It was 188 days ago that I made "The Promise" that may well turn out to destroy my self-image, mourn a milestone, make me afraid to ever show my face in public again. Or it may well be "The Promise" that fulfills my dream, celebrates a milestone, gives a little bit of pleasure to a lot of people, provides a few laughs and a chance for cocktails, and turns out a lot better than I thought.
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.
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.
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.
I've been eating, drinking, and breathing the topic of Milwaukee talk radio for the past 20 months or so now, so when I read Dave Begel's March 1 OnMilwaukee.com article, "Milwaukee talk radio's (mostly) barren landscape," I felt an overwhelming need to respond. My particular int...