From Jersey Boys to Midtown Men

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 October 2013 10:17

Michael Longoria -Photo: Courtesy

Unable to attend the Milwaukee production of “Jersey Boys”? Need a little more doo-wop? Fuhgedaboutit! The Midtown Men are making two stops in Wisconsin during their current 77-city tour.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 'Detective's Wife' rivets with suspense

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:18

Veteran Milwaukee stage actor Mary MacDonald Kerr fills the intimate Studio Theatre with suspense in the one-woman show “The Detective’s Wife.”

The play, by Chicago playwright Keith Huff, is a humdinger of a mystery. At intermission, audiences might think they’ve got the ending figured out. But when the lights finally fade to black, they’ll discover that more questions have been raised than answered.

Pinter's 'Betrayal' bares the soul of deception

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 11:07

English playwright Harold Pinter is the master of stripping characters to the nerve with disarmingly spare but astringent dialogue. The result can be a soul-cauterizing experience for the audience – an effect that’s made Pinter’s 1978 work “Betrayal” one of his most critically acclaimed.

“Betrayal,” which uses reverse chronology to tell a story inspired by one of the playwright’s extramarital affairs, was made into a 1983 film starring Jeremy Iron. It’s scheduled for a revival starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz that opens on Broadway on Oct. 27.

StageQ presents a gender-bending 'Much Ado'

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 09:51

StageQ, Madison’s LGBT theater troupe, will undertake Shakespeare for the first time this month with a “gender-queer” production of the Bard’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” The production, which opens the group’s 2013–14 season, will put less emphasis on the comedy and more on the romance of the story, according to new artistic director Audrey Lauren Wax.

Wax says StageQ’s contemporary retelling of the story will be nothing like Shakespeare fans have ever seen. 

Out singer-songwriter Krissy Krissy to perform in Madison

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:01

Krissy Krissy, a 23-year-old out singer-songwriter will perform in Madison on Oct. 2 at The Frequency. The show starts at 8 p.m.

She’s touring with the all-female bands Hunter Valentine and Girl in A Coma this fall. The tour – 20-plus dates in the United States and Canada – began in Nashville on Sept. 8.

Signs of the times
Billboards to display work by Milwaukee artists

Written by Pegi Christiansen,
Special to WiG
Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:43

A work by Francisco Mora, submitted by Latino Arts, Inc., that will be shown as part of Digital Billboard Art Month. - Photo: Courtesy

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 10, original work by Milwaukee artists will rotate on 18 digital billboards in the metro area to raise the visibility of the local public art scene.

Recipes for apple season

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 September 2013 10:48

As satisfying as it is to eat freshly picked apples straight up and unadorned, the chill of fall makes it equally tempting to head back to the kitchen and bake them into a pie.

Top chef restaurant concept? A NY village is offering free rent on Main Street

Written by MICHAEL HILL,
AP writer
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:31

Locals looking to land a buzz-worthy, foodie-friendly restaurant in a village in New York’s Hudson River area are offering the right chef a novel deal: Come to Catskill with a killer concept – maybe farm-to-table, gastro-pub or vegetarian – and get space on Main Street rent free for a year.

The hope is the right restaurant will give the growing number of arrivals from New York City an attractive place to eat. And maybe it will accelerate the kind of gentrification that has revived other river towns.

Elton John goes back to beginning on new album

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:30

A step back in time proved to be a forward-looking move for Elton John.

Upon the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett, the 66-year-old singer reverted to a musical format he used when starting out more than four decades ago. The new album features John, his piano and vocals backed primarily by bass and drums, with subtle embellishments.

In Tandem Theatre opens season with Milwaukee premiere of 'Burying the Bones'

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 12:08

Some of the most frightening ghosts are not ectoplasms floating through haunted houses, but the spirits of dark ideas that return to threaten continued harm. It’s the ghost of South African apartheid that haunts the characters in M.E.H. Lewis’ “Burying the Bones,” which opens the 2013–14 season of Milwaukee’s In Tandem Theatre Co.

At the center of the play, a Wisconsin premiere, is the character Mae (Malkia Stampley), who seeks the truth behind the disappearance of her husband James (Di’Monte Henning), a member of the African National Congress.

Milwaukee theaters find new ways to fill seats

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 10:10

Milwaukee is blessed with a wide array of theater venues and companies to suit almost everyone’s taste. But whether a theater company focuses on splashy, big-budget musicals or intimate dramas, every troupe has the same bottom-line interest: to stay in the black.

In order to achieve this goal, theater companies – like all performing arts groups – are getting more creative in designing ticket deals and special programs to attract new and/or young audiences. Their marketing efforts often require as much creative thinking as do their productions.

1st all-digital public library open in San Antonio

Written by The AP Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:52

BiblioTech is the nation’s first-of-its-kind digital public library system.

The facility in San Antonio, Texas, is meant to be more Apple store than traditional library.