Playwright Christopher Durang’s most famous work, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," may be strongly influenced by the plays of 19th-century Russian writer Anton Chekhov. But it’s the contemporary elements he’s woven in, including quasi-autobiographical details pulled from his life and that of friends like Yale Drama School classmate Sigourney Weaver, that gives its characters the energy, vitality and pathos needed to rise above stereotypes and give the play its lasting comedic appeal.
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play, Durang’s classic/contemporary mashup will conclude Forward Theater’s 2014–15 season, running April 9-26 at the Overture Center.
Before 2011, Foxygen was just two kids from California who hadn’t made it big yet. That year, producer Richard Swift discovered them and started a chain of events that turned Jonathan Rado and Sam France into two of the hottest new experimental rock artists in indie music.
The band has released three studio albums since, including 2014’s "...And Star Power," and gained a reputation for both crazy stage antics and backstage feuding. Earlier this month, they surprised fans by announcing that their summer tour, which will take them through Milwaukee on April 7, will also be their last, making the Turner Hall show bigger than ever.
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is one of Wisconsin’s longest standing regional orchestras, founded in 1913. In its heyday, GBSO members commuted from across the state and as far away as Chicago to rehearse and perform. Even now, performing at UW–Green Bay’s Weidner Center, the orchestra is a professional company with a dedicated youth symphony orchestra program, filling a vital role in its community.
On April 11, it will perform what may be its final concert. Facing a climate of declining ticket sales and “donor fatigue” — with former beneficiaries who have financially supported the organization throwing in the towel — the organization announced last year that 2014–15 would be the orchestra’s final season.
The "Justified Art!" exhibit now on display at Madison’s Overture Center is perhaps too timely. One of its most gripping works, Nafis White’s “Can I Get a Witness?,” consists of a bright neon sign with the same words, near a list of people killed by police: Trayvon Martin; Eric Garner; Michael Brown.
At the top of the list is Tony Robinson, the biracial Madison teen shot and killed earlier this month by Madison police officer Matt Kenny.
An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June.
"Van Gogh and Nature" is the first exhibit devoted to the artist's exploration of nature.
For most of us, salads are mainly unplanned affairs. Which is why the idea of salad cookbooks can seem kind of silly.
Salad assembly generally is a pathetic — and pathetically easy — process that involves grabbing whatever greens haven’t wilted at the back of the refrigerator, piling on whatever other vegetables are handy — and if we’re feeling indulgent maybe some leftover protein and cheese — and calling it good. Follow a recipe? Not likely.
Since 1976, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been a valued partner to its orchestra, performing alongside it whenever needed. On March 28 and March 29, the stage is their own. In "MSO a cappella," the chorus will perform a series of vocal works without the usual orchestral accompaniment.
“This is not the first time we’ve done a concert like this,” said chorus director Lee Erickson in a recent phone interview. But, he adds, the last such installment was five years ago, making the upcoming concert something of a special occasion.
The past year has been an interesting adventure for Natalie Portman. Following her marriage to long-time boyfriend Benjamin Millepied, director of the ballet department of the Paris Opera, the Oscar-winning actress moved to Paris last year with the couple’s 3-year-old son. She’s been soaking up French culture and adapting to her new world as wife, mother and Parisienne.
There’s a saying around the Milwaukee Rep that “the company is built on the backs of interns.” That sentiment might come off as a joke if the people saying it weren’t so appreciative, or acutely aware that it’s true.