars as Freddie Mercury. And the sound effects, wow!

Oscar Films: Should ‘Black Panther’ Win Best Picture?
Oscar Films

Should ‘Black Panther’ Win Best Picture?

A watershed for black inclusion that’s grossed $1.4 billion — but not a great film.

Oscar Films: Two RBG Films, One Good, One Bad
Oscar Films

Two RBG Films, One Good, One Bad

She’s so omnipresent maybe they could hire justice Ginsburg as Oscar host.

Theater: See the Exotic Chinese Lady!
Theater

See the Exotic Chinese Lady!

Rep’s 'The Chinese Lady' probes a 19th century carny show and white attitudes about immigrants.

Oscar Films: ‘The Wife’ and the Best Actresses
Oscar Films

‘The Wife’ and the Best Actresses

Several strong nominees but Glenn Close’s performance in 'The Wife' stands out.

Oscar Films: ‘Roma’ Is a Masterpiece
Oscar Films

‘Roma’ Is a Masterpiece

But will its origin via Netflix doom its chances of winning Academy’s favor?

Oscar Films: Despite Naysayers, ‘Green Book’ Is a Treat
Oscar Films

Despite Naysayers, ‘Green Book’ Is a Treat

Two great acting performances and the story’s often subtle about black-white divisions.

Oscar Films: My ‘Favourite’ Royal Costume Drama
Oscar Films

My ‘Favourite’ Royal Costume Drama

'Mary, Queen of Scots' is far less satisfying than 'The Favourite’. The reasons are many.

Oscar Films: ‘Vice’ Is Short on Virtues
Oscar Films

‘Vice’ Is Short on Virtues

Great makeup artistry, but not comic enough to be comedy or deep enough for drama.

Theater: The Tangled Roots of Racism
Theater

The Tangled Roots of Racism

Next Act’s “Blood at the Root” hits hard, but lacks subtlety and shading.

Theater: Going Crazy for Louis Jordan
Theater

Going Crazy for Louis Jordan

Skylight’s ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ is a dance party that’s more about music than story.

Theater: Up a Lazy River
Theater

Up a Lazy River

Rep’s cabaret show “Mark Twain’s River of Song” meanders too easily into cliches.

Theater: Science, Sexism and the Nobel Prize
Theater

Science, Sexism and the Nobel Prize

Renaissance staging of Photograph 51 champions double helix discoverer Rosalind Franklin.

Theater: Rep’s ‘Junk’ Is Fast-Paced Thriller
Theater

Rep’s ‘Junk’ Is Fast-Paced Thriller

Big cast of juicy characters and dark, witty look at Wall Street junk bond deals of 1980s.

Theater: Black Nativity Explodes With Song
Theater

Black Nativity Explodes With Song

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble brings us the old story with modern musical trappings.

Theater: ‘Babylon’ Is Funny As Hell
Theater

‘Babylon’ Is Funny As Hell

Though second act flags a bit, Chamber Theatre’s new Christmas play is a theatrical triumph.

Theater: Skylight’s ‘Hairspray’ Offers Non-Stop Energy
Theater

Skylight’s ‘Hairspray’ Offers Non-Stop Energy

Production has show stopping numbers, but lacks heart and humanity.

Theater: The Return of Jane Austen
Theater

The Return of Jane Austen

Rep’s new play updates Austen’s characters, but with far too much cuteness and cavorting.

Theater: Rep Skillfully Struts Its Stuff
Theater

Rep Skillfully Struts Its Stuff

Cabaret show, ‘The All Night Strut!” has great cast and staging, but pushes a tad hard for your love.

Theater: Tale of the Woodcarver
Theater

Tale of the Woodcarver

Unique theater-dance piece explores the life of Wisconsin artist Levi Fisher Ames.

Theater: Don’t You Be My Neighbor
Theater

Don’t You Be My Neighbor

Renaissance staging of ‘Native Gardens’ pits a white couple against the Hispanic couple next door.

