A piece of art can be as expensive as the marketplace allows, but is it worth the price of a friendship? That question drives Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play “Art,” which opens Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 2013-14 season.
Author Gustave Flaubert once said that God’s three greatest creations were the ocean, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” Can Wisconsin’s finest repertory theater company fulfill the expectations that come with staging such a lauded work?
7 p.m., June 27
What is it about female comedians and their gays? There’s comedy godmother Joan Rivers and queer comic Margaret Cho, both of whom make a point of speaking directly to their beloved and adoring gay audiences. And then there’s comedy diva Kathy Griffin. Combining her love for the gays (hello, Anderson Cooper) and gossip, Griffin has created a brand of comedy that is both an homage to Rivers and outrageously original. She’s easily the most irreverent comic onstage, male or female.
From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to “Muskie Love,” from classical violinist Ilya Kaler to out folk duo Indigo Girls, a surprising range of entertainment is set to appear in Door County this summer. There’s a good chance you’ll find something on a starry peninsula night to tickle your funny bone or strum your heartstrings.
Out singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez spent years trying to make a go of it as an independent musician before achieving the recognition she deserves. Martinez found her groove on the 2011 season of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she was championed by musician and “Voice” judge Cee-Lo Green and won third place. The attention and acclaim she received not only increased the size of her following, but also earned Martinez a major-label record deal with Universal Republic.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced” was written by former Wisconsin resident and author Ayad Akthar and directed off-Broadway by Kimberly Senior, who also directs Door County’s Peninsula Players.
Equal amounts of piffle and pot-stirring lie at the heart of W. Somerset Maugham’s comedy “Too Many Husbands,” staged at American Players Theatre’s Up The Hill Theatre. But in the hands of director and “master chef” David Frank, the rather thin farce froths into one of the Spring Green troupe’s most enjoyable productions this season.
Now in her fifth decade as a recording artist, singer/songwriter Cris Williamson was instrumental in the founding of the now-defunct Olivia Records, the influential, independent women-owned record label. Olivia released multiple recordings that have become iconic in the women’s music canon, including Williamson’s “The Changer and the Changed.” In the nearly 40 years since its release, Williamson has put out some 20 more discs, including her latest, the double-disc set “Pray Tell.”
Even William Shakespeare had to learn to walk before he could run. But from the least of his efforts there are still lessons to be learned.
“The Book of Mormon” is one of the funniest and most profane shows to appear on a musical stage. Maybe that’s to be expected, considering it’s the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of “South Park,” working together with “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez.