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UWM Peck School of the Arts

Starting Wednesday, December 6, the UW-Milwaukee Theater is presenting George Bernard Shaw’s classic Major Barbara.  The play is typical of Shaw in its subject matter - it tackles arms manufacturing, pacifism, women’s rights, class and the evils of poverty.

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Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Rep opened the 42 consecutive year of its production of A Christmas Carol. The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic has gone through a number of changes at the Rep over the years.

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Scrooge in Redwhich opens this week at InTandem Theatre, features some characters familiar to fans of the Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, but the setting might be a bit less familiar to modern audiences. 

The play is set in a late 1800s, English music hall. Set designer and muralist, Linda Freund, created the setting not just on the stage but in the lobby as well. 

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As the holiday season gets underway, there are a myriad of new productions opening at theaters throughout Milwaukee. Lake Effect contributor and local theater critic Dave Begel, regularly joins us to talk about shows on stage around Wisconsin and some of the big topics impacting theater around the world. Begel offers his opinions on the latest round of theater openings and the must-see productions this season. 

Mark Frohna

There are a lot of holiday options on stage around town right now, from First Stage’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas to the Milwaukee Rep’s annual A Christmas Carol. Just across town, there's another production at Skylight Music Theatre that is playing to rave reviews and packed houses. 

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There's nothing elementary about the new production Holmes and Watson at the Milwaukee Rep. This Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's play is directed by the Rep’s former artistic director Joe Hanreddy.

It stars Norman Moses and Mark Corkins - two men very familiar to Milwaukee theatre audiences. Between them, they have decades of on stage experience and in this play they get to show off all of that skill and experience to great theatrical effect.

Austin Bean

Mayfield, Wisconsin native Joe Kinosian met his writing partner Kellen Blair at a musical theater writer’s workshop in 2008.  It wasn't long until their successful two man murder-mystery musical comedy, Murder for Two, was born. The show debuted in Chicago in 2011 and has basically remained in production ever since.

Feast of Crispian

In a neon-lit rehearsal room in the basement of the UW-Milwaukee theatre building, a troupe of actors is blocking a scene from Othello. As Shakespeare’s words fill the room, you begin to notice the unit patches on the actors' jackets, the pins on hats.

Quasimondo Physical Theatre

Writer Jeff Grygny has long been interested in how philosophy, culture, science, and spirituality intersect. His latest work, The Performance Ecology Project, factors in the natural world. The production is a collaboration of Quasimondo Physical Theatre and Cooperative Performance.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in five adults in the United States has a mental illness – and rates of suicide attempts and deaths by prescription drug overdose are on the rise nationally.

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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.

In Tandem Theatre

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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