American Players Theatre opens a funny, poignant history lesson about Shakespeare’s legacy. Read more



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J.J. Gatesman and company tumble energetically through a silly production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ overlooking the lake this month at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Read more



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Summit Players perform Romeo and Juliet on Marquette Campus to open their 2019 tour in Wisconsin State Parks. Read more


Even the greatest playwright can learn a few new things late in life, as ‘All is True’ shows, depicting a believable life around a bare skeleton of facts. Read more

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Adding some physical comedy, a high production value and a lot of alcohol to Shakespeare's work, Bard and Bourbon deliver an entertaining performance. Read more



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Off the Cuff with Bard and Bourbon’s Katie Merriman Read more

Off the Cuff


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With Cymbeline, UWM acting students gave a rock ‘n’ roll feel to a Shakespearean tragedy by playing on expectations and gender issues. Read more




Though they speak it beautifully, you needn’t follow Shakespeare’s lines to thoroughly enjoy the Summit Players adaptation of Twelfth Night. Read more


Maybe it’s the chill in the air. Maybe it’s the frivolity of Halloween. Maybe it’s the moon. Whatever it is, people are horny in Cream City. Read more

Dear Ruthie

Katie Merriman takes another shot of liquor onstage. She’s getting a hero’s cheer as she knocks back the liquor. We’re not cheering for the actual act of drinking. There’s nothing terribly heroic in swallowing hard liquor. There’s no danger here e.. Read more


“For a quart of ale is a dish for a King," William Shakespeare wrote in TheWinter’s Tale. Following this to the letter, one of the players inMilwaukee’s Bard and Bourbon Theatre Company will be a glistening example ... Read more

Happening Now


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There's a simple synth score playing before Voices Found Repertory's staging of Shakespeare's Richard III . Clean, primal tones evoke a feeling of intensity in a cozy space. It's a fitting intro for an intimate, little staging of high drama that.. Read more


As the summer winds down, outdoor theater begins to gradually migrate off various stages and spaces. It’s been a fun year for outdoor Shakespeare in various corners of the state. This coming weekend Milwaukee Fringe Festival presents one of .. Read more


Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a bit of a mess. Three acts of intense drama open for two acts of comedy with a happy ending. It’s as though a couple of different plays half-finished plays got sutured together by some producer who had not.. Read more


Innearly 1,000 shows over a decade of reviewing theater in Wisconsin I don't everrecall seeing two different productions of the same show in consecutive months.I went in to Door Shakespeare'sproduction of A Midsummer Night's Dream this month h.. Read more



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Home to American Players Theatre (APT) is a magical natural outdoor amphitheater on a hill in the middle of the woods that lies two hours from Milwaukee in Spring Green. APT is a repertory theater company of 37 years that pays tribute to Sh... Read more


Hart Park has a relaxed and sleepy spaciousness about it. The sun hangs low in the sky outside the stage of the Rotary Pavilion. Various gnomes in long, white beards and pointy, red hats mill about the area in anticipation of The Ganymede Ense.. Read more


Romance and alcohol love each other very much. The two make a dramatic appearance onstage together this month as Bard & Bourbon presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet. The group performs a fully-rendered production of the clas.. Read more


So they’re doing a production of Henry VIII without rehearsing it. What’s the worst that could happen? Sure it’s got more stage directions than any other play by Shakespeare, but it only caused the Globe Theatre to burn down once . (Really.. Read more


The Tempest set to open this coming April will be Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s largest to date. There’s a working waterfall. There’s sand onstage. Sounds impressive. Earlier this season, they announced that it was going to be staged in .. Read more