Milwaukee, WI Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY Portrays Christmas Gospel through Poetry and Soul BWW Review: Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY Portrays Christmas Gospel through Poetry and Soul
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - December 08, 2016

Black Arts MKE presents their joyous and triumphant 2nd annual version of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity first produced in 1961. Numerous theaters throughout America remount the production every year to celebrate the holiday season with an all African American cast. At Wilson Theater in Vogel Hall,... (more...)
BWW Review: Audiences Completely Give Their Hearts to MKE Rep's Resplendent New A CHRISTMAS CAROL BWW Review: Audiences Completely Give Their Hearts to MKE Rep's Resplendent New A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - December 07, 2016

What could be a better holiday gift to Milwaukee than a World Premiere adaptation of Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol? On Friday night, Artistic Director Mark Clements opened his resplendent adaptation for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the gorgeous Pabst Theatre. In this innovative adaptation... (more...)
BWW Review: MCT's LOBBY HERO Pursues Relevant Ethical Questions through Bright Comedy BWW Review: MCT's LOBBY HERO Pursues Relevant Ethical Questions through Bright Comedy
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - December 07, 2016

A late night, New York lobby, courtesy of Scenic Designer Stephen Hudson-Mairet, features one security guard and his captain supervisor who delve into current moral dilemmas during Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Lobby Hero. Director C. Michael Wright challenges his audience through witty humor and gend... (more...)
BWW Preview: MKE Rep's New A CHRISTMAS CAROL Shines Light and Love on Dickens' Dark London BWW Preview: MKE Rep's New A CHRISTMAS CAROL Shines Light and Love on Dickens' Dark London
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - November 28, 2016

When Dickens wrote his timeless Christmas story about mid 19th century London audiences often push aside, especially at the holidays, he wanted his audiences to be transformed into seeing their world  in a new way. In 2016, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater produces their 41st incarnation of Charles D... (more...)
BWW Review: The Rep's FOREIGNER Resounds with Contagious Laughter and Contemporary Relevance BWW Review: The Rep's FOREIGNER Resounds with Contagious Laughter and Contemporary Relevance
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - November 25, 2016

Written 30 plus years ago in 1985, the late Milwaukee playwright Larry Shue's award winning Foreigner first debuted at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. After playing Broadway in the 80's, and reprised by numerous theaters across the country on an annual basis, Foreigner returns to the Quadracci Powe... (more...)
BWW Review: Skylight's Glittering LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Lavishes Joie de Vivre for Family BWW Review: Skylight's Glittering LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Lavishes Joie de Vivre for Family
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - November 23, 2016

What defines a family--those people who love by sacrificing their own life for someone else? In a lavish production where Chris March's luscious costumes touch the senses, Skylight Music Theater stages the 1983 Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles. Scenic Designer Liliana Duque Piñeiro complements Ma... (more...)
BWW Review: MKE's Cold Nights Warm to Berlin's Hot Music at the Stackner's I LOVE A PIANO BWW Review: MKE's Cold Nights Warm to Berlin's Hot Music at the Stackner's I LOVE A PIANO
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - November 09, 2016

This season Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Stackner Cabaret warms the holidays with the Great American Songbook: A tribute to the incomparable composer Irving Berlin in the musical revue I Love A Piano. When an old forlorn piano with one broken note magically reveals the instrument's history during t... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater RED's Enthralling BONNY ANNE BONNY Rules the High Seas in World Premiere BWW Review: Theater RED's Enthralling BONNY ANNE BONNY Rules the High Seas in World Premiere
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - November 09, 2016

In an on-stage adventure that will thrill any secret buccaneer, Theater RED world premieres Bonny Anne Bonny in collaboration with the Department of Theatre at Milwaukee's Wisconsin Lutheran College's (WLC). Set in the WLC Performing Arts Center's Raabe Theatre, WLC students along with Director Chri... (more...)