When you set out to tell the story of a man, there are at least two ways to go about it. One is to focus on something sensational, some single aspect of the man's life and build your story around it. This approach is exploitive and rarely captures the story you hope to tell. The other way to to do it honestly, upfront with everything. That's the kind of honesty that fuels the remounting of "Liberace!" which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Rep.
Back during the Milwaukee Rep's 2010-11 season, the company showcased the world premiere of "Liberace!," a glance into the life of the Milwaukee-born musical sensation. For star Jack Forbes Wilson and writer-director Brent Hazelton, however, one go-around was nowhere near enough time to capture such a larger than life figure.
Quite an alluring headline, right? Let me explain. I'm an inveterate photo snapper, thanks to the iPhone. I see something, anything, interesting in the Milwaukee landscape and I think, "that might be a good story." But I take way more pictures than I can ever write about.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater artistic director Mark Clements has developed a home run reputation for the bookings in the Stackner, which has been home to wonderful musical productions, and next year seems like no exception.
We all know Wisconsin has its share of the quirky. And we don't mind celebrating it. Whether or not we'd want someone from south of the state line to do it, is questionable. But when Chicago writer Jerome Pohlen does it - in the new second edition of his book "Oddball Wisconsin: A Guide to 400 Really Strange Places" - it's OK.
I don't really know much about Liberace beyond the fact he was a shiny man that wore shiny suits playing a shiny piano and during his heyday gaydar technology wasn't what it is today. Liberace was huge before my time on this planet and was leaving this world when I still found collecting fireflie...
Thursday June 21st, 2012 – Chicago, IL After being a fan for thirty five years, I finally got to see William ‘Bootsy’ Collins perform live at the Cubby Bear in Chicago tonight – and he was sure worth the wait. WOW, what a showman! I would wait another thirt...