This "Rat Pack" hits, misses
"The Rat Pack is Back" had a one-night stand at The Milwaukee Theater Saturday night and, while it invoked a whisper of the neon nights of Las Vegas in the '60s, it did so with more of a miss than the roar of a solid hit.
Finalists named for Wisconsin Avenue project
A dozen finalists were named for a public art initiative that will take place on West Wisconsin Avenue next summer and fall.
Warhol screen prints coming to Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Andy Warhol's art collection "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" will be opening at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Dec. 15.
Tickets on sale for the second "Body Worlds"
Tickets are now available for "Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life," the anatomical exhibition that will open at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) on Feb. 7, 2014.
Rep's "Noises Off" is a first-rate farce
There are a lot of different things you can expect when you go to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, but you would never expect this. A ballet. Right on the stage of the Quadracci Powerhouse. And with "Noises Off," a farce written by Michael Frayn and directed by KJ Sanchez, the Rep has staged a show that has everything that a great ballet has, except the music.
Chamber's "Things Being What They Are" is a comedic delight
A frequent pitfall for playwrights that write comedies is a temptation to wind things up at the end with some meaningful reform for the comics that turns them into serious human beings. Most often those attempts end up being sappy and sending an audience home with decidedly mixed feelings wondering whether they were supposed to be laughing all that time. Nothing like that plagues "Things Being What They Are."
Skylight's "Les MisÚrables" is a blessing for the audience
Go ahead and pick any adjective you want. Not one of them - or all of them - can possibly do justice to the glorious production of "Les MisÚrables" that opened Friday night at the Skylight Music Theatre. But blessed may come close for those lucky enough to see it. After it was over, I felt blessed.
The journey from page to stage proves difficult for "The Old Garde"
Writing a play is a difficult proposition just by itself. Then transferring the play from the page to the stage adds yet another layer of potential - and problems - to the process. All of this is important background information because Thursday night was the premiere of "The Old Garde," a play written by veteran Milwaukee journalist Bruce Murphy, and produced and directed by Mark Bucher at his Boulevard Theatre.
88Nine and program director Mark Keefe part ways
Former program director Mark Keefe left 88Nine Radio Milwaukee after 3 1/2 years of service. It is unclear whether the decision was made by Keefe or by station management.
"Evita" coming to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
"Evita," Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved, award-winning musical chronicling the rise of Argentinian political leader Eva Peron, is coming to Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 4-9.
You bet your life "Groucho" is a big winner
It's only when we get to the end of the play that the truth behind the comic genius of Groucho Marx finally gets revealed. It's the crowning moment of the spectacular production of "Groucho: A Life in Revue" that opened at Next Act Theatre Friday night. And it's the moment that starts the tears coming as Groucho remembers the good times with his brothers. The tears are a surprise after almost 90 minutes of hilarity.
Einstein meets Picasso in Soulstice's schizophrenically funny "Lapin Agile"
So two guys walk into a bar. One is named Albert Einstein. The other is named Pablo Picasso. If that sounds like a joke, that's because it is. In order to get to the punchline, you'll have to see "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," the Steve Martin play that opened over the weekend at Soulstice Theatre.
The Onion stops printing a paper and shuts down A.V. Club Milwaukee
The Onion newspaper and the A.V. Club Milwaukee website are going away. This means the final issue of The Onion will hit newsstands on Thursday, Dec. 12 and the local web site will cease to exist the same day.
Fall in love with the Milwaukee Ballet's "Romeo & Juliet"
Someone once said that ballet is an art form that proves you don't need words to tell a story.The Milwaukee Ballet told the most honored of stories this weekend when they performed artistic director Michael Pink's staging of "Romeo & Juliet," an absolutely stunning event.
"Ghost Brothers" lives up to its famous creators' names
It might have taken a long time for Mellencamp and King to put the haunted musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" together, but for the audience at the Riverside Theater on Tuesday night, their diligence was appreciated.
The Rep's "Forever Plaid" sweetly sings a nostalgic tune
Mark Clements, artistic director of the Milwaukee Rep, has a great big wheelhouse, and he has hit his stride in the intimate setting of the Stackner Cabaret. No further evidence is needed than to let the smooth joy of "Forever Plaid" wash over you.
"500 Clown Frankenstein" combines clowning, Frankenstein
"Frankenstein" features three performers who are charged with a task: "make monster." Bound in elaborate Edwardian costumes, the trio embarks on a journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory while they struggle and battle through acrobatic feats." What better way to enjoy the Halloween spirit?
Potawatomi offers free Museum of Wisconsin Art memberships
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Potawatomi Bingo Casino has partnered with the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to offer free annual museum memberships to visitors of the museum on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Dickinson comes alive in "The Belle of Amherst"
I have a lot of respect for Shakespeare. I kind of like Robert Frost, and Maya Angelou has written a few things I like. But Emily Dickinson? Forget it. No way. Birds, harps and flowers. Not for me. That is why I am so surprised how very much I liked "The Belle of Amherst," William Luce's one person play about Emily Dickinson.
Six-play festival kicks off Thursday night
There could be no more fitting way to honor the memory of Milwaukeean Sally Marks than with a festival of her greatest love - theater. Uprooted Theatre, the brainchild and nurtured company of Marti Gobel - one of the very best and busiest actors in Milwaukee - is honoring Marks' memory with a six-play fete, called "Stretch MARKS," to be held at Next Act Theatre.
No need to feel green: "Shrek the Musical" is fun for everyone
So you take a sickly green ogre, throw in his almost best friend - a donkey - add an evil king wannabe and top it off with a damsel in distress, and you've got the makings of something kids and adults alike can enjoy. If you then add some cute songs, good choreography and incredible costumes, what you'd end up with is the First Stage production of "Shrek the Musical," which opened Friday night at the Todd Wehr Theater.
Two artists selected for East Library's public art project
The Milwaukee Public Library announced the two artists commissioned to create two public art installations in the East Library, which is currently being remodeled. The two winning local artists are Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin.
This morning, "The Arts Page" crew and I visited Colin Matthes, creator of The Green Mini Demo Derby, a solar-powered visual art experience at Inova Gallery.
LGBT Community Center brings back Big Night OUT
For the first time in several years, The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will sponsor a Big Night OUT event. The gala takes place Friday, Oct. 11 at the Potawatomi Expo Center at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are still available.
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" is a little off target at Turner Hall
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" began as a podcast but is now also a television series on IFC. On Monday night at the Turner Hall Ballroom, the podcast version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" was enjoyed by a nearly full house.