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: MATILDA Brings Big Magic to Milwaukee's FIRST STAGEBWW Review: MATILDA Brings Big Magic to Milwaukee's FIRST STAGE
Posted: Jan. 16, 2019


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BWW Review: National Tour of LES MISERABLES Stands the Test of Time & Trends at Milwaukee's Marcus CenterBWW Review: National Tour of LES MISERABLES Stands the Test of Time & Trends at Milwaukee's Marcus Center
Posted: Mar. 29, 2018


BWW Review: BLACK PEARL SINGS! Brings Soulful Storytelling to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: BLACK PEARL SINGS! Brings Soulful Storytelling to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Jan. 23, 2018


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: American Classic OUR TOWN Celebrates the Beauty of Everyday-ness at the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: American Classic OUR TOWN Celebrates the Beauty of Everyday-ness at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Apr. 15, 2018


BWW Review: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S That Simple for the National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARISBWW Review: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S That Simple for the National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Posted: Jun. 28, 2018


BWW Review: Milwaukee Ballet's SWAN LAKE is Streamlined & SublimeBWW Review: Milwaukee Ballet's SWAN LAKE is Streamlined & Sublime
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: MATILDA Brings Big Magic to Milwaukee's FIRST STAGE
January 16, 2019

Director Jeff Frank's team of all-star creatives and actors is serving up a Broadway-caliber production, made all the more special with First Stage's signature small-scale intimacy and kid-friendly flair.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Makes For A Merry Tradition At Milwaukee Repertory Theater
December 6, 2018

Ebenezer Scrooge's story is ever familiar and warms the soul, and the Rep consistently delivers production value you can count on. Yet even knowing that this is a Christmas Carol steadfast and true, there's always something new to glean -whether it's actually new or just new to your memory.

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

Twelve (largely-failed) meet-cutes, four performers, two backup singers, and one very chatty partridge in a pear tree suffering from a year of aloneness. It's a different kind of Christmas show, to be sure. Simple in its premise and more of an introspective snapshot of one woman's life, rather than the sweeping "good will toward men" sentimentality that often accompanies such holiday fare.

BWW Review: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Heralds Musical Humor & Joy at Milwaukee's First Stage
November 28, 2018

'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' sets a merry tone for the holiday season -a season that, in the world of this Christmas pageant, challenges kids to focus on something other than just Santa and presents. The holiday season is all about renewed faith and finding something good and peace-willing to believe in. 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' reminds us of that, and such reminders are always a gift for kids young and old.

BWW Review: CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON Unpacks Family Dynamics With Comedy At The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
November 26, 2018

The stakes are always higher and the timeline is always tighter at holiday time. What results in 'Christmas in Babylon' are lessons in forgiving others, forgiving yourself, and moving forward -lessons that, for some reason, we are all more willing to embrace at this most wonderful time of the year.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY Douses the Skylight Music Theatre with Energy & Optimism
November 24, 2018

The Skylight's musical Hairspray is Milwaukee's bigger, bolder, bowl-you-over show for the holidays, celebrating diversity of all kinds, from the color of your skin to the inches in your waistline. It's unabashedly idealistic and optimistic - a look at what great strides we might make if we put down our prejudices and picked up our dancing shoes.

BWW Review: Witty & Wonderful MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY Charms at the Milwaukee Rep
November 20, 2018

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a play set in the world of Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice,' following Lizzie and Mr. Darcy's happy ending. With their romance confined to the pages of Austen's novel, the Darcys take a turn as supporting characters in this story that focuses on the Bennets' forgotten middle daughter, Mary.

BWW Review: Rollicking ALL NIGHT STRUT Brings Music & Nostalgia to the Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
November 13, 2018

This is an upbeat, lighthearted musical revue that flows breezily through nearly thirty tunes from "Minnie the Moocher" to "White Cliffs of Dover" to "As Time Goes By."

BWW Review: THE CONSTRUCTIVISTS Bring Gruesome & Gripping Storytelling to Milwaukee with THE PILLOWMAN
November 2, 2018

McDonagh will leave behind a macabre masterwork in The Pillowman, and the Constructivists company can live easy, knowing they did his work justice.