Classical: “Prince of Players” Is Musically Thin
Classical

“Prince of Players” Is Musically Thin

Florentine production a visual treat, but Carlisle Floyd’s opera puts little meat on bones of gender-bender story.

Theater: Humor and Horror at the Taj Mahal
Theater

Humor and Horror at the Taj Mahal

Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Guards at the Taj’ is a gripping mix of fantasy, history, comedy and tragedy.

Theater: Next Act Wins Irish Sweepstakes
Theater

Next Act Wins Irish Sweepstakes

Staging of John Patrick’s Shanley’s Irish-y comic drama has great acting by four of town’s top actors.

Theater: Skylight’s ‘Pippin’ Is a Puzzle
Theater

Skylight’s ‘Pippin’ Is a Puzzle

All that energy and pizzaz for musical set in Middle Ages, but what does it all mean?

Theater: Dogs, Cats and Humans Who Love Them
Theater

Dogs, Cats and Humans Who Love Them

MCT production of Irish play, "Chapatti" is a triumph of terrific acting.

Theater: Rep’s New Stackner Cabaret a Hit
Theater

Rep’s New Stackner Cabaret a Hit

Opening show, "Songs for Nobodies," is showcase for singer-actress Bethany Thomas.

Theater: Story Of a Great American Actor
Theater

Story Of a Great American Actor

Theater Red and Angela Iannone give us a new play about legendary 19th century actor Edwin Booth.

Theater: Tragedy and Laughter at APT
Theater

Tragedy and Laughter at APT

Exit the King and enter Billie Dawn, in two wildly different plays and production styles.

Theater: The Miracle of American Players Theatre
Theater

The Miracle of American Players Theatre

Actors, critics and audiences gather in Spring Green for classical theater.

Theater: Skylight’s Urinetown Is Fast-Paced Fun
Theater

Skylight’s Urinetown Is Fast-Paced Fun

But the musical itself feels less subversive that it once did.

Classical: ‘Magic Flute’ Boasted Strong Cast
Classical

‘Magic Flute’ Boasted Strong Cast

But Florentine’s staging sometimes seemed at odds with its singers.

Theater: ‘The Fantasticks’ Is… Fantastic
Theater

‘The Fantasticks’ Is… Fantastic

Strong cast, good voices, fresh take on an old classic by In Tandem Theatre.

Theater: A National Conversation About Guns
Theater

A National Conversation About Guns

On Friday, theaters across the U.S. will do readings of “Natural Shocks’, a new humorous play about guns.

Theater: Is “Our Town” Still Relevant Today?
Theater

Is “Our Town” Still Relevant Today?

Milwaukee Rep’s solid production suggests the answer is (mostly) yes.

Op Ed: Abele’s $1 Million Power Play
Op Ed

Abele’s $1 Million Power Play

His LeadershipMKE group muddies the waters for April election.

Classical: “Tales of Hoffman” Is Inventive, Enchanting
Classical

“Tales of Hoffman” Is Inventive, Enchanting

Skylight and Milwaukee Opera collaboration finds more than great music in Offenbach’s romantic tale.

Classical: Florentine Offers Opera’s Greatest Hits
Classical

Florentine Offers Opera’s Greatest Hits

And the result is a lovely showcase of great songs and great performers.

Theater: Rep’s World Premiere A Letdown
Theater

Rep’s World Premiere A Letdown

“One House Over” is noble effort, but both play and production lack depth.

Movies: Who Will Win the Oscars?
Movies

Who Will Win the Oscars?

A rundown with reviews of top movies.

Theater: The Man Who Almost Lost His Mind
Theater

The Man Who Almost Lost His Mind

In Tandem’s production of a play about Alzheimer’s misfires, but Jim Pickering is fun.

Theater: ‘The Brothers Size’ Upsets Expectations
Theater

‘The Brothers Size’ Upsets Expectations

Play by rising black playwright mixes dance, music and more in potent MCT production.

Movies: ‘Wonder’ Is Not So Wondrous
Movies

‘Wonder’ Is Not So Wondrous

Story about child with deformed face depends on stereotypes — and Julia Roberts.

