By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Oct 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

"The Diary of Anne Frank" is a little like going to the dentist.

Even though there's nothing particularly new you are going to learn, you go just to be reminded of something important, like caring for your teeth.

The story of Anne Frank is one we all know, but seeing it now and then is a good idea because it reminds us of how inhumane some people can be and how noble others are. Both are within us.

That's why a visit to the Milwaukee Rep production of "Anne" is such a good idea. The play opens on Friday, Oct. 26 and runs until early December.

The play features some Milwaukee favorites who are members of the new Rep Associate Artists roster, including Laura Gordon, Jonathan Gillard Daly, Lee Ernst, Deborah Staples and the wonderful Jim Pickering.

"The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the greatest testaments to living in the present that I've ever read, and it never fails to move me to tears, says Artistic Director Mark Clements.

"The story may be set against one of history's grimmest eras, but out of that comes incredible light and incredible hope from the strength of Anne's spirit. This is a story that every generation needs to hear, and we're honored to tell it."

Tickets are available at The Rep's website or by calling the box office at (414) 224-2490.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.