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Dave Begel's Articles
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Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 21, 2017
Complexities of hate and humanity lie at the heart of The Rep's "Disgraced"
"Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar opened at The Rep Friday night to a rapt audience enthralled by one of the most powerful plays of this or any other season. It's a play designed to engender deep, and perhaps troubling, thought, and it succeeds with punch.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 19, 2017
A "Taming of the Shrew" unlike any you have ever seen before
Most of the actors had only a nodding acquaintance with the unique sound of Shakespeare's language, sight gags ranged from risque bumping and grinding to pratfalls, and the entire scenery budget was $65 but this production of "The Taming of the Shrew" was plenty funny,
Sports - Jan. 19, 2017
With a new king of the QB hill, Begel's Favre bromance fades into the sunset
Dave Begel has long maintained a bromance with Brett Favre forever and long resisted all claims that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in Packers history. Until now. After the display at the Palace in Dallas, it is now time to put the crown on Rodgers' head.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 17, 2017
Trump and "Disgraced" open on the same day
It could hardly be more appropriate to our times that The Milwaukee Rep unveils a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Muslims in America the very week that we are getting a new president who has made Muslims a target of his vitriolic political campaign.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 14, 2017
"Welcome to Bronzeville" gets a half-baked treatment at First Stage
"Welcome to Bronzeville" is a world premiere at First Stage about the vibrant and exciting neighborhood that existed in Milwaukee. The play can't capture that vibrancy and delivers a performance that is without any excitement.
Buzz - Jan. 13, 2017
Anti-abortion assault hits too close to home
When I was a young man in the U.S. Navy, stationed far from my home, I had to borrow $300 from my father in order to pay for an abortion. It's stayed with me since then and I now find myself thinking of it again as new abortion attacks are underway,.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 10, 2017
Should small theater companies get financial help to avoid constant struggle?
It's clear that the Milwaukee theater community faces challenges of young artists leaving town in order to find work. How to keep them here is a question that deserves attention and consideration of a variety of ideas that could step that tide.
Buzz - Jan. 5, 2017
Get ready: Expect Madison cabal to ram all kinds of crap right down our throats
Republicans in the Senate and Assembly celebrated their increased stranglehold on Wisconsin politics by smiling with glee over the prospect of being able to do just about anything they want without any real regard for people who might think differently.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 4, 2017
"The Sound of Music" moves into a new world with Marcus production
"Sexual chemistry" is not a phrase normally associated with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," but the production at the Marcus Center creates a fully realized Maria, a woman perplexed by her feelings of love.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 3, 2017
Soulstice Theatre closing would eliminate opportunities for young actors
There has been no formal announcement yet, but it appears as if another theater company that provides work for young actors and directors in Milwaukee, is about to fold its tent. Soulstice Theatre looks like it's shutting down after 15 years.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 29, 2016
Begel's 2017 resolutions may not be fanciful, but they're genuine
The angle that most columnists take when it comes to their annual New Year's column is to write fanciful resolutions for a variety of celebrities. This year, however, I'm taking the whole thing seriously. My resolutions mean something - and I hope I can stick to them.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 27, 2016
Funding increases headline wish list for performing arts companies in 2017
The new year is a time for thanks for the past and a time for hopes and wishes for the brand new time in our life and nowhere is it more profound than in the world of the performing arts. The new year is also a time for wishes for a number of different arts groups.
Buzz - Dec. 26, 2016
Tales from the Road: Homeless on the day after Christmas
The day after Christmas, Dave Begel was looking for an Uber fare, but instead ran across Leander Johnson, trying to sleep on a manhole cover in Downtown Milwaukee. The spot provided warmth as he tried to bundle himself in three thin blankets.
Buzz - Dec. 22, 2016
Tales from the road: the arena boss man and the vanishing English muffins
This week's Tales from the Road got Dave Begel in touch with the guy who is in charge of the construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and the sous chef from Watts Tea Room who is soon going to be out of a job.
Buzz - Dec. 21, 2016
WTMJ replaces heavyweight Sykes with a couple of radio lightweights
WTMJ had an opportunity to carve out a new audience with Charlie Sykes retiring after a quarter century. Instead, they have decided to replace the heavyweight with a couple of lightweights who bring nothing to the identity of the station.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 20, 2016
The top 20 plays of the 2016 Milwaukee theater season
Trying to pick the top 20 plays of the year in Milwaukee is kind of like trying to choose which of your triplets you love the most. But here are 20 shows that were special to Dave Begel and prove what a rich theatrical tapestry Milwaukee has.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 16, 2016
Off the Wall's "The Last Holiday Punch" is another marvel for Gutzman
The annual extravaganza "Holiday Punch," staged for 40 years by Dale Gutzman, once again confirms that he is the ultimate showman and impresario in all of Milwaukee. If you see one holiday show this season this is the one to see. It couldn't be funnier.
Buzz - Dec. 15, 2016
When a secret stops being a secret
When the desire to keep something a secret meets journalists trying to find out that secret, there is a confluence of competing events. The organization wants to release the information on its own time. The journalists want to get it first.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 13, 2016
Meet the leading artists who are powers at Pink's Milwaukee Ballet company
At the Milwaukee Ballet, the path to becoming a leading artist can take a number of years. Artistic Director Michael Pink decides a dancer is worthy of the promotion and designation and eight dancers have that honor in his company.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 11, 2016
Celtic Woman brings soaring holiday music to the Riverside
All we need to complete the pre-Christmas stroll is some great Christmas songs sung to a sweeping orchestral arrangement by outstanding singers. Well, worry no more, as Celtic Woman is on the doorstep, performing Wednesday night at the Riverside.
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