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Next Act Theatre [edit]
255 S. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 278-0765
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This critically acclaimed professional theater company produces the best of off-Broadway and contemporary theater in an intimate and engaging setting. Performing fall through spring.

Shows are performed at In Tandem's Tenth Street Theatre.
Upcoming events

Nov. 3, 2016 - Nov. 6, 2016
Danceworks Professional Company: Dance In or Take Out?

Dance In Or Take Out? Next Act Theatre and various community locations Thursday, November 3 - 7:30pm Friday, November 4 - 7:30pm Saturday, November 5 – 7:30pm Sunday, November 6 – 2:30pm Dance In: Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) will kick off the celebration of its 20th Anniversary Season, combining memories of the past through bold remounts with vibrant new works that commemorate the company’s growth and accomplishments in Dance In at Next Act Theatre. Artistic Director, Dani Kuepper will revisit Refrain, a dynamic solo that premiered in her first season with DPC, choreographed by Li Ciao Ping. Powerful eloquence permeates Emma Draves’, The Violet Hour and Sean Curran’s pulsing, The Force of Circumstance features the company’s virtuosity. DPC’s Christal Wagner will create a new work in the open air of the intersection of 5th St. and St. Paul Avenue that will be translated to the stage in collaboration with filmmaker Kym McDaniel. Take Out: As a gift to the community, DPC will Take Out dances that are a part of their first concert of the season to a variety of locations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding area in free, pop-up performances. DPC will invite the public to share a unique place to Take Out a DPC dance. Share your ideas at #DPCTakeOut.

Nov. 17, 2016 - Dec. 11, 2016
unSilent Night

December 24, 1953, Milwaukee - Frank is wrapping up his annual, offbeat Christmas Eve radio show at WNXT. Producer Liz has just left for her snowy drive to the Oostburg in-laws; all is reasonably calm. As Frank is signing off for the night he’s surprised by an unexpected visitor. The troubled intruder has much on his mind, and Frank jumps back on the air, turning to his listeners for help. Next Act brings you an ingenious tale of broadcast suspense, trimmed with the season's music, stories, nostalgia and the possibility of redemption. Everyone needs a lifeline.

Feb. 2, 2017 - Feb. 26, 2017
The Other Place by Sharr White

Researcher Juliana Smithton is poised for a tremendous clinical breakthrough. As she presents her findings to colleagues at an upscale beach resort, though, she is distracted by an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini sitting among the business suits. A mystery unravels, as Juliana's sense of truth collides with fragmented memories and with family and peers she finds increasingly difficult to trust. White's psychological and emotional thriller will have you on the edge until the curtain comes down. ... but thinking makes it so.

April 6, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Bloomsday by Steven Dietz

Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour 35 years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them - only briefly - together. This Irish time travel love story blends wit, humor and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past. The one-that-got-away, revisited


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