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Buzz - Sept. 28, 2016
Trump and Clinton need theater world hints to fix debate performances
Something like the presidential debates is, in essence, theater. And both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump need to have a better sense of what to do onstage. Over the years directors have helped me, and I want to pass some of that on to the two candidates.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 27, 2016
"Man of La Mancha" magic created by corps of artists behind the scenes
They don't get much credit or recognition, but the artists who operate behind the scenes are critical to the success of any play. The artists who helped create "Man of La Mancha" at The Rep are all at the very top of their game.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 25, 2016
Rep's "Man of La Mancha" tells a moving and spectacular tale of honor and love
Don Quixote, a man with a twisted sword and a broken lance, is living proof of the nobility of love, duty, honor and passion. And that's all on magnificent display in "Man of La Mancha," which opened to spectacular applause at the Rep Saturday night.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 24, 2016
"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is an unbridled joy at Chamber Theatre
"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is one of the less frequently produced Tennessee Williams plays, but the character portraits are familiar to anyone who knows Williams. And thanks to a perfect production from the Chamber Theatre, it feels valuable and vital.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 23, 2016
Off the Wall's "Passage to India" sparks search for a passage out of the theater
Off the Wall Theatre opened Dale Gutzman's version of "A Passage to India" Thursday night, and though Gutzman both wrote and directed this production, the whole thing fails to reach the high level of work Off the Wall normally delivers.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 20, 2016
Florentine Opera prepares a world premiere with "Sister Carrie"
Having struck artistic and critical gold once before, the Florentine Opera is preparing another world premiere with the same team that won two Grammys - except this time they are trading Sinclair Lewis for Theodore Dreiser.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 13, 2016
A unique First Stage production, and Edo says "adieu" to MKE Symphony
First Stage is taking another step with Fineghan Kruckemeyer and developing a play around themes suggested by Milwaukee kids. First Stage has co-commissioned Kruckemeyer to craft a new play inspired by conversations with area young people and their parents.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 12, 2016
Despite great music, too many tales dim Rep's "Lady Day"
Few performers ever live up to their legend, but Billie Holiday, the singer and sinner who died tragically over 50 years ago, was one who absolutely did. All of it is on parade at "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," at the Stackner Cabaret.
Buzz - Sept. 9, 2016
Longtime talk radio host Eric Von dies at 58 of heart attack
Eric Von, a longtime leader in black community talk radio, died Thursday at the age of 58. Cause of death was an apparent heart attack. Von had survived a heart attack just one month earlier. He was a radio host at WNOV when he died.
#RaiseMKE - Sept. 8, 2016
Milwaukee Talks: Police union president Mike Crivello
The recent uprisings in Sherman Park have once again brought to attention the conflict between the black community and the Milwaukee Police Department. Mike Crivello is the president of the Milwaukee Police Association and he's been a member of the force since he was hired in 1991.
Living - Sept. 6, 2016
I'm done being fat: Bariatric surgery is the life-changing choice
I've been on a road to gluttony that has had a profound impact on my life. It's a road that will come to an end in a week when I bow to science and have bariatric surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. Let's hope it's life-changing.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 3, 2016
"The Wild Party" promises sex and heat, but delivers just a cold mess
There's absolutely nothing like sex, music and good drugs, especially when rolled into "The Wild Party," the Andrew Lippa musical that opened for All-In Productions Friday night at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
Buzz - Sept. 1, 2016
Tales from the Road: The 10 most popular Uber destinations
I have now passed the 1,000 mark in my career as an Uber driver, and that doesn't even count friends who've gotten rides for free. Over that time, I've noticed there are a few popular and frequent destinations. Here are the top 10.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 30, 2016
New York Times review glows about Milwaukee author Julie Tarney's new book
Julie Tarney has just published a book, "My Son Wears Heels: One Mom's Journey from Clueless to Kickass," one that the New York Times Book Review called an "exceptional job of tracing the zigzagging line of Harry's self-identity."
#RaiseMKE - Aug. 25, 2016
10 big dreams that could help heal Milwaukee's racial divisions
The ability to talk about race is behind the plan for OnMilwaukee's ongoing series of Milwaukee Talks: honest and frank discussions, unedited and focused on the issues of equality and justice. It's also the time for big dreams for the city.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 23, 2016
24 exciting events in the 2016-17 MKE theater season
The Milwaukee theater season is underway and I've been looking through the schedule. I've found 24 productions I'm really anticipating. There are going to be others, and surprises, but my 24 are the productions I can't wait to see and experience.
#RaiseMKE - Aug. 18, 2016
Racism and violence form a combustible mixture that threatens Milwaukee
As Milwaukee struggles with the issue of how to deal with racial violence, it's critical to find answers to two key questions. The first question is how did Milwaukee become so racist. The second is how do we fix a culture that loves violence.
#RaiseMKE - Aug. 16, 2016
Staying "Above It All": UWM-bound 18-year-old not shocked by Sherman Park riots
Simon Mustaffa is 18 and lives in the Central City. He's off to UWM with a full scholarship and he has strong views about the violence in Sherman Park. For him, it's not a surprise at all; this explosion was a long time coming.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 16, 2016
All In Productions' youngsters making a mark in Milwaukee theater
All In Productions has a history that can be measured in months, but it has already staged some wonderful plays. It has produced five so far, and the next one is directed by artistic director Robby McGhee, who knows where this company wants to go.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 13, 2016
Misery with laughs on the menu as Chamber Theatre opens season
Under the feathery touch of director Marcella Kearns, Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" takes isolation, desolation and disappointment and stands them on their ear, filling the Cabot Theatre with chuckles, laughters and outright roars of fun
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