Top 10 theater moments of 2012

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP writer
Monday, 31 December 2012 05:42

Al Pacino came back again and Jessica Chastain showed up for the first time. “Annie” returned and so did “Evita” and “Elf.” Katie Holmes made a second appearance and that old stalwart “The Lion King” celebrated its 15th anniversary. Yes, 2012 was a year of old and new, theatrically speaking.

It also was a year in which the theater community tried to keep the show going despite several disasters – a natural one in Superstorm Sandy and two man-made ones in misleading monologist Mike Daisey and the phantom investors of “Rebecca.” None of those, of course, made our Top 10 list of the best moments in 2012:

At the movies. New film reviews

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 December 2012 12:46


Michael Haneke takes a subject you don’t often see in movies and probably don’t want to see – the slow, steady deterioration of an elderly woman – but handles it with grace.

Anne Hathaway shears her hair, and shares the story of her best year ever

Written by The Interview Feed Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:39

Newly married Anne Hathaway, 30, looks stunning in a black turtleneck sweater and white flared trousers. Her cropped hair, which was shorn for her role in the film version of “Les Misérables,” suits her. She’s doing interviews to promote the film, which critics say is likely to earn her another Oscar nomination.

Chef’s corner: Create an appetizing New Year’s Eve party

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 12:36

You and your partner have decided to entertain on New Year’s Eve this year, inviting old friends and new to welcome 2013 in style.

Not a bad plan, but what will you serve to make your event memorable? After all, New Year’s Eve is just not a chips-and-salsa event, and it’s too late to hire a caterer or personal chef.

‘Dishonored’ tops diverse year in games

Written by LOU KESTEN,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 December 2012 06:20

The video game universe in 2012 is a study in extremes.

At one end, you have the old guard striving to produce mass-appeal blockbusters. At the other end, you have a thriving community of independent game developers scrambling to find an audience for their idiosyncratic visions. Can’t we all just get along?

On the small screen. Reviews

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Staff writer
Friday, 28 December 2012 12:40

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Like its lead characters, ‘Romy and Michele’ fails test of time

Sparkling wines that will blow your cork

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:39

Cheers to 2013.

Are you strapped for ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve? Have you received a last-minute party invitation and don’t know what to bring?

Wigout on the town. Events calendar

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:40

~ Ongoing ~

Ring in the holiday season with First Stage’s production of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” adapted from the 1964 animated television special, through Dec. 30 in the Todd Wehr Theater at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Call 414-273-2787.

‘Girls,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘Smash’ among year’s best on TV

AP writer
Sunday, 30 December 2012 06:12

What was TV like in 2012? As with every year, it was a mix of the ridiculous and the sublime, the sacred and the profane.

A TV-centric political season provided many memorable moments – President Barack Obama’s missing-in-action debate performance; Clint Eastwood’s empty-chair duet. Excellence persevered with series such as HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” History’s surprisingly splendid “Hatfields & McCoys,” ABC’s promising new “Nashville,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and, of course, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” with its icky charm.

‘Memphis’ dancer says his life imitates the play’s heart

Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:41

Kyle Leland.

For every loss, there is equal gain, and for every gain equal loss, according to Kyle Leland. That life philosophy has helped the out dancer and choreographer through difficult times, but his current role as dance captain for the traveling production of “Memphis” is most definitely a time of gain and increased self-awareness.

Gilbert & Sullivan return to the Skylight New Year’s Eve with a wacky revue that takes a modern approach

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:37

History tells us that librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan hated each other so much that they wouldn’t communicate for years at a time. When they finally did collaborate, many of their works were left unfinished because they were unsatisfactory to one or the other – or both of them.

‘Around the Corner with John McGivern’ opens with profile of Shorewood

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:39

His travels for the popular Milwaukee Public Television series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” landed the actor in Shorewood last summer to film an episode that was chosen to open the program’s second season on Jan. 10.

The north shore Milwaukee community is one of the state’s most liberal and colorful suburbs – and one that’s close to the city’s East Side. That’s where McGivern grew up surrounded by characters who became some of his most entertaining and beloved stage material.