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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

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Genius Week in Milwaukee


Genius Week in Milwaukee.

That's not the name of some group of Apple users or a group of bright young people working to make Milwaukee a better place to live.

What it is is a current run of theatrical genius available in this city.

There are three certifiable geniuses at work in our town.

George Bernard Shaw, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, is on display at the Boulevard Theatre in their production of the brain-challenging "Don Juan in Hell." It's a very interesting play full of smart debate about good and evil, men and women and hedonism and deep philosophizing.

The other geniuses at work are Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, who defined the American musical theater with works like "The Sound of Music," which is running at the Skylight Music Theatre.

We all have memories of the story of the religious postulate who falls in love with an Austrian sea captain during the height of the Nazi invasion.

The play features songs that almost everybody knows all the words to and there is a marvelous cast of adults and children. It's a perfect holiday treat for the whole family.

It's rare that we have this kind of confluence of genius in Milwaukee and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it.

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