Ten years ago, no one would have thought of Milwaukee as a comedy hub. One of the reasons that’s slowly changing is the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
Experienced actors know creating a character is a discovery process. For some actors, understanding and ultimately embodying those characters can be cathartic.
Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet, was named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on June 30 — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.
The company announced the promotion six days after Copeland made her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire. The emotional performance ended with Copeland being greeted onstage by trailblazing black ballerinas of earlier generations.
Spring Awakening has always been a challenging play to me. Its music is undeniably beautiful, but just about everything else leaves me uncertain — the book’s occasionally saccharine interpretation of its edgy, often-troubling source material (a early 20th-century play of the same name), the widely varying tone of its scenes, the presumably intentional uncertainty of whether the rebellious teens or restrained parents are right.
In 1913, a young man named Leo Frank was accused of murdering a young girl he employed at his factory. But this was no everyday trial. Set amid the anxieties of a post-Reconstruction, early 20th century South, with a Jewish man originally from the North standing accused and the only other suspect a black man who becomes the key witness against his former employer, it could not be an everyday trial.
When Phylicia Rashad was filming her first scenes as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show in 1984, she had no idea she was a few years away from Emmy nominations for the role. A decade away from an NAACP Image Award for her follow-up role as Ruth Lucas in Cosby. Twenty years from her first Tony Award for playing Lena Younger in the 2004 revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.
Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Danceworks Performance Company know the magical possibilities that come from artistic collaboration. They will prove it in their upcoming show: Fairy Queen Fantasy, a romp through Milwaukee’s Lynden Sculpture Garden built around 17th century composer Henry Purcell’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."
Edwin Booth is arguably the most acclaimed, most beloved and most talented American actor to ever strut the boards, a tragedian who was a pioneer of naturalistic acting. Yet today that reputation is buried beneath the weight of his brother’s name: John Wilkes Booth.
If a dripping-wet Marlon Brando, clad in a torn T-shirt screaming “Stella!” is your first and last impression of A Streetcar Named Desire, it may be time to let American Players Theater enlighten you with the rest of the story.
The Spring Green company has mounted a powerful retelling of Tennessee Williams’ most famous work, sticking to the roots of the original stage version but updating the setting to a slightly more contemporary 1963 New Orleans.
The World’s Stage Theatre Company is one of Milwaukee’s younger theater companies, both in its own age and in the relative youth of its artistic and creative team members. Its latest show is the opposite: an old play both in terms of when it was premiered (1979) and the time period it depicts (1930s Nazi Germany).