Author : Anne Siegel

  • Philadelphia freedom: Going to the Democratic convention

    The nation will focus on Philadelphia this month, as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention. Some 6,000-plus delegates — including 96 from Wisconsin — will assemble there for the convention, which opens July 25. Counting media, technicians, dignitaries, politicians and candidates, as many as 50,000 will attend. And when the crowds arrive in the birthplace of America, Philadelp.... Read More
  • Splinter Group finds safe harbor with ‘Shipwrecked!’

    There’s far more than meets the eye at work when the four-person cast of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment sets sail. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and produced by Milwaukee theater Splinter Group, is a riotous romp in the vein of classic high-seas adventures, albeit one that plays fast and loose with the truth for comedic and poignant effect. The play's subtitle,.... Read More
  • Clever comedy ‘The Flick’ reveals millennial angst at Forward Theater

    Three underpaid movie theater employees take theatergoers on a journey through their warped lives in Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick. The show — presented by Madison’s Forward Theater and featuring three up-and-coming Milwaukee actors — continues at the Overture Center through Feb. 14. Two of the The Flick’s characters — the 30-something, overweight and sensitive Sam (Al.... Read More
  • Holiday hits — that aren’t ‘Hamilton’ — on Broadway

    New York beams a little brighter at holiday time. Spectacles pop up everywhere, such as the giant lighted tree outside Rockefeller Center. There are Rockettes kicking up a storm at Radio City Music Hall and Santa replaces the Naked Cowboy on Times Square. And Broadway, always adorned with its glittering marquees, is ready to accommodate theatergoers with a variety of festive entertainment. Not all.... Read More
  • The Rep’s ‘Lion’ roars into Milwaukee

    Most people write their autobiographies in the final years of their lives. But what if a young man prematurely has gone through so many of life’s hurts and joys that he can write an interesting and full autobiography well before his 40th birthday? That, my friends, is how you get The Lion. This one-man show, starring Benjamin Scheuer, is perfectly suited for the Milwaukee Rep’s intimate Stiemk.... Read More
  • World’s Stage brings ‘Bent’ back to Milwaukee

    The World’s Stage Theatre Company is one of Milwaukee’s younger theater companies, both in its own age and in the relative youth of its artistic and creative team members. Its latest show is the opposite: an old play both in terms of when it was premiered (1979) and the time period it depicts (1930s Nazi Germany). But artistic director Gretchen Mahkorn says the juxtaposition makes Bent a per.... Read More
  • Bewitched by the Big Easy: Tennessee Williams and New Orleans

    To walk around the French Quarter today, it is impossible to believe that New York literary types once sniffed that New Orleans was a “cultural swamp.” OK, that was almost a century ago. But still, writers and artists have flocked here since before the Civil War. Yet the writers we know best came for inspiration long afterward: Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein. It.... Read More
  • “Nightmares and Lullabies” more than just sweet fairytales

    With its tongue-twisting title, Nightmares and Lullabies: The Darker Side of Peter Pan sounds like a spoof. But the new work presented by Cooperative Performance Milwaukee in conjunction with Pink Banana Theatre Co. is far from a comedy. In this work by Kelly Coffey, the focus is strongly on J.M. Barrie, the writer whose name would forever be linked with “the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” The 4.... Read More
  • Skylight’s ‘Snow Dragon’ succeeds at illuminating uncomfortable subject

    Based on The Fallen Country, a 1986 young adult novel, The Snow Dragon takes on the difficult subject of family abuse. The world premiere opera, currently playing at Skylight Music Theatre, is set partially in an abused boy’s fantasy world and partly in his grim reality. Billy Binder (Luke Brotherhood) is a child who’s terrorized by his foster mother’s new boyfriend (Dan Kempson). The boy.... Read More
  • Kohler Co. launches new, locally focused foodie event

    When Wisconsin’s needle-sharp winds start to pierce the parka, it’s time for a midwinter getaway. But if you’re a foodie, don’t head south this January — try looking in a more northerly direction, toward a new culinary event in Kohler, Wisconsin. In response to the growing farm-to-table movement, The American Club, a luxury spa and resort run by the Kohler Company, is hosting a new event.... Read More