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BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is Immensely Enjoyable at the Milwaukee Rep Photo BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is Immensely Enjoyable at the Milwaukee Rep
by Kelsey Lawler - June 07, 2022

What did our critic think of Murder on the Orient Express at Milwaukee rep? If you’re a fan of the “whodunit” genre, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a classic. If you don’t already know the identity of the murderer, don’t you dare go snooping around the internet to find out -- the ...
BWW Review: Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Stuns with Song at SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE Photo BWW Review: Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Stuns with Song at SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
by Kelsey Lawler - May 24, 2022

This HUNCHBACK is staggering, extraordinary, and masterfully staged. The Skylight has outdone themselves with this season finale....
BWW Review: GET HAPPY is a Triumphant Tribute to Judy Garland at the MILWAUKEE REP Photo BWW Review: GET HAPPY is a Triumphant Tribute to Judy Garland at the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - May 10, 2022

Close your eyes, and you might think Judy Garland is in the room. Open them, and you might still think she’s in the room. Angela Ingersoll is both every-inch a blazing star in her own right and a glorious tribute to one of America’s all-time greatest voices. ...
BWW Review: True Story of THE AMAZING LEMONADE GIRL Will Inspire All Ages at FIRST ST Photo BWW Review: True Story of THE AMAZING LEMONADE GIRL Will Inspire All Ages at FIRST STAGE
by Kelsey Lawler - May 09, 2022

Now playing at First Stage, The Amazing Lemonade Girl is based on the true story of Alexandra Flynn Scott, the young girl who started a childhood cancer movement by literally turning lemons into lemonade....
BWW Review: RAISIN Brings Heart & Soul to Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre Photo BWW Review: RAISIN Brings Heart & Soul to Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - April 14, 2022

For a moving musical portrait of 1950s Black American life, Raisin is certainly one to see....
BWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL is Tremendously Spectacular at the MILWAUKEE REPERTOR Photo BWW Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL is Tremendously Spectacular at the MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER
by Kelsey Lawler - April 11, 2022

Something epic has just set sail at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Years in the making and the company's single largest production in their 70-year history, Titanic the Musical is every inch a spectacular, tremendous achievement....
BWW Review: Quirky & Hypnotic, PRELUDES Entrances at Milwaukee Opera Theatre Photo BWW Review: Quirky & Hypnotic, PRELUDES Entrances at Milwaukee Opera Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - April 04, 2022

Amidst the manic chaos of a broken mind, 'Preludes' proves to be a quirky, beautifully-written piece, lovingly delivered by the team at Milwaukee Opera Theatre....
BWW Review: NEW AGE Takes a Hopeful Look at Aging at the MILWAUKEE REP Photo BWW Review: NEW AGE Takes a Hopeful Look at Aging at the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - March 26, 2022

The play is the fruit of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s New Play Development Program. While other challenging pieces tackle racism or sexism, this one digs into ageism, specifically for women. ...
BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep's MY WAY Celebrates Sinatra & the Great American Songbo Photo BWW Review: The Milwaukee Rep's MY WAY Celebrates Sinatra & the Great American Songbook
by Kelsey Lawler - March 10, 2022

The cast does right by Old Blue Eyes, bringing a perfect blend of reverence, theatricality, and their own interpretations to the tunes of My Way. There isn’t a story to hang your hat on, rather the foursome seamlessly presents song after toe-tappin’, swoon-worthy song. ...
BWW Review: Big Love for AS YOU LIKE IT at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Photo BWW Review: Big Love for AS YOU LIKE IT at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - February 21, 2022

At the crossroads of the Bard and Beatlemania lies the fantastic As You Like It. Full disclosure: I’m smack-dab in the middle of the target audience, where the Shakespeare-loving (or at least willing) meet Beatles fans. But I believe this genre-mashup would be terrific fun for anyone. The show takes...
BWW Review: ANTONIO'S SONG/I WAS DREAMING OF A SON is Powerful Poetry at the MILWAUKE Photo BWW Review: ANTONIO'S SONG/I WAS DREAMING OF A SON is Powerful Poetry at the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - February 03, 2022

The Milwaukee Rep welcomes theater back into the Stiemke Studio with Antonio's Song/I Was Dreaming of a Son by Dael Orlandersmith and Antonio Edwards Suarez, directed by Mark Clements. The Rep describes the play as a 'poetic journey of a dancer/artist/father questioning the balance of his passions -...
BWW Review: 9 Reasons to See TONI STONE at the MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER Photo BWW Review: 9 Reasons to See TONI STONE at the MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER
by Kelsey Lawler - January 17, 2022

After a delayed opening, Toni Stone is finally game-on at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, it's the biographical telling of the first woman to go pro in baseball's negro leagues, Marcenia 'Toni' Stone. Hers is a story of overcoming the odds and shattering expectati...
BWW Review: PIANO MEN Brings the Piano Bar to the Milwaukee Rep Cabaret Photo BWW Review: PIANO MEN Brings the Piano Bar to the Milwaukee Rep Cabaret
by Kelsey Lawler - January 12, 2022

