BWW Reviews: APT's Sensational THE ISLAND Honors Fugard's Timeless Plea for Politica Justice
(6/29/2015) - n a tribute to Athol Fugard and his 1973 Tony and Drama Desk Critic Award winning play, American Players Theatre in their Touchstone Theater stages The Island. When first produced by Fugard in South Africa, the play attempted collaboration between the black and white actors and/or prisoners in a theatrical protest agianst the country's injust apartheid policies. The original actors and co-writers, John Kani and Winston Nishona, were actually imprisoned on South Africa's Robben Island where the country's eventual preseident Nelson Mandela spent more than 25 years. During this period in time, even the name Robben Island was prohibited from being spoken outloud.
Michael Feinstein, BoDeans, Doktor Kaboom and More Set for Music by the Lake's 2015 Lineup, Beginning Today
(6/27/2015) - Outdoor summer entertainment venue Music by the Lake, presented by George Williams College of Aurora University, announces its 15th annual season presenting six artist debuts and a range of musical genres and shows, including American classics, jazz, contemporary rock, comedy for families, pop and classic rock. The season, which includes weekend events from today, June 27 through August 8, features performances for all generations to enjoy.
BWW Reviews: Heartwarming World Premiere at TAP Celebrates Dating During the 21st Century
(6/26/2015) - An old adage claims a person can only have their heart broken three times before their entire soul breaks apart. For those persons interested in dating after losing a partner, by chance, divorce or death, online dating can either be a welcome consolation or a cause for consternation. Third Avenue Playhouse in conjunction with Riverway Studio of East Haddam, Connecticut for the Stage Door Theatre Company premiere a heartwarming and humorous prodcution titled METHUSELAH's Guide to Online Dating.
BWW Reviews: Bravo to Peninsula Players for Producing A REAL LULU
(6/26/2015) - Door County's Peninsula Players Theatre (PPT) celebrates their 80th season with an exceptional world premiere A Real Lulu. Written by former PPT actor who is currently featured on Broadway in Finding Neverland, Paul Slade Smith crafted a timely production overflowing with clever plot twists reflecting the contemporary political climate with class and humor. The two act evening highlights the acting talents of a seven person cast, and especailly Greg Vinkler, playing Ned Newley, and Erin Noel Grennan, in the role of Louise Peaks.
BWW Reviews: Shakespeare's MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Blooms with Summer Magic at APT
(6/22/2015) - 'The flower of the garter blooms for every Windsor heart.' So sings the American Player Theatre cast when Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor arrives to open the Up The Hill Theatre season. These beloved characters celebrate 'The Most Noble Order of the Garter' ceremony, which APT stages similar to an early 20th century American Independence day celebration only with English patriotism---summer entertainment costumed by Holly Payne complemented by Nathan Stuber's scenic design.
BWW Reviews: American Players Theatre Perfects Ancient Story of AN ILIAD
(6/22/2015) - A college classroom, perhaps set in Ireland because a bottle of Jameson Whiskey appears for the poet to quench his thirst, greets the Touchstone Theatre Audiences at American Players Theatre (APT) in their opening play An Iliad. Outside the classroom rumblings and unrest from unidentified crowds can be heard--Unite James DeVita enters playing the narrator, the poet, the teacher in corduroy pants, tweed suit coat, a woolen vest, pliad tie and white shirt. Similar dress to what the part-time teacher, poet and writer James Joyce, who set contemporary literature on edge with his epic 'Ulysses', the latinized name of hero warrior Odysseus in Homer's 8th century 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey.' Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare wrote the stunning 2012 adaptation of 'Iliad' directed at APT by John Langs.
BWW Reviews: Milwaukee's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Still Seduces Audiences
(6/17/2015) - A little bit of science fiction, a little bit rock 'n roll, All in Productions revisits the 1980's Broadway Musical Little Shop of Horrors based on Roger Corman's 1960 film this summer in Milwaukee. Next Act Theatre offers their intimate stage to the fledging company that gives the production, now 50 years old, spirited soul. To get the audeince in the appropirate mood, when entering the theater, vagrant persons roam through the audience before the performance opens---The Mushnik Flowerl Shop stands amid New York's Skid Row. The raggedy characters beg for money, talk to the audience and pull at their shirts similar to someone experiencing a schizophrenic episode.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Kicks Off KidZ Days at the Center Today
(6/16/2015) - The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is announcing its 13th year of programming for the KidZ Days At the Center from today, June 16 through August 13, 2015, which is part of the Marcus Center's children's programming. KidZ Days showcases a variety of live performing arts that incorporates an educational component and encourages interactive participation.