Milwaukee, WI Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Spreads Tidings of Comfort & Joy at Milwaukee Repertory Theater BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Spreads Tidings of Comfort & Joy at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
by Kelsey Lawler - December 06, 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 'Ca... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECRET MASK Moves with  Subtle Power at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre BWW Review: THE SECRET MASK Moves with Subtle Power at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - December 05, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre BWW Review: Beloved Family-Favorite ANNIE Delivers a Dose of Optimism at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 o... (more...)
BWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater BWW Review: The Heart-Pounding HOLMES & WATSON Brings Murder-Mystery Drama to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 Watso... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Delivers Laugh-Out-Loud Murder & Mayhem at Milwaukee Repertory Theater BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO Delivers Laugh-Out-Loud Murder & Mayhem at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera Company BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Romances Milwaukee at The Florentine Opera Company
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 & Sulliva... (more...)
BWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We Are BWW Review: Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre's SILENT SKY Explores Life, Legacy & Where We Are
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 beyo... (more...)
BWW Review: SOUVENIR Delights at Milwaukee Repertory Theater BWW Review: SOUVENIR Delights at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
by Kelsey Lawler - 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.' ... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS is a Sure Bet at Milwaukee Repertory Theater BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS is a Sure Bet at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
by Kelsey Lawler - 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 prob... (more...)
BWW Review: Savor Skylight's Exceptional SWEENEY TODD BWW Review: Savor Skylight's Exceptional SWEENEY TODD
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 31, 2017

Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street arrived at the Skylight Music Theatre last weekend to dazzle audiences with the American songwriter's brilliant, exquisite lyrics and melodies complimented by Hugh Wheeler's book.  A story resurrected from an old three pen... (more...)
BWW Review: In Tandem's Enchanting CARNIVAL Circles Audiences In Retro Magic BWW Review: In Tandem's Enchanting CARNIVAL Circles Audiences In Retro Magic
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 05, 2017

Similar to an actual carved and decorated carousel, In Tandem's musical Carnival circles audiences with the sentiment 'Love Makes the World Go Round.' The familiar song from the 1960's production written by Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart in their book, lyrics and music adapted from a 1950's novel t... (more...)
BWW Review: The Rep Romances Artful, Contemporary JANE EYRE BWW Review: The Rep Romances Artful, Contemporary JANE EYRE
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 05, 2017

The legendary story of Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847, arrives as artful, contemporary adaption by Polly Teale in Milwaukee Repertory Theater's season ending production at the Quadracci Powerhouse. Director KJ Sanchez follows Teale's lead and delves deeper into the psychology between... (more...)
BWW Review: 2017 REP LAB EMERGES for Company's Ongoing Success BWW Review: 2017 REP LAB EMERGES for Company's Ongoing Success
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - April 21, 2017

In the seventh presentation of the popular Rep Lab, the short-play festival features the company's Emerging Professional Residents (EPR) in acting, directing and technical theater to showcase their talent. This year, nine one act play along with a devised play written by the Emerging Professionals a... (more...)
BWW Review: RTW's Surreal THE VIOLET HOUR Subtly Colors The Future BWW Review: RTW's Surreal THE VIOLET HOUR Subtly Colors The Future
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - April 21, 2017

Violet--The color and time of day named in T.S. Eliot's 1922 epic poem The Waste Land. This color permeates Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) season ending production figuratively and literally in the Studio Theatre titled The Violet Hour. Directed by Artistic Director Suzan Fete, the comedy infused wi... (more...)
BWW Review: MCT'S Elegant GREAT EXPECTATIONS Empowers Audiences BWW Review: MCT'S Elegant GREAT EXPECTATIONS Empowers Audiences
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - April 20, 2017

In an impassioned, almost poetic adaptation of Charles Dickens' masterpiece Great Expectations, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) opened Gale Childs Daly's evocative interpretation in the Cabot Theatre last weekend. Composer Andrew Crowe, premier violinist, added an original score to haunt and mesmeri... (more...)
BWW Review:  Stackner Cabaret Invites Comic Spirit to Milwaukee in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO BWW Review: Stackner Cabaret Invites Comic Spirit to Milwaukee in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - April 02, 2017

