In many ways, the village of Fish Creek is the artistic heart of the Door County peninsula. Among other things, this small community on the Green Bay side of the Door is home to the Peninsula Music Festival, which hosts its 59th season in August.
If you’re looking for a home where Shakespeare doth roam, then make Sundays and Tuesdays at Björklunden vid Sjön in Door County your destination. That’s when Door Shakespeare’s outdoor production of “Twelfth Night,” which opened July 8, takes key scenes from the Bard of Avon’s comedy out of its garden theater and presents them amid the estate’s natural settings.
From blue men to gay men, from Streisand impersonations and Sedaka tributes to “Billy Elliot” and “Beauty and the Beast,” Madison’s Overture Center for Arts has set its 2011-12 season at sizzle, with a wealth of both mainstream and out-of-the-box entertainment options. After several light seasons due to a soft economy, Overture Hall, The Capitol Theater and The Playhouse will once again sing, dance and just get silly again.
The Bard of Avon descends once again on Spring Green this summer, but William Shakespeare’s works no longer dominate the schedule for American Players Theatre.
Some musicians put a lot of thought into what they should name their bands. Members of Jethro Tull ran through a litany of identities before assuming the name of the father of modern English farming and fertilizer usage. The name stuck.
When actor Greg Vinkler dons drag and plays Lady Bracknell in Peninsula Players’ production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” he will be participating in one more grand theater tradition. This tradition, however, is not very old.
Since Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” premiered in 1895, it has featured a long line of actresses portraying the Lady Bracknell role, including Dame Edith Evans and Stockard Channing. But beginning about 1975, male actors also have played the character, says Vinkler, who also serves as artistic director for the summer stock company based in the Door County community of Fish Creek. Brian Bedford played Bracknell in Roundabout Theatre Co.’s revival of the play on Broadway earlier this year, earning a Tony Award nomination in the process.
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is considered to be the iconic gay American playwright’s most autobiographical work. The drama of the Wingfield family and its dashed dreams, crystallized in a collection of small glass animals, opens American Players Theatre’s summer season at Touchstone, the intimate 201-seat indoor theater on the company’s Spring Green campus.
“The Glass Menagerie” is only APT’s second foray into Williams’ work. “The Night of the Iguana” was performed Up the Hill at APT’s outdoor amphitheater in 2007. But “Menagerie” marks a step forward for the company both in terms of intimacy and in exploring some of Williams’ most poignant themes, according to director Aaron Posner.
Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the summer classical music ensemble in Madison that performs “chamber music with a bang,” opens its 20th season on June 10 by giving the New Harvest Foundation a boost in its fundraising efforts for LGBT causes.
BDDS’s opening concert at the Stoughton Opera House is preceded by cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 p.m., with a cake reception immediately following the 7:30 p.m. show. The after-show fundraiser takes place at the home of former New Harvest board member John Beutel. A $50 ticket purchases admission to the show and reception, while $35 gains admission to the concert only.
Angela Iannone wants to make it perfectly clear that screen legend Katherine Hepburn, whom she plays in the In Tandem Theatre Co.’s upcoming production of “Tea at Five,” is not a celebrity in the modern sense. And the Milwaukee actor is strident in her opinion.
Gay actor Jonathan Hadley, who plays music producer Bob Crewe in the touring production of “Jersey Boys” that opens July 20 at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, knows the most popular gay love song of all time. And he’s chagrinned by the fact that very few people – gay or straight – know that it’s a gay love song.
When asked late in his career why he refused to acknowledge he was gay, Noel Coward is reported to have replied, “Because there are two old ladies in Worthing who don’t know, and I’d like to keep it that way.”
Even in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s time, bad things happened to good people. Based on the narrative in Off the Wall Theatre’s stage adaptation of the Russian author’s novel “The Idiot,” which opens May 19, perhaps the only place a saint can be safe is in a sanitarium.