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The stated mission of Tonia Sina’s organization, Intimacy Directors International, is to “create safe places for dangerous work." The dangerous work in question is intimacy on stage, which at first glance might not seem terribly dangerous. But if not handled correctly, intimate scenes can place actors in awkward, uncomfortable, or even abusive situations - even when no malice was intended.

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The fall theatre season is well underway across town.

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Do you remember cramming for a test?  Trying to regurgitate everything you learned over a semester so that you could pass the final exam and get out of high school intact? Sure you do.  That’s the situation a twelfth grade English class finds itself in, in In Tandem Theatre's production of All The Great Books (Abridged) this month. But there’s a twist.

Ross Zentner

There’s been a lot of recent attention paid to women’s accomplishments in math and science - from the film Hidden Figures, which showcased the contribution of four African-American women to the US space program in the 1960s. 

This week, the Milwaukee Rep opens Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar’s play, The Who and the What. It’s the third of four plays of the Pulitzer Prize winner to be staged at the Rep, and it explores complex familial relationships as they relate to life, religion, and the pursuit of happiness. May Adrales directs, and she's also the newest associate artistic director at the Milwaukee Rep.

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There are many stories of bravery and survival from the second world war - from soldiers risking everything to save their comrades to everyday people helping others escape. But one story of survival is perhaps not as well known - and that may be because Charlotte von Mahlsdorf hid herself in plain sight during the Nazi regime.

Born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, von Mahlsdorf was a self-described transvestite. She survived both the war and life in East Germany as openly transgender and was a beacon of hope to other European LGBTQ people throughout her life.

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In the world of organ transplants, one person could potentially save eight lives. Each donor has two lungs and two kidneys, as well as a heart, liver, pancreas, and intestine. When you count non-lifesaving organs, like eyes or skin, even more people could be helped by a complete body donation.

Many of us have the orange donor dot on our drivers’ licenses, but that alone isn't quite enough to ensure your wishes are carried out.

Michael Brosilow

Whether it’s “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”, “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck”, or “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” you probably know at least one song from the score of Frank Loesser’s 1950 show Guys and Dolls, the iconic American musical about a bunch of lovable gamblers and the women who love them. 

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Renaissance Theaterworks began a quarter of a century ago as a way to both produce good work and also promote women in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. In those 25 years, the company has mounted 66 full productions and 40 staged-readings. Nine of those productions were original works by Wisconsin playwrights and seven were World Premieres.

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Milwaukee has a proud blue collar heritage. For decades, people here worked in factories of all kinds, making everything from engines to padlocks. In Detroit, the factories tended to be automotive. And in 1998, actor and playwright Tim Campos found himself working the line at a Ford plant while trying to keep his theatre dream alive.

Jill Anna Ponasik

A Chorus Line is an iconic American musical that helped revolutionize musical theater. Michael Bennett’s 1975 show told the true stories of so-called dance gypsies - the people who audition for the chorus in musicals.

Paul Ruffolo

About 10 years ago, actor and director Michael Coty founded Youngblood Theatre to give himself and his fellow UWM Theatre graduates a chance to do professional work and take creative risks.

Over the years, Cotey acted for other companies in town and continued to direct with Youngblood, before taking a break to go to grad school for directing - a move inspired by his experience directing theater outside of Milwaukee. 

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Milwaukee Theater Critic Dave Begel is a longtime lover and reviewer of Wisconsin theater. When the season is in full swing, he will often seen four or five shows over a weekend. It's his job, but it's also his passion. 

"If you go once you're probably going to go the rest of your life, cause it's an unmatched experience. It's not the same as going to a movie or binge-watching on television," he says. 

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On August 21st, parts of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. It’s the first time in a century that the path of totality will be visible from the west coast to the east. Milwaukee isn’t in the totality path but it will still be darker than normal as the sun will be 86% eclipsed.

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Shakespeare often finds a home in American summer theater. From big professional companies like Utah Shakespeare Festival to amateur productions in community playhouses, the Bard is indeed made glorious in summer.

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