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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has an eye for picking out just the right new work to bring to Cream City, and Slowgirl looks to continue that fine tradition. The two-hander depicts a teenage girl fleeing the consequences of a potentially fatal house party and the reclusive, secretive uncle whose Costa Rican retreat she impulsively arrives at. Over the course of 90 minutes, these two self-imposed exiles will be forced to reveal details from their pasts, own them and, maybe, get on with their lives.
At the Broadway Theatre Center, Milwaukee. Tickets are $38 and $34; $25 preview. For more information visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com.
Feb. 26 to March 20
The world of music has been without Bessie Smith, the “Empress of the Blues,” for almost 80 years. Actor and singer Zonya Love will singlehandedly revive her on the Stackner Cabaret stage as part of this musical revue, channeling Smith’s exemplary voice and recounting a life as large and outrageous as her talent. The one-woman show will feature hits including “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “St. Louis Blues” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”
At the Milwaukee Rep, 108 E. Wells St. Tickets start at $45 and can be ordered at 414-224-9490 or milwaukeerep.com.
Jan. 22 to March 20