Actor Frank Ferrante begins on Milwaukee's Stackner Cabaret's stage by walking over to a small table, sitting down, and then placing the iconic thick black mustache and eyebrows defining the indomitable comedian Groucho Marx. In the The Milwaukee Repertory Theater's superb production An Evening With... (more...)
BWW Review: Boulevard's  Delightful TAKING SHAKESPEARE Explores Human Sadness BWW Review: Boulevard's Delightful TAKING SHAKESPEARE Explores Human Sadness
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - March 08, 2017

In the inviting ambiance of Plymouth Church, Boulevard Theater's endearing Taking Shakespeare resonates with the heartbeats and sorrow inherent in classic literature, especially William Shakespeare's Othello. John Murrell's recent play presents a new perspective on this iconic tragedy in the church'... (more...)
BWW Review: Courage Fights  For Kindness In First Stage World Premiere ROBIN HOOD BWW Review: Courage Fights For Kindness In First Stage World Premiere ROBIN HOOD
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - February 24, 2017

Enjoy an adventurous trip with First Stage and their singing Troubadour through the 14th century Sherwood Forest. In a collaboration with playwrights Joe Foust and John Maclay, Jeff Frank directs the world premiere Robin Hood--- complete with thrilling stage combat from the legendary anti-hero. This... (more...)
BWW Review: Humanity's Heartbreak Revealed at OTW's Tragic WOMEN OF TROY BWW Review: Humanity's Heartbreak Revealed at OTW's Tragic WOMEN OF TROY
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - February 23, 2017

In a play more than 2000 years old written by Euripides titled The Trojan Women, Dale Gutzman's Off the Wall Theater (OTW) reimagines their Women of Troy set in the 1920's. Gutzman worked several years to adapt the play inspired by a Don Taylor translation revealing the aftermath of the infamous Tro... (more...)
BWW Review: RTW'S LUNA GALE Exposes Heartbreaking Truths of Contemporary Life BWW Review: RTW'S LUNA GALE Exposes Heartbreaking Truths of Contemporary Life
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - January 27, 2017

For any two young adults, caring for an infant can be a daunting responsibility. For Karlie and Peter, a young couple trying to kick a meth addiction, an infant can be overwhelming and sometimes forgotten in light of their personal circumstances. Renaissance Theaterworks presents Rebecca Gilman's pr... (more...)
BWW Review: Ayad Ahktar's DISGRACED Presents Profound Dilemmas in MKE Rep's Fierce Production BWW Review: Ayad Ahktar's DISGRACED Presents Profound Dilemmas in MKE Rep's Fierce Production
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - January 25, 2017

A cozy, celebratory dinner party in a cosmopolitan New York penthouse ignites irreversible damage between friends in Ayad Ahktar's 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced now on stage at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Quadracci Powerhouse. Eventually, each character in the no intermission prod... (more...)
BWW Review: Marquette Basketball and MCGUIRE Captivate Milwaukee at Rep's Stackner Cabaret BWW Review: Marquette Basketball and MCGUIRE Captivate Milwaukee at Rep's Stackner Cabaret
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - January 25, 2017

Marquette University, Milwaukee and Al McQuire became synonymous during the coach's tenure with Men's Basketball during the 1970's. To celebrate the illustrious legacy,  Milwaukee Repertory Theater captivates the audience's enthusiasm and excitement in the Stackner Cabaret. After the university hire... (more...)
BWW Review: Enchanted NUTCRACKER at MKE Ballet Elevates Holiday Hope and New Dancers BWW Review: Enchanted NUTCRACKER at MKE Ballet Elevates Holiday Hope and New Dancers
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - December 21, 2016

While the snow fell outside the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, snow feel on stage in The Milwaukee Ballet's enchanting The Nutcracker. The irresistible holiday tradition continues under Artistic Director Michael Pink dazzling costumes, set designs, and magical lighting by David Grill. The MK... (more...)