On Stage

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.

'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.

‘Rocky Horror’ ends an Alchemist Theatre tradition

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 23:08

After years of terrifying audiences every Halloween, the Alchemist Theatre is wrapping up an annual Halloween series with The Rocky Horror Show, the source material for the cult film starring Tim Curry.
—Photo:Alchemist Theatre

For years, Aaron Kopec has been terrifying audiences with haunting Halloween shows at his theater, the Alchemist — tales of paranormal horror, devilish dealings and general terror. That all ends this year. Kopec’s declared this fall’s Halloween show will be the theater’s last, and they’re going out with a bang.

Off the Wall opens season with Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 09:58

David Flores (left) and Randall T. Anderson star as Tartuffe and his target Orgon.
—Photo: Off the Wall Theatre

Vice that masquerades as virtue is the stuff of which comedies and revolutions are made — one usually funnier than the other.

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.

‘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. 

‘Dreamgirls’ continues the Rep’s commitment to diverse storytelling

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:55

Nova Y. Payton, playing Effie White, will lead the Rep’s production of Dreamgirls.
—Photo: Michael Brosilow

When the Milwaukee Rep opens its season with Dreamgirls on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, the company will take another step toward fulfilling two continuing commitments made by artistic director Mark Clements. 

Fiery, passionate ‘Tosca’ to open Skylight’s season

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 September 2015 19:13

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.

Next Act’s ‘Back of the Throat’ finds absurdity in fear

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 25 September 2015 13:01

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Arab-American writer Khaled receives a visit from two government agents. Their friendly demeanor turns aggressively suspicious as the pair attempts to connect Khaled to the worst terrorist act ever to take place on U.S. soil.

A decade after ‘Wicked,’ Kristin Chenoweth remains ‘popular’ — and at the top of her craft

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:13

Whoever said good things come in small packages must have been thinking of Kristin Chenoweth. At 4 feet 11 inches, the singer/actress best known for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in the original production of Wicked has a height inversely proportional to her towering talent on the stage.

Comedian Jen Kirkman is feeling fine. Promise.

Written by Colton Dunham,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:29

Jen Kirkman. — PHOTO: Courtesy

In the opening of her Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), comedian, author and podcaster Jen Kirkman tells a story about overhearing someone ordering a drink and slowly realizing that person cannot tell the difference between a lemon and a lime. It’s like she’s a dear friend venting her frustrations with the world already, and it’s only been a few minutes.