Ava Pine's Cleopatra made the slog through Florentine's 'Julius Caesar' worth the effort

Written by Tom Strini,
Special to WiG
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:34

Ava Pine as Cleopatra. Photo: Kathy Wittman Ball Square Films for the Florentine Opera

Whenever Ava Pine, as Cleopatra, sang on March 28, we heard and saw the glory of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Otherwise, not so much.

Milwaukee Comedy’s growth proves Brew City has great sense of humor

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:57

When Matt Kemple started Milwaukee Comedy back in 2006, the goal was simple: to put together an annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival in August.

Fierce humor colors Next Act’s ‘Three Views of the Same Object’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 16:40

Real life does not offer any “do-overs” — the chance to see how things would have turned out if key decisions had been made differently. But in art, all things are possible. The characters in Next Act Theatre’s Milwaukee premiere of Three Views of the Same Object live out three different versions of the same life-and-death scenario.

The play, which was to open April 3, concerns the end-of-life decisions made by Poppy and Jesse, two aging academics who have had quite enough of worldly challenges and not enough of each other. In their younger days, they’d agreed that if one died first, the other would willingly follow. But now the time is drawing near, and each is having doubts.

Off the Wall's 'Romeo & Juliet' has ageless charm

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 28 March 2014 16:12

Marilyn White and Dale Gutzman as Juliet and Romeo, respectively

Here’s the inevitable challenge with Romeo and Juliet: finding actors who are talented enough to bring gravitas to the roles of the doomed lovers and yet young enough to convincingly portray them.

Sleeper Agent headed to Wis. in support of new album 'About Last Night'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:27

Sleeper Agent, the self-described “overachieving little garage-pop act that could,” moved to a major label for its sophomore album About Last Night. The results? A number of the ragged, sharp edges got filed off, making the sound cleaner and more polished.

Pharrell Williams’ promising 2014

Written by The Interview Feed Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:28

Pharrell Williams’ hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” defined pop music in 2013, but it seems already that this year offers even greater things to come for the eternally youthful 40-year-old. In January, he won four Grammys, including one for producer of the year. He performed his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, although it lost to “Let It Go.” His studio album GIRL dropped on March 3, and he’s adding yet another fashion collaboration — this time with Adidas Originals — to his growing number of partnerships.

‘Invulnerability’ dramatizes Superman’s Jewish roots

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 10:45

The History of Invulnerability, the final play of the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse season, could be seen simply as a memory play about Jerry Siegel, the man who created Superman, and his life before and after he sold the rights to his creation, then fought to win them back.

Eminem, Outkast, Lorde to perform at Lollapalooza

Written by The AP Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:48

Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced this week.

The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys and electronic dance music stars Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

Dan Kazemi hits all the right notes in directorial debut with The Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:08

Christopher James Culberson and Kenney M. Green (foreground) and  Erin Willis and Britney Coleman in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stacker Cabaret production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. -Photo: Michael Brosilow

As the last show of its Stackner Cabaret season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is staging Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical revue that celebrates the work of Harlem Renaissance icon Fats Waller.

George Michael's voice soars on 'Symphonica'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 16:46

The best news about George Michael’s first album of all-new recordings in 10 years is that his vocal talent and charisma have not dimmed with time. Unfortunately, Symphonica feels a bit snoozy. His long-term fans likely want something uptempo on the order of “Faith,” “Freedom ’90” or “Amazing” before the music winds up with the 1940s pop standard “You’ve Changed.” 

‘Les Miserables’ returns to Broadway

Written by The AP Monday, 31 March 2014 12:22


The barricades have once again gone up on Broadway. Are they worth dropping everything and joining this time?

Newly discovered Tennessee Williams story published

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:25

Tennessee Williams

Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend — if only in name —to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.