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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

Aug. 10, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017
The Comedy of Othello...kinda sorta

From the local Milwaukee writer of the sold-out show Rufolf the Pissed-off Reindeer and other Shakespeare parodies of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet comes another playful parody written in contemporary language for people of all ages to enjoy. August 10, 11 & 12 at the Next Act performance space.

Sept. 28, 2017 - Oct. 22, 2017
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s: grave men peer through their giant telescope. Behind the scenes, Henrietta Leavitt and her female "computer" partners map the distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. Henrietta's brilliant work paves the way for modern astronomy, but she struggles for recognition in a man's world. In this magical story of science, history, family and love, a passionate young woman maps her own passage through a society determined to keep her in her place.

Nov. 16, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017
The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe

Almost forty years after Ernie walked out on the family, his son George is contacted to help the old man cope with the aftermath of a stroke. As Ernie struggles to regain language and memory, George works to overcome his hurt and resentment, caring for a father he never knew. Each man tries to make sense of the past while preparing for their uncertain, newly-entwined future a moving parable of prodigal fathers.

Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 25, 2018
Equivocation by Bill Cain

Playwright William Shagspeare is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the most powerful man in England, to write the true historical account of a failed terrorist attempt to kill King James I. But as Shag and his renowned theatrical troupe rehearse the so-called Gunpowder Plot play, they suspect the King's version might be a cover-up. Confronted with a moral and artistic dilemma, the actors attempt to negotiate the thin and treacherous line between speaking truth to power and hanging onto life and limb.

April 5, 2018 - April 29, 2018
I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Anthony arrives at his schoolmate Caroline's door bearing waffle fries, a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and an urgent homework assignment. Caroline is sick and hasn't been to school in months. She is as quick and sarcastic as Anthony is quiet and steadfast; both are smart as whips. As these two let down their guard, their seemingly mundane poetry project reveals a much deeper, more profound mystery that has brought them together. I AND YOU is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.


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By Dave Begel - April 08, 2017
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By Dave Begel - Oct. 02, 2016
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Next Act's new show explores the mysteries of motherhood

By Dave Begel - April 09, 2016
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