On Stage

Next Act's 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter' works to exorcise traumas of war

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Sunday, 21 September 2014 16:24
In 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,' the title character must cope with traumas from her time in Iraq. Photo by Alex Clark.

More than anything else — and more than we’d like to admit — traumas shape our lives. "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" follows one woman's journey to overcome the horrors she faced in the Iraq War in order to find internal peace.

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:

STARS, STARS, STARS

‘Purple’ the color of hope in The Rep’s season opener

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:15

Bethany Thomas. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

The Color Purple has made waves from day one. Alice Walker’s 1982 novel takes an unflinching look at the hardships faced by women of color in the rural South of the early 20th century. Praised for its honesty and criticized for its brutality, Walker’s novel won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for fiction in 1983, yet is number 17 on the American Library Association’s list of 100 most frequently challenged books.

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
StandardsofCare_Poster

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.

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.