Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 STILL LIFE WITH IRIS
MIlwaukee Youth Theatre
2/20-2/21/2014
Set in Nocturno, Still Life With Iris chronicles a young girl's quest to regain her memory and with it her home. With the help of the incredible people she meets along the way, Iris' crusade recovers more than her past. She succeeds in finding herself: the power of faith and the courage of persistence. These traits will lead her home. In the world of Nocturno, all the things one sees by day are made by the people who live there at night while the rest of the world sleeps. The sun is raised each morning by a signal from the day breaker, the moon is roped and lowered into a basket every night. The inhabitants of Nocturno busy themselves all night long putting leaves back on the branches, painting the flowers, filling the clouds with rain, making and bottling thunder for storms, and painting the spots on the ladybugs. In this world, Iris is a ten-year- old girl living happily with her mother. Each of the inhabitants of Nocturno wears a beautiful coat that contains all their memories, a coat that is kept carefully mended by the local tailor, the Memory Mender. Without the coat, or if it becomes threadbare, the inhabitants would lose who they really were, because they wouldn't be able to remember. During their work, they are expected to keep a lookout for the perfect example of their creations, which will then be sent to the Island of the Great Goods, where Grotto and Gretta Good rule and keep a single example of the perfect leaf, or the perfect book, and so on. Because she's seen as being perfect of her kind, she is taken to the island of the Great Goods, to become their perfect daughter. To do so, she has her coat taken away from her. Iris manages to keep a button from her coat, and when she holds it, she remembers something, but the memory is slim and enigmatic. She then goes on a journey to reclaim that memory. The play's story line is in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland. Its allegorical elements and cultural references may mean more to the parents in the audience than to the children, but its strong plot, fantastical characters, and appealing heroine will engage children as well. The play explores how loss of one's past steals the future as well, and how our past defines who we are. Through a series of encounters with new friends, Iris is able to seek and discover the rest of her past, as well as revealing a wonderful secret which changes her future.
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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 RACE
Next Act Theatre
1/30-2/23/2014
A wealthy white man is accused of assaulting a young black woman.??He denies the charge, claiming it was consensual.??Two law partners - one white, one black - are considering the case, but they're doubtful of the man's veracity, and highly concerned about racial politics.??Mamet pulls no punches as he cross-examines our views and prejudices of what is, arguably, the most complex and intransigent socio-political issue in America.
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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 IN THE HEIGHTS
Skylight Music Theatre
1/31-2/23/2014
In the Heights is a 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about life in a tight-knit community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Heights melds a variety of musical styles from vibrant, freestyle rap to rhythmic salsa, as it explores the universal themes of finding the freedom to be ourselves and discovering our place in the world. Skylight will have audiences dancing in their seats as it presents this energetic, Spanish-infused Pulitzer-prize nominated musical!
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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 CAT IN THE HAT
First Stage
1/25-3/2/2014
Leave it to the Cat in the Hat! Everyone's favorite feline in the red and white hat turns a rainy afternoon upside down with his madcap mischief and wacky adventures. Speaking only in rhyme, the Cat in the Hat shows Sally and her brother that "it's fun to have fun, but you have to know how," despite the misgivings of their well-mannered Fish. But what will Mother think of all the antics when she returns home? Find out when all of your favorite moments from this Dr. Seuss classic come to life before your eyes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Studio Theatre
2/19-3/9/2014
A Suspenseful Midwest Premiere After an explosion at Tennessee Eastman Company, three family members anxiously await word on the fate of their loved ones. There's Martha, the earthy, pragmatic matriarch; Houston, her delinquent son; and Anne, her very pregnant daughter-in-law. A staged reading of this play was presented as part of the 2011-2012 Montgomery Davis Play Development Series.
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OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
2/19-3/9/2014
Studio Theatre:Lori Matthews; dir: C. Michael Wright.
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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014 ANATOLE
First Stage
2/21-3/16/2014
When the noble French mouse Anatole learns that humans view mice as the villains of France, he embarks on a musical adventure to save a cheese factory, restore his family's honor, conquer a cat, and truly become a Mouse Magnifique! Based on the Caldecott medal winning books, Anatole is the story of France's bravest and most honorable mouse. A wonderful mix of genuine heart and absolute hilarity, Anatole promises to delight every member of the family.
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