Harry Cherkinian

Harry Cherkinian is an award-winning writer and reviewer in the arts and entertainment field, specializing in music and theater. He has written for a number of publications and websites, including The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Theater Beat, The Onion, Wisconsin Trails, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel and The Business Journal, among others.

He has created courses, lectured and taught writing, publishing and arts criticism extensively at a number of area colleges and universities. 

Read more of his arts and entertainment coverage and reviews of current and  upcoming concerts and productions at

The play is ironically a current, timely reminder of the women’s movements sweeping across the country. more

Mar 12, 2018 10:24 AM Theater


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The world premiere of One House Over, directed by the Rep’s Mark Clements, looks at immigration, aging and the need for us to come together as a nation. more

Mar 5, 2018 10:14 AM Theater


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In Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Brothers Size, the bonds that bind us as family can free us but also imprison us. more

Feb 26, 2018 9:43 AM Theater

Arthur Conan Doyle fans love the Milwaukee Entertainment Group’s production of The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Brumder Mansion more

Jan 29, 2018 11:28 AM Theater


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All In Productions’ Constellations skillfully explores how one small change—an inflection here, a change of word there—can affect the outcome. The show runs through Jan. 20 at the Tenth Street Theatre. more

Jan 16, 2018 2:38 PM Theater


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Scrooge in Rouge is for those who like nonstop laughs, over-the-top cross-dressing and nanosecond costume changes that don’t always quite work. And that’s the sheer joy of this bawdy, irreverent show within a show. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:15 PM Theater


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In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s story of redemption thanks to the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, but Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol explores Marley’s own story through an excellent drama. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:41 PM Theater


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When you mix drawing room murder and slapstick-ish mayhem with clever songwriting, 13 zany characters and a wannabe detective, you end up with the extremely funny and highly entertaining Murder for Two. more

Nov 14, 2017 2:15 PM Theater


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Playwright Lauren Gunderson really did her homework given what could be a difficult topic: the founding of modern astronomy. more

Oct 3, 2017 4:11 PM Theater

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater rolled the dice last weekend and came up a big winner with its spectacular production of the classic 1940s New York underworld musical, Guys & Dolls. more

Sep 26, 2017 12:00 AM Theater

Florence Foster Jenkins has been delightfully brought back to the stage in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Souvenir—Stephen Temperley’s charming, hilarious and at times touching recreation of this one-of-a-kind entertainment phenomenon. more

Sep 12, 2017 2:54 PM Theater

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s solid staging of Deathtrap only underscores the fun in being frightened and outwitted just when we think we know what’s going on. more

Aug 15, 2017 1:36 PM Theater

In Acacia Theatre’s production of This Other Love, written by Patty McCarty, social activist and Catholic Worker newspaper founder Dorothy Day is torn between human and spiritual love. more

Jul 18, 2017 12:37 PM Theater 1 Comments

Windfall Theatre’s By Jeeves is charming, delightful and funny. more

May 9, 2017 2:34 PM Theater

Kudos to actors Nathan Marinan and J. Keegan Siebken, whose mastery and clever voicing of their multiple hand puppets were just as fun to watch as the live actors in In Tandem Theatre’s production of Carnival. more

Apr 25, 2017 2:01 PM Theater

In Annie Baker’s play Circle Mirror Transformation, currently staged by All In Productions, art not only imitates life, it transforms it in ways unseen, changing the lives of those reflected back through that art, and with unforeseen conseq... more

Apr 11, 2017 3:35 PM Theater

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s An Evening With Groucho is a heartfelt tribute to one of the 20th century’s greatest comedians. more

Mar 28, 2017 4:01 PM Theater

For those theatergoers who can never get enough of Beauty and the Beast (and that includes the new live action version), there's a new "live action" production in town. more

Mar 20, 2017 9:58 AM Theater

Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie is given a bare-bones production by The Company of Strangers. It’s directed by Jessica L. Sosnoski and runs through March 4 at The Underground Collaborative. more

Feb 28, 2017 2:14 PM Theater

Samuel D. Hunter’s intimate, 90-minute, no-intermission drama The Few opened last weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It’s a beautifully wrought, stark and poignant reminder of the ever-constant need for human contact. more

Feb 28, 2017 1:55 PM Theater