"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.
"Burying the Bones" tells tough story of hard questions, harder answers
There are a couple of guarantees when you set off to search for the truth. One is that it can be elusive. Another is that not everybody may be happy with your search. The final thing is there is often a good chance that once you find the truth, you may well realize that life would be much better if you had just left well enough alone.
Second City brings holiday comedy to town
Chicago's legendary sketch comedy theater brings holiday cheer to Milwaukee as "The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue" comes to the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall, 123 E. State St., Dec. 5-15.
Comedian Jeff Dunham coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
The BMO Harris Bradley Center announced today that stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is coming to town Feb. 6, 2014 as a part of his "Disorderly Conduct" world tour.
"An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Beouf" is an unsatisfying dish
A strikingly disheveled David Flores, as Victor, a multi-millionare expatriate in Paris, walks into his own cafe and announces to his private staff that he is going to stop eating until he finally dies. That's the start of "An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf," the season opener for the Windfall Theatre.
"Venus in Fur" is a fascinating play within a play
The simple thing to do would be to look at "Venus in Fur" as just another story of seduction with a little S&M thrown in for good measure. Lots of laughs plus some sexy skin and lingerie. But the play is so much more in the hands of director Laura Gordon and her talented duo of performers.
Superb acting brings "Dying City" to life
"Dying City" is a tough play, with many layers and a subtext that demands exploration. Youngblood has developed a reputation for staging provocative productions and this one is no exception.
Skate into Bigfoot's show
In conjunction with Bay View Gallery Night, Bigfoot Bike & Skate will feature 30 unique, one-of-a-kind longboard skateboard decks created by local artists.
Shooting pool with the doomed and going to the World Series on a school day
I admit I initially wondered why Milwaukee's Kipp Friedman had written a memoir. But that's before I really knew the slightest thing about him. Thankfully, "Barracuda In the Attic: A Memoir by the Latest Member of a Comedic Dynasty," published in hardcover by Fantagraphics Books, makes it all quite clear.
"The Detective's Wife" is a captivating one-woman tour de force
It becomes ever more clear as the journey takes us along that you better beware when you search, for what you find may well not be what you expected. That's at the core of the fascination with "The Detective's Wife," the one-woman show that had a triumphant opening over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
"Perfect Mendacity" shows ripped-from-the-headlines done well
In the end this play may well be ripped from the headlines, but it also is a deftly-told examination of what it means to lie and what it means to lie about lying.
"Cinematic Titanic" bids farewell with emotional, humorous show
It was a bittersweet night of laughter and celebration as "Cinematic Titanic" delighted a packed house for its second show of the weekend at The Pabst Theater. This was the final show the Mystery Science Theater 3000-infused group will ever play in Milwaukee as its "Farewell Tour" wraps up at the end of this year.
"Ragtime" is a triumph
Mark Clements allows the music to flow and to carry us back in time to a place we've only heard about. And the exuberance of this cast of wonderful singers and dancers gives us a show worth the time travel backwards.
Subbaraman's reign gets a promising start with "Fidelio"
The reign of Viswa Subbaraman as the new artistic director at Skylight took wing Friday night as a giant and powerful eagle soaring majestically into the sky and inviting all of us to come along for the ride of a lifetime.
Polish your dirty words in Erotica 101
Erotica writer extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussel returns to the Tool Shed to teach an Erotica Writing 101 workshop on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20.
"Kimberly Akimbo" marks a promising debut for new theater group
If the rest of the productions staged by brand-new theater company The Splinter Group match this quality, the theater panorama in Milwaukee will be much richer.
Acting on your knees: "Shrek" at First Stage
For many years I've thought that Matt Daniels moves as well as anyone I've ever seen. He has poise and grace and never makes any kind of move without having a reason for it. I find it breathless to watch him onstage. But he now faces what may well be the greatest movement challenge an actor could face: playing someone half his height.
"Jerker" is too offensive to be effective
I have been going to the theater for over half a century and I have never heard a play this dirty - and it never manages to transcend the raw, shocking sexuality.
UPAF distributes $8 million
United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced today that it will distribute a record-breaking $8,338,000 this fiscal year to Southeastern Wisconsin performing arts groups.
"I Left My Heart" delivers on the old-school glamour
"I Left My Heart" is, as the title implies, a tribute to Tony Bennett's music. The young performers onstage didn't try to replicate anything else about 87-year-old Bennett. Instead, it was an evening of appreciation for the style of this unique performer whose career has essentially run laps on so many others.
"Exquisite Uterus Project" opens at UWM
Move over "Vagina Monologues," it's time for "The Exquisite Uterus Project." The fourth showing of this project opens on Friday, Sept, 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Union Art Gallery, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Benson scores at Turner Hall
Doug Benson, the star of documentaries such as "Super High Me" and "The Greatest Film Ever Rolled," got the audience laughing with a set featuring ample movie references.
"Betrayal" is a pleasant surprise
One of the coolest things in life is to go somewhere and be surprised by what you find. That's what happened at opening night at Soulstice Theatre's production of "Betrayal" Friday night. This little shoestring company which has delivered unevenly in past seasons delivered an astoundingly and surprisingly powerful version of one of the great plays of the 20th century.
D-List comedian Griffin brings her A-game to the Riverside
Kathy Griffin's fearlessness makes her one of the most compelling comedians to see and that was definitely true Friday night.
Puff, puff, laugh Benson is coming to town
In today's Kramp Cast Doug and I talk about the "issues" of legalizing marijuana, the stupidity behind trying to hide it in college and how proud his parents were for him when he was named Stoner Of The Year.