Next Act Theatre

Renaissance Theaterwork’s production of Russian Transport leads this week’s opening shows. It’s a timely tale about immigration and human trafficking—as well as a fundraiser for three worthy Milwaukee nonprofits. more

Jan 16, 2018 2:31 PM Performing Arts Weekly


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The intimate stage of the Next Act Theatre plays host to ’Twas the Month Before Christmas—a light-and-breezy comedy in which Joe and Mary give birth to a kid named Jesus. more

Dec 19, 2017 1:20 PM Theater

The Schauer Arts and Activities Center hosts shows on three consecutive days—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the Studio of Classical Dance Arts presents The Story of the Nutcracker and Next Act Theatre brings ’Twas the Month Before Christmas back. more

Dec 12, 2017 12:39 PM Performing Arts Weekly


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Next Act explores the fragmented nature of human connection in the father-son drama The Secret Mask, which runs through Dec. 10 at Next Act Theatre. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:40 PM Theater

Sure to provoke thought and reflection on familial bonds of all kinds, The Secret Mask runs Nov. 16-Dec. 10 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. This will be the play’s American premiere. more

Nov 14, 2017 12:47 PM A&E Feature


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Ten years in and Angry Young Men, Ltd.’s Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show is as satisfying as ever. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:17 PM Theater

Local theatrical productions this week are headlined by the dramatic mother-daughter story, 26 Miles, by the UW-Milwaukee Theatre Department. Also Latino Arts brings the terrific ensemble, Jarabe Mexicano, to town. more

Oct 31, 2017 2:11 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Local theatrical productions this week include The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Waukesha Civic Theatre and a puppet show take on the classic 1968 horror film, Night of the Living Dead at Next Act Theatre. more

Oct 25, 2017 10:15 AM Performing Arts Weekly


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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

Not many are challenged like the family in Next to Normal—an award-winning musical presented by All-In Productions that takes an intimate look at how mental illness affects not just the patient, but also everyone within that person’s univer... more

Sep 12, 2017 3:03 PM Theater

Performing Arts Week spotlights shows opening the first week of September, including All-In Productions’ Next to Normal and the Milwaukee Rep’s Souvenir. more

Sep 5, 2017 1:03 PM Performing Arts Weekly

The latest Shakespeare parody starring the aptly named Shakesparody Players turned one of literature’s greatest tragedies on its head to uproariously funny effect in their production of The Comedy of Othello...kinda sorta at Next Act Theatr... more

Aug 15, 2017 2:00 PM Theater

This weekend local burlesque group Dainty Rogues present Doctor Who: Or How I Learned To Stop Time and Love the Dalek. It's a stylishly sensual and occasionally sexy dance theatre inspired by the long-running BBC sci-fi show. The decades-old story.. more

Jun 3, 2017 2:05 PM Theater

The Dainty Rogues are a local burlesque group that standsapart from other locals for their frontal approach to nerd culture. After showsthat have incorporated themes of steampunk, Dungeons & Dragons and crimesolving mystery, they set the.. more

May 31, 2017 3:11 PM Around MKE

According to a recent U.N. report robots will soon replace 2/3 of all the jobs on the third world. The share of jobs that are going to be lost in the coming years to our plastic pals will be heavier in developing countries and parts of our own cou.. more

May 24, 2017 11:00 AM Theater

Review of Milwaukee playwright Jason Powell’s satire on political dysfunction, Only We Know Best, performed by Milwaukee Metro Voices. more

May 16, 2017 2:26 PM Theater

Milwaukee Metro Voices teams with composer Jason Powell at Next Act Theatre (May 12-21), a timely musical comedy that satirizes partisanship and strives to start a real conversation. more

May 9, 2017 1:26 PM A&E Feature

Debra Loewen’s Wild Space Dance Company celebrates 30 years of creating site-specific works with its upcoming performance, Wild at 30, at Next Act Theatre, May 4-6. more

May 2, 2017 1:13 PM A&E Feature

Past mistakes and regrets are carefully analyzed and explored in Next Act Theatre’s production of Steven Dietz’s Bloomsday. Directed by Joseph Hanreddy, it’s an emotional rollercoaster—humorous and relatable to everyone with past regrets. more

Apr 11, 2017 3:39 PM Theater

Next Act Theatre powerfully radiates romantic drama into the warmer weather this year as it presents Steven Dietz’ wonderfully bewildering Bloomsday. Youth and experience zigzag across the stage as an older couple interact with the younger couple .. more

Apr 9, 2017 11:00 AM Theater


All In Productions

All In Production's will be presenting the Wisconsin premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical Dogfight from September 11-19 at Next Act Theatre.  The show takes place in November, 1963.  It follows a group of three young marines who are out for on.. more

Sep 10, 2015 4:24 PM Theater