On Stage

In Skylight’s ‘Cinderella,’ couture makes the character

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:53

Sketches of costumes for the stepsisters. — Photo: Courtesy Skylight

Fashion takes center stage in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella).

‘Doyle & Debbie Show’ an affectionate country music burlesque

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:05

JC Clementz. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

There’s only one musical with the audacity to make a honky-tonk pun out of a German artistic movement, and the “‘strum’ and drang” musical in question is on its way to the Stackner Cabaret.

Single prop unpacks the program of ‘Suitcase Dreams’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:36

Theatre LILA’s production of The Suitcase Dreams runs Sept. 18–28.

Artists are often at their best when challenged by the limitations of a single idea, entity or concept. Such may prove to be the case with The Suitcase Dreams, a new and unusual collaborative performance work by Madison-based Theatre LILA.

Bay View's Artbeat in the Heat celebrates five years of art and music

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:53

Artbeat in the Heat is centered around Hide House.

Bay View residents and visitors don’t have to wait until September’s Bay View Bash for a colorful street festival. The artists at Milwaukee Artbeat, a Bay View collective, present the fifth annual Artbeat in the Heat this weekend.

Milwaukee, Madison companies embrace Cinderella’s feminine journey this season

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:49

The Madison Ballet is restaging its version of Cinderella in 2015. — Photo: Andrew Weeks

Filmmaker Walt Disney was fond of rewriting literary history, making it more palatable for a post-World War II, white-bread America. The 1950 animated film version of Cinderella may have been his most questionable revision.

Boulevard’s first itinerant production is concert reading of ‘Pal Joey’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:53

Souvenir program from Pal Joey’s 1952 Broadway revival. — Photo: bayles-yeager

On Broadway: Season features Sting, Mirren, Jackman and Peter Pan

Written by Mark Kennedy,
AP drama writer
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:20

The coming Broadway season has something for everyone - a musical by Sting, a magician-filled SUV, the incomparable Hugh Jackman, the equally regal Helen Mirren, a musical set in a funeral parlor and not one, but two Gyllenhaals. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2014-15 season:


APT’s “The Seagull” soars above a stormy sea of characters

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Monday, 11 August 2014 05:01

Colleen Madden and Robert Spencer in APT's production of The Seagull.

Nineteenth-century Russian playwright Anton Chekov explored some of the deepest themes of the human condition through characters trapped in scenarios that he considered comedies — at least in an Aristotelian sense. But the narratives often concluded with decidedly less-than-funny results.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Simpsons celebrate 25 years

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:18

Doh! did you miss it? Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggum and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart came to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 25 years of "The Simpsons."

Those characters are performed by three actors — Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria — who hosted the world premiere of "The Simpsons Take the Bowl"at the legendary concert venue on Sept. 12. The program featured music, stars and reminiscences from TV's longest-running scripted show.

StageQ’s ‘Standards of Care’ spotlights transgender issues

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:42

Transgender issues take center stage at Madison’s StageQ this month. The company opens its 2014–15 season with Standards of Care, a play about a therapist specializing in transgender issues whose professional and private lives collide.

New management approach will keep Bartell Theatre’s drama on center stage, not backstage

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:34

Bartell Theatre. — PHOTO: Jay Rath

The Bartell Community Theatre is not only changing management, it’s changing its entire approach to management.

Milwaukee Chamber's 'Master Class' easily earns a 'brava'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Saturday, 09 August 2014 11:16

Master Class, featuring Angela Iannone (L) and Alicia Berneche, is a powerful exploration of sacrifice for art.

Before you commit to reading this review of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class, a disclaimer: There may not be enough superlatives in my vocabulary to properly explain why Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class can't be missed.