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: '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


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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: 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: 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: '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: '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.'

BWW Previews: Skylight & Milwaukee Opera Theatre Bring Offenbach's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN into 2018BWW Previews: Skylight & Milwaukee Opera Theatre Bring Offenbach's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN into 2018
March 15, 2018

Milwaukee Opera Theatre & the Skylight Music Theatre have crafted a much more intimate adaptation of 'The Tales of Hoffmann' - one that's sung in English, peppered with spoken dialogue, and accompanied by a nimble on-stage band of two pianos, a harp, and plenty of percussion. The cast now numbers at 13 (8 women, 5 men), and the entire production takes just two hours.

BWW Review: World Premiere ONE HOUSE OVER Tells An Immigrant Story Full of Humor & Heart at the Milwaukee Repertory TheaterBWW Review: World Premiere ONE HOUSE OVER Tells An Immigrant Story Full of Humor & Heart at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
March 5, 2018

'One House Over' smartly addresses timely issues with quiet honesty, revealing American immigrants' struggles, hopes, and fears through heartfelt dialogue. That's the true beauty in 'One House Over' - the natural way events unfold through a dozen backyard conversations.

BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Soars into Milwaukee's Marcus CenterBWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Soars into Milwaukee's Marcus Center
February 22, 2018

For the child in all of us, feet are (mostly) off the ground for this Peter Pan-inspired musical.

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.



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