Movies: Could Horror Film Grab Oscars?
Movies

Could Horror Film Grab Oscars?

Jordan Peele’s 'Get Out’ is a horror thriller with sly commentary on racial relations.

Movies: The Western That Wanted Oscars
Movies

The Western That Wanted Oscars

‘Hostiles” was touted as “best western since ‘Unforgiven.’” Dead wrong.

Movies: ‘Molly’s Game’ Is a Fast-Paced Romp
Movies

‘Molly’s Game’ Is a Fast-Paced Romp

Director-writer Aaron Sorkin, actress Jessica Chastain propel high-stakes poker world.

Movies: Day-Lewis Haunting in ‘Phantom Thread’
Movies

Day-Lewis Haunting in ‘Phantom Thread’

And writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is his brilliantly perverse accomplice.

Theater: Skylight’s Sci-Fi Musical Is a Blast
Theater

Skylight’s Sci-Fi Musical Is a Blast

‘Zombies From the Beyond’ sends up B movies of ‘50s and much more.

Movies: An Art Film for Today’s Generation
Movies

An Art Film for Today’s Generation

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is slow, idyllic, humane, and Oscar-nominated.

Classical: Small Is Beautiful for Florentine
Classical

Small Is Beautiful for Florentine

Intimate production of two Baroque operas is a charming change of pace.

Movies: The Newspaper Publisher As Heroine
Movies

The Newspaper Publisher As Heroine

Spielberg’s 'The Post’ is timed to today, and Meryl Streep’s Katherine Graham sells it.

Theater: A Russian Comic Mystery Drama
Theater

A Russian Comic Mystery Drama

Renaissance production of ‘Russian Transport’ covers all the bases powerfully.

Movies: McDormand Oscar-Worthy in ‘Three Billboards’
Movies

McDormand Oscar-Worthy in ‘Three Billboards’

Role of ferocious mother dominates grim, funny film by Irish playwright.

Movies: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Is Stunning
Movies

‘The Shape Of Water’ Is Stunning

Director’s distinctive style creates a beauty-and-beast romance in a dark fascist world.

Movies: Is ‘Lady Bird’ Overrated?
Movies

Is ‘Lady Bird’ Overrated?

A fine coming-of-age film, yes, but surely oversold by critics.

Theater: Rep’s ‘Animal Farm’ Is Heavy Hoofing
Theater

Rep’s ‘Animal Farm’ Is Heavy Hoofing

Adaptation of Orwell’s allegorical novel has strong visuals, but plodding pace.

Movies: Refighting World War II
Movies

Refighting World War II

‘Dunkirk' and 'Darkest Hour' bring back Churchill, Fortress Britain and big movie themes.

Movies: No, I Didn’t Kneecap Nancy
Movies

No, I Didn’t Kneecap Nancy

“I Tonya” is a gripping, blackly comic bio of infamous ice skater Tonya Harding.

Theater: An Old Milwaukee Christmas
Theater

An Old Milwaukee Christmas

Chamber Theatre’s “Miracle on South Division Street” feels very Milwaukee, despite creaky script.

Theater: Next Act Offers an Acting Clinic
Theater

Next Act Offers an Acting Clinic

Comic drama “The Secret Mask” is uneven, but well-directed actors give it power.

Theater: Oh, How New ‘Annie” Seems
Theater

Oh, How New ‘Annie” Seems

‘70s musical seems to comment on today’s politics, in a Skylight show that shines.

Theater: Searching For the Real Sherlock
Theater

Searching For the Real Sherlock

Rep’s ‘Holmes and Watson’ puzzle play has second half sparks after a talky first half.

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
Theater

‘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
Theater

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
Theater

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
Theater

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: In Tandem’s Musical Sneaks Up on Audiences
Review

In Tandem’s Musical Sneaks Up on Audiences

Little by Little is a smart and smartly staged musical about three romantically-entangled friends coming of age.

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”
Theater

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
Theater

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
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“Magical Thinking” Packs Power

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

Theater: Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.