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: THE CONSTRUCTIVISTS Bring Gruesome & Gripping Storytelling to Milwaukee with THE PILLOWMANBWW Review: THE CONSTRUCTIVISTS Bring Gruesome & Gripping Storytelling to Milwaukee with THE PILLOWMAN
Posted: Nov. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Shakespeare Meets Musical Theater in SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Marcus CenterBWW Review: Shakespeare Meets Musical Theater in SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Marcus Center
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


BWW Review: Irish Tale OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Quietly Charms at Next Act TheatreBWW Review: Irish Tale OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Quietly Charms at Next Act Theatre
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018


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


LAST 365 DAYS

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


BWW Review: Rollicking ALL NIGHT STRUT Brings Music & Nostalgia to the Milwaukee Rep's Stackner CabaretBWW 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 PILLOWMANBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 BooksBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 TheaterBWW 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 REDBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 TheaterBWW 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 PARISBWW 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 & SublimeBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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.

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
April 15, 2018

Beautifully written, with minimal sets and moments that suggest the characters are aware of the parts they're playing, this is a wonderful and enduring work of dramatic art - and one that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater carries out with ease.

BWW Review: World Premier of Michael Pink's BEAUTY & THE BEAST Enchants at the Milwaukee BalletBWW Review: World Premier of Michael Pink's BEAUTY & THE BEAST Enchants at the Milwaukee Ballet
April 13, 2018

Roses wave hello, storybook pages spring to life, the townsfolk are actually nice, and the troupe of orphan children are a little creepy. This isn't Disney's Beauty & the Beast. Instead, Michael Pink gives us a world premier Milwaukee ballet where 'Belle is the hero of her own story; a voracious reader, quick-witted, and the maker of her own destiny.'

BWW Review: Bold & Beautiful I AND YOU Shines at Milwaukee's Next Act TheatreBWW Review: Bold & Beautiful I AND YOU Shines at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre
April 10, 2018

Anyone who's taken a poetry class knows that there's so much more to poetic words than meets the eye. If you look the right way, there's often something grand underneath - a hidden meaning waiting to be discovered through focused reading and an open mind. Lauren Gunderson's soul-stirring I and You is indeed a poetry all its own.

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
March 29, 2018

Les Miz, based on the book by Victor Hugo, is now in its 32nd year, having played to more than 70 million people in 44 countries and 22 languages. It's the fifth-longest-running Broadway musical of all time. And if the enthusiastic reception at the Marcus Center on opening night is any indication, Boubil and Schonberg's masterpiece continues to keep a strangle hold on Milwaukee-area hearts.

BWW Review: Good, Plain Fun & A Remarkable Friendship Fill the Cabaret at the Milwaukee Rep's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINEBWW Review: Good, Plain Fun & A Remarkable Friendship Fill the Cabaret at the Milwaukee Rep's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE
March 29, 2018

Unbridled enthusiasm - that's what this show's got. Even if Ms. Cline isn't your personal hero, the entire Patsy package is still guaranteed to leave you grinning.

BWW Review: Intense & Searing UNTIL THE FLOOD Brings Timely Truth to the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: Intense & Searing UNTIL THE FLOOD Brings Timely Truth to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
March 22, 2018

Ripped from the headlines. Raw emotion. Affecting stories. Diverse perspectives. The kind of stuff that makes you search your soul. That's what playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith is bringing to the Stiemke Studio at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater with her one-woman show, Until the Flood.

BWW Review:  Skylight & Milwaukee Opera Theatre Breathe Fresh Life Into THE TALES OF HOFFMANNBWW Review: Skylight & Milwaukee Opera Theatre Breathe Fresh Life Into THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
March 20, 2018

The overall tone of 'Hoffmann' is rife with broken hearts and a healthy dose of the macabre. With this comes a wondrous, dreamlike quality that the Skylight and Milwaukee Opera Theatre have captured exquisitely. The scenery itself, the on-stage orchestra, the celestial lighting, and creative ways in which characters come and go - it all serves to highlight the fantasy in this 'opera fantastique.'



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