Alchemist's 'Rocky' commits to B-movie magic

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:56

If your only concept of live Rocky Horror is dropping in on the Oriental for a midnight showing — or worse, if you’ve never done that either — you should only have one goal this October: Get to the Alchemist Theater's production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Listen up young people, John Waters has some life lessons to pass on.

Broadway’s new ‘Spring Awakening’ opens its arms to all

AP Drama Writer
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 06:55

Little can contain the new, electrifying version of “Spring Awakening” now on Broadway.  

Actors use their faces, mouths and hands to communicate. Projections offer song lyrics and dialogue. Performers run through the theater aisles, even occupying a box seat. Musicians roam the stage with their instruments. At one point, incense fills the theater.

The Milwaukee Symphony embarks on the hunt for Edo de Waart’s successor

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 26 September 2015 03:20

It’s transition time for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. For several years, the company has been led by internationally renowned music director and conductor Edo de Waart, with the aid of associate conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, but 2015 marks the beginning of the end for that partnership — and the beginning of the hunt for a new leader to guide Milwaukee’s premier orchestra.

Review: ‘Freeheld’ is based on real-life domestic partner case

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP national writer
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:52

Ellen Page and Julianne Moore in 'Freeheld,' based on a true story of discrimination

Few actresses bring the simple authenticity to the screen that Julianne Moore does; it’s virtually impossible to imagine this actress sounding a false note. And so it’s hardly a surprise that she is deeply convincing — indeed, heartbreaking at times — in the real-life role of Laurel Hester, a dying woman who fought to her last breath to give her domestic partner rights to her pension benefits.

Review: Damon charms as stranded astronaut in ‘The Martian’

Written by SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:38

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed.

Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, “The Martian.”

The Milwaukee Rep dreams big with 'Dreamgirls'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Sunday, 27 September 2015 14:35

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

The biggest, splashiest thing about the Milwaukee Rep's season-opening musical is the ensemble of performers, who use a mostly bare stage to sing their hearts out.

‘Rumore’ places refugees’ plight center stage

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 25 September 2015 19:05

Original cast member Alessandro Renda will perform Rumore di Acque.— Photo: Theatre Gigante

Turn on the news on any given night of the week and the struggles of the Syrian refuges stare back at you. They are individuals clinging to a hope for survival by crossing the Mediterranean. 

UNL art students recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’

Lincoln Journal Star
Monday, 05 October 2015 08:39

University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Richards Hall houses a ceramics workshop, a fabrication space and the one-room Medici Gallery reserved for student work. The closest thing to a study lounge, however, is a couch in the hallway.

Haley Heesacker, 26, saw an opportunity to provide fellow fine arts students with a temporary study space, one that lends itself to learning about the classics.

'The Walk,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is a big-screen balancing act

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:16

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as famed high-wire stunt walker Philippe Petit in 'The Walk/' —Photo: Courtesy

Robert Zemeckis’ big, cinematic tale of Philippe Petit’s audacious 1974 World Trade Center high-wire stunt is itself a bold balancing act in a lost art.

'Dear Elizabeth' brings a storied poetic friendship to life at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Saturday, 26 September 2015 09:03

'Dear Elizabeth' depicts the friendship of poets Elizabeth Bishop (Carrie Hitchcock) and Robert Lowell (Norman Moses) through letters. Photo by Paul Ruffalo.

Local actors Carrie Hitchcock and Norman Moses embody lifelong friends and poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, telling their own sort of love story through the letters they exchanged for more than 30 years.

Injustices exposed in new Prairie du Sac exhibition

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 25 September 2015 13:17

Cultural commentators become transformative artists in Kelly Parks Snider’s Hidden in Plain Sight. Her new exhibition, decrying inequality of all kinds, makes collaborators out of nationally regarded political and social justice experts.

The multimedia show opened on Sept. 24 at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, in south-central Wisconsin. It moves to Milwaukee on Jan. 17.