Kelsey Lawler

Kelsey Lawler

  Kelsey Lawler is a copywriter by day and zealot for local theater by night. She earned her BA in Writing Intensive English from Marquette University in 2009, and has been working as an editor, creative & freelance writer, and blogger ever since. Kelsey is thrilled to be doing her part to spread the word about Milwaukee’s vibrant performing arts scene.
 




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BWW Review: Must-See WEST SIDE STORY Brings Beautiful Heartbreak & Hope to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: Must-See WEST SIDE STORY Brings Beautiful Heartbreak & Hope to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019


BWW Review: Celebrate a Classic with OKLAHOMA! at Skylight Music TheatreBWW Review: Celebrate a Classic with OKLAHOMA! at Skylight Music Theatre
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019


BWW Review: Touring DEAR EVAN HANSEN Sends a Message That MattersBWW Review: Touring DEAR EVAN HANSEN Sends a Message That Matters
Posted: Sep. 25, 2019


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BWW Review: Must-See WEST SIDE STORY Brings Beautiful Heartbreak & Hope to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: Must-See WEST SIDE STORY Brings Beautiful Heartbreak & Hope to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019


BWW Review: Rom Com-esque TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS Rings in the Holidays at Next Act TheatreBWW Review: Rom Com-esque TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS Rings in the Holidays at Next Act Theatre
Posted: Dec. 4, 2018


BWW Review: World Premiere ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN Brings Young-Adult Sci-Fi To The StageBWW Review: World Premiere ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN Brings Young-Adult Sci-Fi To The Stage
Posted: Mar. 31, 2019


BWW Review: JUNK Unpacks Power & Greed at the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: JUNK Unpacks Power & Greed at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019


BWW Review: Poignant & Powerful THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Grips the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: Poignant & Powerful THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Grips the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Mar. 10, 2019


BWW Review: Exhilarating CARMINA BURANA Brings 'Total Theatre' to the SkylightBWW Review: Exhilarating CARMINA BURANA Brings 'Total Theatre' to the Skylight
Posted: Mar. 19, 2019


BWW Review: Celebrate a Classic with OKLAHOMA! at Skylight Music Theatre
October 7, 2019

This Skylight production is certainly more stripped down, relying on simple orchestrations, bare-bones sets, and a small ensemble to achieve something great. A production like this allows the strongest bit of 'Oklahoma!' -- the music -- to shine.

BWW Review: Touring DEAR EVAN HANSEN Sends a Message That Matters
September 25, 2019

Every so often, a Broadway show comes along that speaks to the present generation. A show that resonates with a powerful, relatable message for the here and now. People lose their minds over such a spectacle because they feel heard and see a glimmer of themselves -- their struggles, hopes, fears -- reflected in art. For that reason, Dear Evan Hansen is an important piece of theater in 2019. 

BWW Review: Must-See WEST SIDE STORY Brings Beautiful Heartbreak & Hope to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
September 23, 2019

Even if you've seen West Side Story twenty times before -- even if you know it's based on Romeo & Juliet and therefore tragedy is imminent -- the Milwaukee Rep has succeeded in giving every theater-loving person countless reasons to come out and see it once more.

BWW Review: 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS is Fun Cabaret Fare at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
September 11, 2019

2 Pianos 4 Hands is a love letter to the play's titular instrument. It celebrates the classical composers and teachers who inspire, the parents who encourage, and especially the kids who put in the work, sacrifice their time, chase that dream, and may or may not achieve it.

BWW Review: UNNECESSARY FARCE Wins Slapstick Laughs at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
August 15, 2019

This is farcical theater to the extreme, aimed at testing your reflex for laughter. What a fun and funny way to kick off the 2019a?"2020 theater season here in Milwaukee. I'd say this 'Farce' is anything but unnecessary.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA Dazzles While Drawing Comparisons For Fans Of The 1997 Film
July 25, 2019

This Anastasia is impeccably performed, gorgeously rendered, and entertaining to be sure. Still, to me, the new songs don't soar alongside the old ones. I wonder how I'd feel if I didn't already know those old songs by heart. That's the risk the show's creators took in translating Anastasia for Broadway.

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is Pure Magic at the Milwaukee Ballet
June 1, 2019

Fairy kings and queens, mischievous woodland spirits, young lovers, and merry buffoons - nearly all of Shakespeare's characters are present in the wondrous production that is A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Milwaukee Ballet. The company, armed with stunning Bruce Wells choreography, cast a spell of dance that's not to be missed, whether you're a lover of classical ballet, fairytale magic, or the Bard's most bewitching comedy.

BWW Review: A Dynamite Duo Makes KISS ME KATE A Golden Age Delight
May 24, 2019

Another op'nin, another show! This time it's a battle of the sexes and a Golden Age musical by Cole Porter. Inspired by the real-life backstage bickering of famous husband-and-wife actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Kiss Me Kate is both based on real-life events as well as Shakespeare's controversial Taming of the Shrew.

