On Stage

Review: ‘School of Rock’ a crowd-pleasing, upbeat musical

AP Drama Writer
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 22:49

Hard rock’s two-fingered hand gesture is back on Broadway, thanks to an English lord.

The crowd-pleasing, upbeat musical based on the beloved film “School of Rock” opened Sunday at the Winter Garden Theatre with a wondrously rebellious spirit and a superb cast.

A musical ‘Story’ joins Boswell Books’ inventory

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:44

The latest indie gem coming to Boswell Book Company? It isn’t a book at all — though it’s certainly a story worth hearing.

Male actor takes on famous lead role in ‘Hello Dolly’

Written by AP Sunday, 08 November 2015 15:39

Carol Channing originated the role of Dolly Levi on Broadway in 1964. —PHOTO: enwikipedia

A Boca Raton, Florida, production of Hello Dolly is breaking ground with a male actor taking on the iconic lead role made famous by Carol Channing and Barbra Streisand.

In ‘Children of Pac-Men,’ retro games show how technology’s leveled up

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 19:53

Pong. Pac-Man. Tetris. They’re all just old video games, built out of pixels bright and dark, designed for amusement. They’re also some of the first harbingers of the digital age we live in today.

In Tandem gives Dickens’ ‘Carol’ a twist

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:52

A Twisted Carol runs Dec. 4-Jan. 3 at Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $30, $25 for students, seniors and military. Visit intandemtheatre.org or call 414-271-1371.
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In the history of Charles Dickens’ legendary tale of redemption, A Christmas Carol, there has been no shortage of stage adaptations.

Skylight’s ‘Fair Lady’ uses costume to define character

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:40

In Skylight’s My Fair Lady, costume designer Chris March is going big and bold, especially when it comes to the outrageous hats worn by Eliza (Natalie Ford) and others.
—PHOTO: Mark Frohna

Skylight Music Theatre’s My Fair Lady will be a full-on fashion run, tapping designer Chris March’s considerable talents and wicked sense of humor to bring to life the story of phonetics professor Henry Higgins, who, on a bet, turns Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper English lady.

‘Explorers Club’ explodes gender stereotypes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:59

In The Explorers Club, a 19th-century boys’ club of scientific eccentrics is jarred by the introduction of a female anthropologist who wishes to join the gender-exclusive group.
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Phyllida Spotte-Hume is a female anthropologist of the first degree and an adventurer who has discovered a lost civilization armed with little more than her intelligence and a spoon. She now faces her greatest challenge — convincing a stodgy British scientific society that it’s OK to have a woman in the house.

StageQ revives a death-row play about remaining human

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:01

In Finding Human, playwright Dan Myers explores the last days of a priest-killer on death row (Bob Moore) and those around him, including fellow inmate Bill Shaw (Donnovan Moen).
—PHOTO: Dan Myers / Lumi Photo

It’s practically unheard of for a new play to open at one theater and be remounted by another less than a year later, especially in Madison. 

Emotions in ‘Light in the Piazza’ reflect holiday spirit

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:48

Four Seasons Theatre’s production of The Light in the Piazza runs Dec. 4-13 at The Playhouse at Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison. For tickets, call 608-258-4141 or visit fourseasonstheatre.com.
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To Sarah Marty, the holiday season is as much a time for emotion and spirit as it is a string of calendar dates. Because of its inherent sensitivity, she believes The Light in the Piazza, the next production for Madison’s Four Seasons Theatre, constitutes the perfect holiday fare.

Married actors Jim Pickering and Tami Workentin tell ‘Love Stories’ at MCT

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:37

Married actors Tami Workentin and Jim Pickering will tell three one-act love stories — as well as bits of their own story — in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s holiday show.
—PHOTO: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

This holiday season, local actors Jim Pickering and Tami Workentin are going to get up on the stage of the Broadway Theater Center’s Studio Theater and tell some love stories — as themselves.

Madison Opera flies high with Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:03

In addition to being one of Madison’s reigning performing arts impresarios, Kathryn Smith, general director of Madison Opera, is also an impressive educator. The informative sessions she hosts one hour before each Madison Opera performance in the Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center always attract overflow crowds, with listeners spilling into the hallway. The more popular the opera, the larger the crowd.

Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is, without a doubt, one of the most popular operas of all time, so by that logic the sessions scheduled prior to Madison Opera’s performances of it Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 should attract record crowds. Smith sat down with WiG prior to rehearsals for our own personal education.

‘Handle With Care’ captures a humorous and moving struggle to communicate

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:56

Boulevard Theatre’s production of Handle With Care runs Nov. 7-29 at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be ordered at boulevardtheatre.com.
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For 30 years, Boulevard Ensemble has delighted audiences by presenting lesser-known works with emerging Milwaukee area actors — and the opening work of their new season continues that tradition. Jason Odell Williams’ romantic comedy Handle With Care launches this anniversary season with a story that mixes humor and pathos with disarming effect.