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:
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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.
What’s the funniest event in Milwaukee? Most comedy aficionados would say that’s an easy question to answer: the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, running Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 10, at Next Act Theatre.
The Bartell Community Theatre is not only changing management, it’s changing its entire approach to management.
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.
Much of the marketing for the new tour of The Phantom of the Opera has heavily promoted its technologically advanced staging. But to justify the ticket price, Phantom needs more than a new way of breaking the chandelier. It needs a cast with the vocal power and acting chops to live up to the gorgeous world they’re performing in. And boy, do they have that. The show, which arrived in Milwaukee this week for a 12-night engagement ending Aug. 3, is at once both opulent and gritty, with sets sliding in and out o seamlessly that you hardly notice. Increased pyrotechnics and lighting trickery add an extra level of danger.
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 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.
Whether portrayed by a swashbuckling Errol Flynn or a conflicted Kevin Costner, Robin Hood has always been interpreted more as myth than man. Theater RED, a relatively new Milwaukee theater company, reverses the equation. In its latest world premiere, A Lady in Waiting, the troupe adopts a female point of view that presents the legendary male outlaw on a human scale.
Terrence McNally’s Master Class imagines a lesson that three fictitious students might have received from 20th-century operatic legend Maria Callas at New York’s The Juilliard School in the 1970s. Although the play has some basis in fact, it uses the characters and the teaching concept to present lessons that McNally wants his audiences to learn.