After he applied for the position of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s managing director, Chad Bauman proceeded to check out the company’s reputation in the national theater community. His caution was understandable.
Two gay men begin a phone-sex relationship against the terrifying backdrop of the emerging AIDS epidemic. Although their physical contact is limited to sound waves, the couple’s erotic talk sessions lead to a deeper connection.
Take Ludwig van Beethoven’s classic opera about love, freedom and a political prisoner wrongly convicted. Dress it up in colorful, spangled costumes from the Indian cinema’s golden age. Then present the composer’s magnificent melodies with a primarily dancing cast that fills a highly stylized stage with robust athleticism. Finally, add a dash of the latest in interactive technology for good measure.
Formed 20 years ago in San Francisco, The Kinsey Sicks, a “dragapella beauty shop quartet,” has traveled the globe presenting political satire set to music. In addition to releasing eight albums since 1997 and performing off-Broadway, Winnie (Irwin Keller), Rachel (Ben Schatz), Trixie (Jeff Manabat) and Trampolina (Spencer Brown) are the subject of a documentary (“The Kinsey Sicks: Almost Infamous”) and stars of the feature film “Kinsey Sicks: I Wanna Be a Republican.”
The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre kicks off its fall season with its largest-ever production, the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s American epic “Ragtime.” And Rep artistic director Mark Clements, who is directing the show, doesn’t mind telling you he’s both enthralled and exhausted by the process.
There’s Denzel Washington and Billy Crystal, plenty of Shakespeare and a nice dash of Harold Pinter. There’s even a musical of the boxing classic “Rocky” and the much anticipated return of Neil Patrick Harris and “Les Mis.”
This upcoming season on Broadway seems to have something for everyone.
When John Dormady first put on his mother’s dress at age 4, he felt curiously comfortable. He spun around in his room, music blaring, imagining himself as the singers he heard.
A piece of art can be as expensive as the marketplace allows, but is it worth the price of a friendship? That question drives Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play “Art,” which opens Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 2013-14 season.
Viswa Subbaraman always knew that music would be a part of his life, but he wasn’t always aware that it would become his career.
The new artistic director of Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre originally planned to become a physician, like his father and grandfather. Subbaraman was a sophomore at Duke University enrolled in pre-med studies when a trip to Vienna with the Duke Wind Ensemble dramatically altered his life’s course.
If you haven’t seen a Proud Theater production yet, you might have the opportunity soon. The LGBTQ youth theater troupe, founded in Madison, has opened chapters in Wausau and Milwaukee. And talks are underway to expand into other cities as well.
What is it about female comedians and their gays? There’s comedy godmother Joan Rivers and queer comic Margaret Cho, both of whom make a point of speaking directly to their beloved and adoring gay audiences. And then there’s comedy diva Kathy Griffin. Combining her love for the gays (hello, Anderson Cooper) and gossip, Griffin has created a brand of comedy that is both an homage to Rivers and outrageously original. She’s easily the most irreverent comic onstage, male or female.