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


Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Director Meredith McDonough has assembled a top-notch group of actors for 'The Legend of Georgia McBride,' a delightful “outing” which pits one man’s macho stance against the over-the-topness drama of dragsters. Read more



Photo Credit: Ross Zentner

In the bleak mid-winter that is Wisconsin in January, there’s a “fire burnin’” on stage at the Skylight Music Theatre, and it’s reached a fever pitch with its red-hot production of 'The Gospel at Colonus.' Read more



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Observed on the third Monday of each January, MLK Day is labeled “a day on” rather than a day off to encourage everyone to participate in their communities. Milwaukee has many such activities to celebrate and commemorate his legacy. Read more

Happening Now


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With two weekends bookending Milwaukee Museum Week 2020, there’s even more time to see more museums—and thereby to learn more about Milwaukee’s past, present and future. Read more

A&E Feature

As 2019 ends, it’s time to look back at highlights of all the great theater that took place in our city; the nicely produced shows with career-defining performances, as well as both regional and world premieres. Read more



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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning to Milwaukee with their Christmas classic, ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories.’ Read more

Music Feature


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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



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



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



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



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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'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


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



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



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



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



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


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

Theater 1 Comments

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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