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


BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Stages a Must-See Drag Show in THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MC PhotoBWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Stages a Must-See Drag Show in THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
Posted: Jan. 21, 2020


BWW Review: After 21 Years, THE LION KING is a Royal Treat at Marcus Center PhotoBWW Review: After 21 Years, THE LION KING is a Royal Treat at Marcus Center
Posted: Feb. 7, 2020


BWW Review: ELF at First Stage is the Merriest Show in Milwaukee! PhotoBWW Review: ELF at First Stage is the Merriest Show in Milwaukee!
Posted: Dec. 13, 2019


BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Unleashes THE NERD PhotoBWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Unleashes THE NERD
Posted: Nov. 18, 2019


BWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour Brings Non-Stop Energy to the Marcus Center PhotoBWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour Brings Non-Stop Energy to the Marcus Center
Posted: Oct. 26, 2019


BWW Review: Kids Cast Carries NEWSIES at Skylight PhotoBWW Review: Kids Cast Carries NEWSIES at Skylight
Posted: Nov. 18, 2019


BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS Wins at First Stage
March 9, 2020

Take the little ones to see this show for the laughs, the silliness, and the kind of theater for which we only have the kids to thank. Without their willingness for turning the ordinary into something wildly imaginative, plays like 'The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors' would likely remain just picture books.

BWW Review: Sunny & Funny 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Skylight Music Theatre
February 12, 2020

The bottom line is: 'Spelling Bee' is a feel-good musical comedy that could fall flat if not cast right. The Skylight has gathered a group of top-tier performers and behind-the-scenes superstars to ensure the show soars. Can you spell a?oedoldrumsa??? This is your answer to them.

BWW Review: After 21 Years, THE LION KING is a Royal Treat at Marcus Center
February 7, 2020

I always expect greatness from 'The Lion King.' To have a cast without a weak link among them. To blow me away with choreography and costumes, even if I've seen it before. 'The Lion King' never fails to meet every one of these great expectations, and the show currently on stage at the Marcus Center is no exception.

BWW Review: Lift Up Your Hands for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Milwaukee Rep
February 4, 2020

Days later I'm craving the songs, the performances a?" to witness the staging once more, to see what else I can pick up on, or to experience what new twist Rodin will bring to another evening's show. No two will be alike. But I feel I can confidently say that each one will end with a standing ovation, hands lifted in openness and praise.  

BWW Review: First Stage's A WRINKLE IN TIME Coaxes the Imagination
January 28, 2020

It makes for a most dynamic piece of theater. The ensemble cast, shrouded in black, are used to push props and people about the stage. Whether our heroes are catapulting through space and time or confronting an immense, pulsating brain, the use of physical movement and intense lighting effects help propel the story.

BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Stages a Must-See Drag Show in THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
January 21, 2020

Milwaukee, have your dollar bills handy! Though it's only been on stage since 2014, Matthew Lopez's Georgia McBride is on its way to becoming a bonafide dragtastic legend. Now on stage at the Milwaukee Rep, under the fantastic direction of Meredith McDonough, the heat and heart in this play about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen is the uplifting, energizing show audiences need right now.

BWW Review: Comic Opera RUDDIGORE is Here to Charm Your Socks Off & Lift Your Spirits
January 7, 2020

Is there anything the Milwaukee Opera Theatre touches that doesn't turn to gold? Their latest collaboration with Skylight Music Theatre is Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, a sweet, hilarious, melodramatic comic opera made exceedingly charming under the inspired watch of co-directors Jill Anna Ponasik and Catie O'Donnell. With these creative cohorts in tow, I swear there's nothing attached to Ponasik's name that I've not adored. Her vision is a special kind of magic, and Milwaukee is lucky to have her.

BWW Review: ELF at First Stage is the Merriest Show in Milwaukee!
December 13, 2019

First Stage has given us all an early Christmas present in Elf the Musical. Yes, the merriest show in Milwaukee right now is one about a human raised by elves. Elf is a joyful, exuberant, super-playful night of theater that caters to kids and full-sized humans alike. It's also running through December 29th and so would make a fantastic Christmas present or holiday outing. 

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Upholds Tradition at The Milwaukee Rep
November 30, 2019

Now in its 44th year, this production is firmly rooted in tradition. Since its 2016 reenvisioning, there's been little in the way of new surprises, but that's what traditions are all about: passing down an experience and, hopefully, maintaining the integrity of that experience. Through its dedication to this holiday tradition, The Rep creates a Christmas Carol that feels like coming home a?" familiar, warm, and inviting.

BWW Review: Beautiful & Unexpected THE BAND'S VISIT Arrives in Milwaukee
November 27, 2019

For 'The Band's Visit,' I have nothing but praises to sing. It's an uplifting reminder of all that we share and of what good and beauty can come when we open our doors and hearts to the unknown.

BWW Review: Kids Cast Carries NEWSIES at Skylight
November 18, 2019

Overall, this is a play about the young having their voices heard. Says Director of this Skylight production, Molly Rhode, a?oeThe Newsboys Strike of 1899 may have been at the turn of the century, but it doesn't feel far away. The way these young people stand up and say, 'Listen to me!' is happening right now, all across the globea?? Young people are paying attention. And they deserve a seat at the table.a?? 

BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep Unleashes THE NERD
November 18, 2019

The thing about 'The Nerd' is it's a farce, which The Rep's audience guide breaks down as a?oea specific style of comedy characterized by unlikely predicaments, verbal humor, mistaken identities, and physical comedy.a?? So within farce, one encounters absurd situations, fast-paced wit, and a touch of slapstick. In other words, there's a little something funny for everyone. 

BWW Preview: ASL-Interpreted Performance of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Puts Inclusion First at Theater RED
November 13, 2019

Theater RED and Carroll University will join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's American Sign Language/English Interpretation Program to become a veritable triple threat. Says Theater RED co-founder and Once Upon a Mattress Producing Director, Marcee Doherty-Elst: a?oeThis is the first time Theater RED has had American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at a performance, but it has been something I have been wanting to do for some time.a?? 

BWW Review: NUNSENSE Is One Helluva Holy Romp At Milwaukee Repertory Theater
November 12, 2019

It's a hoot! The answer to your prayers! Five nuns on stage, four in the freezer!

BWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour Brings Non-Stop Energy to the Marcus Center
October 26, 2019

Part of what makes Hamilton such a beloved work is the way it balances sorrow and upset with lightness and fun. Revisiting history doesn't have to be a slog. We all can learn a thing or two about our country's formative years while singing along to a?oeCabinet Meetinga?? rap battles in your car. Hamilton makes history accessible and relevant, reminding us in song of the power of the written word, how immigrants shaped our nation, and that the world is wide enough to coexist and learn from each other's ideals. Those are some profound lessons, all courtesy of a show that's so much more than a hip-hop musical. 

BWW Preview: MOT's UTTERANCE Promises the Eerie & Beautiful this Halloween Weekend
October 24, 2019

'Utterance will be like nothing you've seen before!' promises the Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT). If any other theater in town made such a wild claim, I'd probably shake my head. But with MOT at the helm, I don't doubt it for a moment.

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.



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