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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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There are some clever, funny bits here as this play’s storyline crosses over with 'A Christmas Carol,' in particular with the goose, Scrooge and even Tiny Tim. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Lily Shea Photography

This production of 'Henry V' has no set time period, giving the play a jolt of youthful exuberance with modern-looking dress, hair styles and even a bag of Cheetos. Read more

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

In The Rep’s 44th production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ the ageless tale of loss and redemption is made appropriate for all ages with plenty of songs and gags. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

Great acting and well-paced direction by C. Michael Wright that keeps this 'Jeeves' afloat and a delight to watch. Read more

Theater

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Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum

The exhibit draws from the collection at the first museum of modern art, the Philips Collection, founded by Duncan Phillips, who collected masterworks based on the emotions he saw in them. Read more

Visual Arts

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Photo Courtesy of Next Act Theatre

'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' is based on the humor of a roomful of comedy writers in real-life comedy show ‘Your Show of Shows.’ Read more

A&E Feature

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

'Newsies' is a real-life story that made front-page news at that time; now, it comes back to life on the Skylight Stage—a hit for all ages. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

The newly opened production of The Nerd makes the fourth time The Rep has mounted the play, and the show remains just as funny and fresh. Read more

Theater

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Illustration: Anna Ward

We may be decking our halls with holly and placing mistletoe in strategic places, but there are many holiday reasons to leave the house this season. Music, theater, dance—it’s all a celebration of the most wonderful time of the year. Read more

A&E Feature

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Photo Credit: Jurassic World Live

Dinosaurs come alive as the Jurassic theme park hits the road. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Laura Heise

Under the steady direction of Elaine Wyler, Acacia Theatre Company has mounted a moving production featuring two very talented actors, Drew Brhel and David Sapiro. Read more

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Two-week festival offers something for everyone. Read more

Film Reviews

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PHOTO CREDIT: Elizabeth M. Havican

A cleaning woman who doesn’t like to clean teams up with a woman who loves cleaning, accidentally unearthing secrets in the laundry. Read more

Theater

Stopping in Milwaukee during its national tour, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a uniquely modern musical, with a backdrop made of social media pages. Read more

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Harris

The Constructivists gave life to ‘The God of Hell,’ a play written in response to 9/11 and tackling ‘Republican fascism.’ Read more

Theater

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PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Ruffolo

Anna Deavere Smith’s 'Fires in the Mirror' gives voices to 26 different characters following outbursts of racial tensions in Brooklyn. Read more

Theater

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Photo Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Julian Schnabel and Jamie Nares, visiting ‘Nares: Moves,’ discuss life and art. Read more

Visual Arts

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The whimsically strange tale of the boy from another planet who fell to Earth by Antoine de Saint-Exupery hits the stage at Waukesha Civic Theatre. Read more

Theater

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Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

In this season opener at Stackner Cabaret, actors Joe Kinosian and Ben Moss play multiple roles, focusing on quick study caricatures. Read more

Theater

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PHOTO CREDIT: Evan Casey

Sanford’s award-winning chef Justin Aprahamian showcases Armenian wine and cuisine in a special event. Read more

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This month: First Stage, the Marcus Center, Present Music and Cabaret MKE talk to hosts Dave Luhrssen and John Schneider. Read more

Radio Shepherd Express

Eau Claire, Wis., has become a happening town thanks to Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who headlines the Amphitheater today with his indie-alt folk. Read more

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