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1. "The Pillowman" is a brutal and gruesome tale of the precious power of stories
"The Pillowman" at Soulstice Theatre is a powerful play, full of gruesome tales of the abuse and murder of children. But behind all the shock is the enlightenment of how powerful and precious stories are to all of us.
2. Chamber's "Jeeves" is a silly concoction that delivers lots of laughs
The adaptation of the P. G. Wodehouse books about the stiff upper lip butler and his boss, Bertie Wooster, comes alive at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It's a night filled with laughter and more laughter.
3. Milwaukee's beautiful people come out after dark
"Is it Friday yet?" You'll hear that in Milwaukee offices all over town. As every work day continues to tick by, it's time to start planning what this weekend has in store. If you are looking for something that is unique, innovative, sexy and at the heart of Milwaukee then the only place to be this Friday night is MAM After Dark.
4. In "Luchadora," First Stage and Rios create an electric, important world premier
"Luchadora" is a production commissioned by First Stage, and it's an amazing production - full of joys and important messages to young women. Written by UWM professor Alvaro Saar Rios, it's a production that every young woman, aunt, uncle and parent should see.
5. "Lettice & Lovage" is a frothy mix for two of the city's best actors
A frothy comedy by Peter Schaffer is a delight at Renaissance Theaterworks. For two hours it's a great character study filled with laughs. But a contrived ending makes the evening end on a note that is far less funny.
6. "Ten Questions" is a fearless take on an old argument at Next Act
The question of evolution versus creationism is at the heart of "Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution" at Next Act. The most refreshing part of this production is that it values each side of the argument.
7. Off The Wall's "Odyssey" is a spellbinding play for the centuries
Dale Gutzman has staged a version of the "Odyssey," a poem that is 30 centuries old and has made it totally relevant to our world today. It's the story of all our warriors who carry out hopes and return home to struggle.
8. All In Productions' second outing "The Shape of Things" is slightly off center
The Neil LaBute play, "The Shape of Things" is a discussion of the meaning of art. But the entire discussion seems like an exercise for freshmen art students and doesn't have any transcendent insights to help answer the question.
9. Rep's "Low Down Dirty Blues" takes honest trip into American music
"Low Down Dirty Blues" at the Milwaukee Rep is a spectacular evening of the Blues with four performers who bring to life some of the greatest hits. It's focused on the Chicago Blues and is an evening of jumpin' and jiving for anyone who loves good music.
10. Milwaukee Art Museum hosts "Beauty in Bloom" event this weekend
The Milwaukee Art Museum opened "Beauty in Bloom" today, a weekend-long event showcasing gardening, floral arranging and landscape design from over 45 renowned Midwest floral designers.
11. Skylight's "Snow Dragon" roars across the stage with passion and elegance
"The Snow Dragon" at Skylight Music Theatre proves once again that brave choices make for enthralling nights of live entertainment. The English language opera deals with child abuse and the healing process for everyone.
12. Famed high wire artist Wallenda to attempt longest walk ever at State Fair
A unique kind of headliner was announced bright and early this morning for the Wisconsin State Fair, as the festival announced famed high wire artist Nik Wallenda will attempt his longest walk ever at the State Fair.
13. Arte Para Todos announces funding results of first annual festival
This morning, Arte Para Todos announced that it raised $21,165, 100 percent of which will be split evenly between three chosen schools: Bay View High School, Tamarack Waldorf High School in Harambee and Escuela Fratney in Riverwest.
14. UPAF kicks off 2015 Westside campaign
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) will kick off and announce the goal for its 2015 Westside campaign on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts with special performances from UPAF member groups Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Skylight Music Theatre.
15. 2015-16 season brings big Broadway shows to Marcus Center
The Marcus Center has announced an impressive array of Broadway hits for the 2015-16 season. "Kinky Boots." "Dirty Dancing" and the exciting revival of "Cabaret" highlight the season.
16. Arab World Fest disbands
Arab World Fest - an annual festival held on the Summerfest grounds celebrating the music, food and culture of the 22 Middle Eastern countries - will no longer happen.
17. Off the Wall's "God of Carnage" plagued by faulty memories and overacting
"God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
18. Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum opens new exhibition on March 6
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., is pleased to present "Private Spaces, Public Authority," on view March 6 through June 7, with an opening reception the evening of Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a special members only preview from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
19. Rep's 2015-16 season mixes world premieres and old favorites
Milwaukee Repertory Company has announced it's 2015-16 season and there are three world premiere stagings. In addition such favorites like "Christmas Carol," "Guys on Ice" and Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" on on tap.
20. "Bare: A Pop Opera" doesn't have the kind of urgency we'd expect
"Bare: A Pop Opera" is a play that seems to have some potential. But when you actually see it, the story seems so dated that it's hard to grab onto the message.
21. Splinter Group's "3 For The Road" explores leaving and left in depth
The thorny issue of whether it's best to be the one leaving or the one left behind is on tap as Splinter Group stages a world premiere of "3 For The Road." It's a dramatic probing of some deep emotional wells.
22. Milwaukee Ballet stages a thrilling glimpse into the future of dance
Artistic Director Michael Pink created the Genesis competition to give young choreographers the chance to create a world premiere with professional dancers in a professional setting. The display of their works opened Thursday night and will run through Sunday.
23. Waukesha BluesFest accepting artist submissions for poster design contest
The Waukesha Rotary Club is currently conducting its annual "Festival Art Poster" design contest. Submissions will be judged by the Waukesha BluesFest Art Show Chairperson and members of the festival planning committee.
24. Young choreographers get chance to shine at Ballet competititon
Milwaukee Ballet stages its prestigious ballet competition for young choreographers this week at The Pabst Theater. It's a chance for ballet fans to get a glimpse of the future of dance.
25. Truth rings out loud and clear in Next Act's important "No Child"
"No Child" is the latest in a long line of important plays to be staged at Next Act Theatre. Marti Gobel wondrously plays all 16 characters in the play that examines the vexing question of how we can do a better job of educating our children.