BWW Review: Uplifting COME FROM AWAY Rocks the Marcus Center
May 9, 2019

Though panic, sadness, and uncertainty are felt in Come From Away, there's very little all-out gloom. Rather, this is a story that celebrates the best of humanity and how, in a time of crisis, we have the capacity to come together as friends and neighbors above all else. One line in the show reflects on 9/11 with a simple truth: 'So many stories gone just like that.' Come From Away preserves one such story - a story that's uplifting and deeply worthy of its musical retelling.

BWW Review: 5 Reasons to Fly to TINKER BELL at Milwaukee's First Stage
May 1, 2019

From pixie dust to tick-tocking crocodiles, sneaky pirates to Lost Boys, Peter Pan is a beloved story that's been told every which way. In First Stage's Tinker Bell, we see Pan's journey through the eyes of his tiny, trusty sidekick. Here are 5 reasons her point of view is worth a peek.

BWW Review: Uplifting EVERY BRILLIANT THING Shines at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
April 15, 2019

When a play is as aptly named as this one, it makes my job a breeze. It's not just the "brilliant" part; it's also the "every." From the supremely engaging Scott Greer to the perfectly-sentimental script by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe to the overall format of the evening, under the direction of Terrence J. Nolen, there's no end to the brilliance of 'Every Brilliant Thing.'

BWW Review: THE KING AND I Does Justice to a Classic at Milwaukee's Marcus Center
April 11, 2019

Happily for the national tour of Rogers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I,'  the cast holds their own and the story stays, for the most part, as compelling as ever.

BWW Review: Exuberant LAMBARENA Blends African & Classical Dance at the Milwaukee Ballet
April 5, 2019

When the Milwaukee Ballet presents a trio of works in one mixed program, odds are something will resonate — if not the haunting music of one piece, then the vibrant rush of costumes in another. Aesthetics aside, one can always appreciate the power and poise of the Milwaukee Ballet Company dancers and the skill and grace with which they execute such a range of choreography. This weekend's selections feature world premieres by choreographers Enrico Morelli and George Williamson, plus the much-buzzed-about Lambarena, choreographed by Val Caniparoli.

Milwaukee Ballet Hosts an African Dance Class for the Community
April 3, 2019

In the days leading up to Lambarena, the Milwaukee Ballet has taken great care to educate its own dance company and the Milwaukee community in the art of African dance. Roxy Kess and Yaya Kambaye of local ensemble Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life taught a class to the Company and Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII), as well as all Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy locations. Kess and Kambaye also attended two of the rehearsals for Lambarena to offer feedback.  Last weekend, a free class was held for the public: 'No previous African dance experience is necessary,' claimed the Facebook event. Well sign me up!

BWW Review: World Premiere ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN Brings Young-Adult Sci-Fi To The Stage
March 31, 2019

Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven is the story of titular character Annie Jump, a 13-year-old science prodigy living in the small town of Strawberry, Kansas, with her alien-hunting dad. He's kind of the town crackpot. Extraordinary things begin to happen when the skeptical Annie is visited by the out-of-this-world Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer manifesting as a teenage mean girl with killer hair. Althea alleges that Annie is "the chosen one" of Earth, destined to guide humanity to link up with other intelligent beings in the universe.

BWW Review: Intimate TO FALL IN LOVE Makes Midwest Premiere at The Constructivists
April 1, 2019

To not give away too much, To Fall In Love is, in short, about psychologist Arthur Aron's famous study that suggested a couple might ask each other 36 questions in order to fall in love. The questions grow increasingly intimate, beginning with "Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?" The exercise ends not with a question, but with four full minutes of direct eye contact with your partner. And yes, To Fall In Love goes there. All the way there. Right down to those four full minutes.

5 Reasons to Jump Up for ANNIE JUMP at Milwaukee's Renaissance Theaterworks
March 26, 2019

This weekend, Renaissance Theaterworks will open a new play called 'Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven.' The title alone had my ears perked and curious to learn more. What I discovered got me even more jazzed. Here are five reasons to jump up for Annie Jump.

BWW Review: Exhilarating CARMINA BURANA Brings 'Total Theatre' to the Skylight
March 19, 2019

17 Skylight artists. Seven Danceworks dancers. 25 Chant Claire Chamber Choir members, plus four Chant Claire guest artists. Six percussionists. Two pianists. One conductor. One visionary artistic team. One stage. It all adds up to Skylight's exhilarating Carmina Burana, an experience dubbed ''total theatre, in which music, dance, and text are inseparable.'

BWW Review: Poignant & Powerful THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Grips the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
March 10, 2019

'It wasn't supposed to be like this. I thought they'd be like us. But better than us. Better versions of us.'

BWW Review: Music & Mayhem Delight in THINGS THAT GO DING! at Skylight Music Theatre
February 26, 2019

Michael 'Ding' Lorenz boasts crazy talent alongside an outrageous instrument collection that warrants awe-inspired sighs and, as the Skylight Music Theatre proves, a show all its own. Things That Go Ding! played to sold-out audiences in 2012, and now it's back and bigger than ever in the Cabot Theatre. 



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