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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 writervana.com

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Director Nate C. Adams has done incredible work with the talented cast, taking the recent Broadway musical adaptation and making it work beautifully in the Sunset space. more

Theater

Red Herring is just the type of show and production that Windfall Theatre does so well, especially under the capable direction of Carol Zippel. more

Theater

The Shepherd Express interviews Milwaukee Art Museum’s former senior preparator, Joe Kavanaugh, about his experience with art exhibits at MAM. more

Off the Cuff

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In this two-hour production Daly’s “21st century tribute” to Sandburg is poetry in motion itself, quoting extensively from his works as well as his writings. more

Theater

The first offering in First Stage’s new “First Steps Series” is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show—a stage adaptation of one of the most popular children’s books ever. more

A&E Feature

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In the Milwaukee Rep’s season opener in the Stackner Cabaret, the title Songs for Nobodies is a clear and deliberate misnomer. more

Theater

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Written and directed by well-known and highly respected actor Angela Iannone, This Prison pulls in the audience from the start. more

Theater

Is it or isn’t it? Therein lies the question, and the mystery, surrounding a painting that’s been sitting in the vaults of the Milwaukee Art Museum for close to 80 years. more

Visual Arts

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals: Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge and H.H. Bennett” exhibits cutting-edge technology of the mid 19th century in a collection of breathtaking landscapes. more

A&E Feature

Goya is considered one of Spain’s most important artists of all time for many reasons: He was the official “painter to the king” renowned for traditional portraiture, and he was a daring proto-modernist in his enduringly influential private ... more

Visual Arts

Detective Columbo was born in a stage play before becoming a beloved TV character. Alchemist Theatre goes back to the roots with its staging of Columbo: Prescription Murder. more

Theater

Cooperative Performance brings to life the stories of six women who served in Vietnam at the War Memorial Center. more

Theater

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Much like the mind of a high-energy teenager—seven to be exact—the play is bursting all over with all of sorts of ideas—and therein lies the biggest challenge. more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Country music legend Patsy Cline is honored in wonderfully inventive production by the Milwaukee Rep. more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Until the Flood is based on hundreds of interviews she conducted in the aftermath of Ferguson. We see how the shooting becomes the spark for the larger issues of race as seen through the eyes of young and old, black and white. more

Theater

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

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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

Theater

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

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

Theater

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

Theater

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Photo credit: Mark Frohna

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

Theater

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