BWW Review: Irish Tale OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Quietly Charms at Next Act Theatre
October 18, 2018

This is a story of family and feeling, with a fanciful little twist. Go if you like the thought of pondering the boxes we put ourselves in-what we believe can or can't be true for us, based on imaginary constructs. Outside Mullingar dares us to challenge those boxes and live knowing that "Life is here! We name it!"

BWW Review: Shakespeare Meets Musical Theater in SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Marcus Center
October 17, 2018

A delightful, dazzling escape filled with corseted girls in golden tap shoes, The Bard on air guitar, and a big ol' wink to the audience before launching knowingly into any musical encore. If serious theater is your only joy, then you will find little of it here; playfulness and jokes made of deliciouslow-hanging fruitrulein 'Something Rotten.'

BWW Previews: Milwaukee Opera Theatre's ANTIOLOGY Comes to Boswell Books
October 8, 2018

In the slew of vibrant, singular experiences that the MOT has put forth in recent years, Antiology is shaping up to join the ranks of greatness.

BWW Review: PIPPIN Does Its Magic at the Skylight Music Theatre
October 5, 2018

What the Skylight brings to Stephen Schwartz's already glorious music and lyricsis a cast and creative team brimming with sheer brilliance.

BWW Review: One Dazzling Star Sings Five Legendary Divas in SONGS FOR NOBODIES at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
September 11, 2018

Would you believe that one woman could embody the likes of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday, and Maria Callas? Milwaukee Rep alum and diva in her own right, Bethany Thomas, does just that.

BWW Review: THIS PRISON WHERE I LIVE Brings the Brothers Booth to Theater RED
August 31, 2018

Making its midwest debut atTheater RED,This Prison Where I Liveis one in playwright and Director Angela Iannone's four-play Booth Cycle.Iannone's achievement, beyond the work itself and assembling such a stellar group of creatives, lies in encouraging a curiosity for histories both infamous and intimate.

BWW Review: New Musical DOC DANGER & THE DANGER SQUAD Sings a Love Song to Pulp Fiction at the Milwaukee Opera Theatre
August 24, 2018

We're told from the very beginning ofDoc Danger & the Danger Squadthat, in this universe, creativity rules and the hero always escapes. Spoiler alert? Not so much. And if so, who cares!Doc Dangerisn't so much about its tightness of plot or genuinely shocking twists and turns. It's about having a rollicking good time inside the brain of composer and Milwaukeean Jason Powell.

BWW Review: Wendy Darling Finds Her Voice in World Premier LOST GIRL at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
July 20, 2018

This World Premiere event isn't the Peter Pan narrative you'd expect. There's no pixie dust, Neverland, or mermaids. The only magic found on stage - and it's a powerful magic at that - comes from the remarkable cast of teens performing playwright Kimberly Belflower's simultaneously authentic and lyrical new script.

BWW Review: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S That Simple for the National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
June 28, 2018

From curtain rise to fall, 'An American in Paris' hinges on dance. The show is a work of art from start to finish, as every danced moment, from the nuance of falling in love to show-stopping kick lines, is crafted to artistic perfection.

BWW Review: Milwaukee Ballet's SWAN LAKE is Streamlined & Sublime
June 1, 2018

Typically performed in four acts, Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director, Michael Pink, has trimmed the classic into two acts, maintaining Swan Lake's integrity and grandeur while making it a more comfortable experience for modern audiences. And whatever traditions are eschewed, they are answered with innovations that strengthen the narrative.

BWW Review: URINETOWN Brings Potty Humor At Its Best To Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre
May 21, 2018

In the end, you may leave Urinetown wondering, as Little Sally does, what kind of a musical is this? Officer Lockstock would have me remind me you that it isn't supposed to be a happy one. It's one full of mixed signals: comedic tropes, untimely death, catchy music, rich vs. poor, hope for tomorrow, and an ultimately uncertain future. It makes you think not only about the baddies who want to regulate our metaphorical toilets, but also the do-gooders who act on righteous principle alone without regard to reality.



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