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: 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: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES is a Quirky & Heartfelt Debut for Milwaukee's New ConstructivistsBWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES is a Quirky & Heartfelt Debut for Milwaukee's New Constructivists
Posted: Feb. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Hearts Open Wide for THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Milwaukee's First StageBWW Review: Hearts Open Wide for THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Milwaukee's First Stage
Posted: Jan. 19, 2018


BWW Review: Aliens Invade & Voices Slay in Zany Milwaukee Musical ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND at Skylight Music TheatreBWW Review: Aliens Invade & Voices Slay in Zany Milwaukee Musical ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND at Skylight Music Theatre
Posted: Feb. 8, 2018


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BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera CompanyBWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera Company
Posted: Oct. 22, 2017


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: WAITRESS Serves Up the Power of Pie & What's Inside at Milwaukee's Marcus CenterBWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up the Power of Pie & What's Inside at Milwaukee's Marcus Center
Posted: Jan. 4, 2018


BWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Posted: Nov. 20, 2017


BWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We AreBWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We Are
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music TheatreBWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre
Posted: Nov. 24, 2017


BWW Review: Aliens Invade & Voices Slay in Zany Milwaukee Musical ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND at Skylight Music TheatreBWW Review: Aliens Invade & Voices Slay in Zany Milwaukee Musical ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND at Skylight Music Theatre
February 8, 2018

Cartoonish to the last, the entirety of Skylight's 'Zombies from the Beyond' is a tongue-in-cheek romp chockfull of 1950s space fascination and Cold War paranoia, with each moment played for lots of laughs and loads of kitsch.

BWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES is a Quirky & Heartfelt Debut for Milwaukee's New ConstructivistsBWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES is a Quirky & Heartfelt Debut for Milwaukee's New Constructivists
February 2, 2018

Two people and the simultaneously cringe-worthy and fascinating ways in which their messy lives get all mixed up. At 90 minutes without an intermission, this is a wonderfully well-written piece of theater, and one that's a worthy kick-off for Milwaukee's new Constructivists. Artistic Director Jaimelyn Gray says this play captures the kind of the work they hope to produce: 'Funny, quirky, sad, with a mess of emotion.'

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
January 23, 2018

Black Pearl Sings! drives home the power of song as a means of passing down a rich, storied past. It's a fascinating concept the idea of gathering words and melodies as a way to preserve and honor history.

BWW Review: Hearts Open Wide for THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Milwaukee's First StageBWW Review: Hearts Open Wide for THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Milwaukee's First Stage
January 19, 2018

Even on paper, Edward's story sounds enchanting: Can a toy rabbit, swept away on a decades-long journey of joy, loss, fear, and loneliness, truly come to know the miracle of love? First Stage delivers on that enchantment.

BWW Review: ANIMAL FARM Makes for Relevant, but Rocky Theater at the Milwaukee RepBWW Review: ANIMAL FARM Makes for Relevant, but Rocky Theater at the Milwaukee Rep
January 17, 2018

Bleak. Cold. Apocalyptic. Even before the house lights dimmed, the mood was already dreary. The stage is laden with a mess of concrete, metal, and a visual manifestation of shattered dreams for what would be a rather brain-wrenching, hope-dashing 90 minutes. Of course, that's just what Orwell's novel is meant to convey.

BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up the Power of Pie & What's Inside at Milwaukee's Marcus CenterBWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up the Power of Pie & What's Inside at Milwaukee's Marcus Center
January 4, 2018

Waitress is indeed a triumph, and the hope of it speaking to women everywhere encouraging fortitude, shining a light on female friendships, and pushing us all to be brave enough to stand up to our enemies in the pursuit of happiness it's incredibly moving, and leaves me hungry for more.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Spreads Tidings of Comfort & Joy at Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Spreads Tidings of Comfort & Joy at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
December 6, 2017

The Milwaukee Rep boasts the second-longest-running professional production of the Charles Dickens classic in the country, and given the magnificent caliber of its set and costume design, stage direction, original score, veteran actors, and touch of Panto-style (interactive) theater, this is one 'Carol' that will undoubtedly continue to be sung for decades to come.

BWW Review: THE SECRET MASK Moves with  Subtle Power at Milwaukee's Next Act TheatreBWW Review: THE SECRET MASK Moves with Subtle Power at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre
December 5, 2017

At the Next Act Theatre, there's something subtle, raw, and real now on stage. These are the kind of fine performances that stick with you, and if you're an avid theatergoer, that's one of the best gifts you could receive this season.

BWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music TheatreBWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre
November 24, 2017

Waiting for the show to begin, dozens of families trickled into the Skylight's Cabot Theatre, toting little girls in their Sunday best. Eyes gleaming, some of them were lucky enough to snag a booster seat, while others hung over the orchestra railing to sneak a peek at the conductor during Annie's overture. I remember being that little girl myself. Cue the fond nostalgia.

BWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
November 20, 2017

Suspense, plot twists, believability, a dash of humor, a satisfying finale that's what successful murder-mysteries are made of. When a play possesses all of these hallmarks and even boasts the company of everyone's favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, a surefire hit seems elementary, my dear Watson.

BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Delivers Laugh-Out-Loud Murder & Mayhem at Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Delivers Laugh-Out-Loud Murder & Mayhem at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
November 16, 2017

Confession: They had to resuscitate me before I could write this post because I had died from laughter. Murder for Two, running now through January 14th, is a mix of music, murder, and mayhem - or as Joe Kinosian, the show's co-author and Milwaukee High School of the Arts alumnus, calls it: 'a love letter to musical theater, screwball comedy, and partnership.'

BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera CompanyBWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera Company
October 22, 2017

As a sometimes-self-identifying Millennial, it may come as little surprise that opera is relatively new territory for me. I've grown up as a lover of musical theater, but classic opera is a whole other ball o' wax. Mainstream media doesn't exactly drop Verdi, Mozart, Leh r, or even Gilbert & Sullivan into one's lap. I've had to seek out the experience of opera, going into it knowing that there's a risk involved. A risk of disappointment and of the experience affirming what current trends seem to have decided for me: that opera's rightful place is in the past.

BWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We AreBWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We Are
October 13, 2017

With Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky, the Next Act Theatre invites us, for a couple of hours, to orient ourselves in a place and time before the 1990 Hubble telescope, before the 1969 moon landing, before the first rocket launch in 1926, and before Edwin Hubble proved the vastness of galaxies far beyond our own in 1923. It's here that we meet mathematician and aspiring astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, played by the always-brilliant Deb Staples.

BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS is a Sure Bet at Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS is a Sure Bet at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
October 13, 2017

Though GUYS & DOLLS might not offer deep self reflection, it continues to be a staple of the American musical tradition for accomplishing the one thing musical theater set out to offer in the first place: An escape. A sense of sheer joy. A break from the monotony of reality and our own personal problems. A chance to be part of a fantasy world of song and dance for a few hours where the laughs are rehearsed and the guy gets the girl and leave with a smile.

BWW Review: SOUVENIR Delights at Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: SOUVENIR Delights at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
October 13, 2017

It's said that lovers of good music had to stuff their handkerchiefs in their mouths to keep from bursting out laughing at the operatic recitals of eccentric Manhattan socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins. Madame Flo once declared, 'People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.' She wasn't wrong people did say she couldn't sing, but sing she did.