A 90-minute confection. That's what Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements lovingly calls his Piano Men creation, now on stage in the Stackner Cabaret. The show is fully request-driven and unplanned -- part music revue, part piano bar. Not sure if piano bars are your thing? Trust the experien...
BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL is a Terrific First for BOMBSHELL THEATRE CO. Photo BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL is a Terrific First for BOMBSHELL THEATRE CO.
by Kelsey Lawler - January 08, 2022

A lot of love and hard work went into this production, and if this cast keeps doing what they’re doing, they’re on track to charm audiences throughout their two-weekend run....
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a Festive Hug at the MILWAUKEE REP Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a Festive Hug at the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - December 07, 2021

It had been a staggering 701 days since the Milwaukee Rep's last performance of A Christmas Carol, but this holiday tradition is back at the Pabst and as fantastic as ever. From old friends to new faces, the ever-impressive scenery to lush costumes, this whole production, adapted and directed by Mar...
BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is Fun & Festive at FIRST STAGE Photo BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is Fun & Festive at FIRST STAGE
by Kelsey Lawler - November 22, 2021

'Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?' Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about: families making memories together, talking about what the holiday season means to them, and showing those on the sidelines a little love, care, and attention. If your holiday ...
BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Kills It at SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE Photo BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Kills It at SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
by Kelsey Lawler - November 21, 2021

An unconventional holiday treat is on stage at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre through January 2nd. Directed by Michael Unger (his first since taking the reins as Artistic Director), Little Shop of Horrors may not tee up glad tidings of comfort and cheer, but a show this fun is equal to the festi...
BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Brings Laughter Through Tears to the MILWAUKEE REP Photo BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Brings Laughter Through Tears to the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - November 15, 2021

This show strikes a perfect emotional balance that steals your heart and splits your sides....
BWW Review: DAD'S SEASON TICKETS is a Love Letter to Packer Nation at the MILWAUKEE R Photo BWW Review: DAD'S SEASON TICKETS is a Love Letter to Packer Nation at the MILWAUKEE REP
by Kelsey Lawler - November 02, 2021

At the intersection of Packer fandom, Wisconsin pride, and musical theater lies Dad’s Season Tickets....
BWW Review: Surprising & Surreal WINK is a Winner Photo BWW Review: Surprising & Surreal WINK is a Winner
by Kelsey Lawler - October 31, 2021

Going blindly into The Constructivists' Wink was the right choice. I'd read the brief synopsis, but that only claws at the surface of what this refreshingly absurd, surrealist dark comedy is all about....
BWW Review: Skylight's THE FULL MONTY is a Cheeky Delight Photo BWW Review: Skylight's THE FULL MONTY is a Cheeky Delight
by Kelsey Lawler - October 05, 2021

It takes big-time guts to bare your butt cheeks on stage, and these guys bare more than that. The good vibes -- and a good laugh -- are just the palette cleanse we all need after the year-and-a-half we’ve had....
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: THE LOVERS' TALE Casts a Spell this Milwaukee Photo BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: THE LOVERS' TALE Casts a Spell this Milwaukee Summer
by Kelsey Lawler - August 09, 2021

Midsummer makes smiles and laughter easy. It’s at once classic, escapist, and comforting—just what we need from the theater on what we hope is the heels of a pandemic. It’s exciting to think that this mobile production will bring Shakespeare to so many corners of Milwaukee. ...
BWW Review: 5 Reasons to Mask Up & See FIRST LADY OF SONG Photo BWW Review: 5 Reasons to Mask Up & See FIRST LADY OF SONG
by Kelsey Lawler - May 07, 2021

A scintillating, scatting, sensational return to live theater -- who could ask for anything more? The Milwaukee Rep delivers a heaping portion of the good stuff in the triumphant 'First Lady of Song,' a concert salute to America’s favorite jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald....
BWW Review: Take Comfort in the Classics with MILWAUKEE BALLET's TO THE POINTE Photo BWW Review: Take Comfort in the Classics with MILWAUKEE BALLET's TO THE POINTE
by Kelsey Lawler - March 05, 2021

The On Demand experience is nicely handled and smoothly filmed. Through the use of both wide and close-up shots, we’re given an intimate vantage point that many may otherwise miss when seeing a ballet on stage. The setting is a simple colored backdrop, making for a performance that relies solely on ...
BWW Review: SistaStrings bring THE SOUND to MILWAUKEE OPERA THEATRE Photo BWW Review: SistaStrings bring THE SOUND to MILWAUKEE OPERA THEATRE
by Kelsey Lawler - February 23, 2021

The music video for The Sound opens with footage of 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests. The chants of the protests mingle with the strings warming up. “The sound drives me crazy,” the refrain repeats. Harmonious voices and strings, sparkling face masks, shades of purple and blue in braids, puppets, ...