Author : Anne Siegel

  • Milwaukee critic picks city’s Top Five productions of 2014

    With a nod to New York theater critic Charles Isherwood, the older you get, the sooner it seems you are faced with the prospect of listing the best productions of the year. This is an overwhelming task in New York, with literally hundreds of shows opening on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off. But doing the same is a challenge even in a city the size of Milwaukee. There is more theater happening i.... Read More
  • Broadway for the holidays: Critic’s choices

    The lights of Broadway glow brighter during the holiday season. For proof, look no further than the third week in November: It was the highest-grossing and best-attended Thanksgiving week in Broadway history. Ticket buyers shelled out $34.1 million. Part of the explanation is that there are more shows available this year than the last — 36 plays and musicals in 2014 versus 32 in 2013 — and man.... Read More
  • Shakespeare: In 120 minutes or less

    Alas, poor Shakespeare! You thought you knew him well … and then came a merry band of pranksters to ruffle your refined sensibilities. That’s what happens in the uproarious The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Other local  companies have staged The Complete Works. Theatergoers may recall the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s production in 2012.  But each productio.... Read More
  • Rep’s ‘terrible things’ probes interactions between bullies and their victims

    The curiosity surrounding a world premiere is often enough to pack the house, especially when it’s the Milwaukee Rep’s first one in years. The Stiemke Studio production of after all the terrible things I do was no exception. What’s harder to achieve is a world premiere that’s as clever and emotionally powerful as its producers have promised — and this show delivers on that as well. The p.... Read More
  • Outpost opens its first ‘green’ certified market in Mequon

    Although its grand opening was less than a month ago, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative in Mequon — the cooperative’s fourth store in the greater Milwaukee area — is already getting a lot of attention. “The response has been overwhelming (and) we are delighted,” said one of the store’s 80 new employees. Located at 7590 Mequon Road, the juncture of Mequon and Wauwatosa roads, the stunni.... Read More
  • Tours, museum recreate Derby Day excitement

    Although you might not be able to attend the Kentucky Derby this year, you can experience Churchill Downs excitement year-round. Within its gates there’s a fascinating museum that’s certain to awe racing enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.  One of the country’s most famous racetracks, known for its emblematic tall, white spires, Churchill Downs has been the center of Kentucky horseracing.... Read More
  • Skylight’s fundraiser is a tasty Third Ward event

    The performances at Skylight Music Theater are aimed at audiences’ hearts and minds. When it comes to fundraisers, however, Skylight aims to hit donors in the stomach. The Third Ward theater group has been serving up top-notch musicals and operas for more than half a century. During its second annual Taste of the Ward on March 27, the theater will serve up homemade macaroni and cheese, sushi, go.... Read More
  • Skylight succeeds with a personalized ‘Les Miz’

    Les Misérables isn’t exactly traditional holiday fare. But Skylight Music Theatre’s production, which opened Nov. 22, is a true holiday gift — a thrilling night of musical theater. Few musicals equal Les Miz in blending a strong storyline, a soaring musical score and a compelling cast of characters. No wonder the musical’s return to Broadway in March is being so eagerly anticipated by .... Read More
  • Skylight succeeds with a personalized ‘Les Miz’

    Les Misérables isn’t exactly traditional holiday fare. But Skylight Music Theatre’s production, which opened Nov. 22, is a true holiday gift — a thrilling night of musical theater. Few musicals equal Les Miz in blending a strong storyline, a soaring musical score and a compelling cast of characters. No wonder the musical’s return to Broadway in March is being so eagerly anticipated by .... Read More
  • The Rep’s ‘Venus in Fur’ is a sexy, dazzling delight

    In staging David Ives’ dark sex comedy Venus in Fur, Milwaukee Repertory Theater joins the ranks of dozens of other regional theaters across the country. According to American Theater magazine, Venus is the most-performed play in American theaters this season. A whopping 22 productions were scheduled in 2013, according to the magazine’s survey. The two-person play opened on Broadway in 2011, .... Read More