How in Hell would you spend your last hour on Earth if you knew you were going to die?
The quirkiness of Bay View’s Boulevard Theatre is immediately clear from the (long) recorded message on its answering machine. The caller is reprimanded in advance for coming late, since no latecomers can possibly be seated, because the house manager also performs in the play.
Set during World War II, the play “Aimée and Jaguar” chronicles the unlikely but true story of a passionate romantic relationship between two women in war-torn Berlin.
James DeVita is known locally as a consummate classical actor, primarily for his many lead Shakespearean roles in Spring Green, Milwaukee and beyond.
To watch DeVita play himself and explain his profession in his one-man show “Acting Shakespeare” is to journey with the actor/writer to a whole new level of self-exploration, vulnerability and, ultimately, passion.
It’s been 87 years since Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb murdered 14-year-old Robert “Bobby” Franks, son of a Chicago millionaire, simply for the thrill of it. Their trial, in which they were represented by famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow, was dubbed “the trial of the century.” The case spawned books, plays and films, including “Compulsion,” starring Orson Welles, and “Rope,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Family gatherings at the holidays can be a tricky business, especially if family members haven’t seen each other for a while. For the holiday gathering that sparks playwright James Goldman’s black comedy “The Lion in Winter,” revenge ends up being the main course served.
This spring, Broadway is putting on shows that are certain to draw LGBT audiences from all over the world, along with at least one offering of special interest to cheeseheads. If you’re headed to the Big Apple, here’s what you don’t want to miss.
It’s a typical afternoon at the Milwaukee Ballet rehearsal spaces. Dancers lounge around waiting to practice, observing other dancers in motion from the viewing balcony on the second floor. They whisper their approval when one of those rehearsing below executes a difficult move.
Vaslav Nijinsky came from the classical world of ballet. Isadora Duncan emerged from the outer galaxy of what is now known as modern dance. Together, they revolutionized the dance world and at times scandalized the world around them by promoting ideas and lifestyles far ahead of their time.
Isn’t it obvious that tomorrow is another day?
It was to newspaperman Ben Hecht, who was hired by Hollywood producer David O. Selznick to rewrite a script based on a novel that Hecht disliked. In an attempt to save his high-profile, costly film version of that book, Selznick locked Hecht in his office with film director Victor Fleming until an acceptable version of the screenplay was completed.
Milwaukee and Madison audiences will have the chance once again to “dream the dream when hope was high and life worth living” when “Les Miserables” returns.
Throughout history, war has always been good for business.