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    Event Name: The Beautiful Music All Around Us
    Article: Wade offers appreciation for American music
    The Freeman - Feb 05, 2015
    By Julie McHale

    If you’re a person who can appreciate the history of American music and the fact that all humans invented music of some sort in even the poorest and most primitive of conditions, you will be fascinated with this show and this man. He is a musicologis… Expand

    If you’re a person who can appreciate the history of American music and the fact that all humans invented music of some sort in even the poorest and most primitive of conditions, you will be fascinated with this show and this man. He is a musicologist, an historian and a man who knows his way around guitars and banjos. Collapse

    Event Name: The Beautiful Music All Around Us
    Article: The Beautiful Music All Around Us at The Rep
    Ozaukee Magazine - Jan 29, 2015
    By Mary Boyle

    Like all great storytellers, Wade is giving immortality to those who would otherwise be lost to history, but he, himself, because of his intimate and personal connection to the musicians, is an essential part of the tale, giving the audience member a… Expand

    Like all great storytellers, Wade is giving immortality to those who would otherwise be lost to history, but he, himself, because of his intimate and personal connection to the musicians, is an essential part of the tale, giving the audience member a sensation that, simply by being present, they are witnessing history being made. Collapse

    Event Name: The Beautiful Music All Around Us
    Article: Stephen Wade Sings of 'Street Joy' at The Rep's Stackner Cabaret
    Broadway World - Jan 21, 2015
    By Peggy Sue Dunigan

    An accomplished and life-long banjo player, Wade picks and stomps through the notes and melodies woven into the audience's memories. Strains of familiar tunes resonate in the Cabaret while merged with Wade's enthusiasm and his exceptional banjos to e… Expand

    An accomplished and life-long banjo player, Wade picks and stomps through the notes and melodies woven into the audience's memories. Strains of familiar tunes resonate in the Cabaret while merged with Wade's enthusiasm and his exceptional banjos to elevate these street musicians to their rightful place in musical history. Collapse

    Event Name: The Beautiful Music All Around Us
    Article: Stephen Wade honors 'Beautiful Music' in Milwaukee Rep show
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jan 19, 2015
    By Mike Fischer

    Stephen Wade explores American folk songs in “The Beautiful Music All Around Us.” Expand

    Stephen Wade explores American folk songs in “The Beautiful Music All Around Us.” Collapse

    Event Name: A Christmas Carol
    Article: The Rep continues to unveil new angles in "A Christmas Carol"
    OnMilwaukee.com - Dec 11, 2014
    By Dave Begel

    "Little did Charles Dickens know over 170 years ago that his little novella of just over 100 pages would provide a magical evening of live theater that would captivate audiences for more than a century – even though they already know the entire… Expand

    "Little did Charles Dickens know over 170 years ago that his little novella of just over 100 pages would provide a magical evening of live theater that would captivate audiences for more than a century – even though they already know the entire story. For the 39th year, the Milwaukee Rep is staging "A Christmas Carol" in the gorgeous confines of what is arguably the most beautiful theater in Milwaukee, The Pabst." Collapse

    Event Name: A Christmas Carol
    Article: Another Glorious "Christmas Carol"
    Shepherd Express - Dec 09, 2014
    By Anne Siegel

    "This is the 39th year that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has staged this big-budget production within the theater’s historic gold and red velvet interior. Staged in this nearly perfect setting, A Christmas Carol is a glorious reminder of hope… Expand

    "This is the 39th year that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has staged this big-budget production within the theater’s historic gold and red velvet interior. Staged in this nearly perfect setting, A Christmas Carol is a glorious reminder of hope, faith, redemption and family." Collapse

    Event Name: Harvey
    Article: Powerful Pooka at the Powerhouse Theater
    Shepherd Express - Nov 26, 2014
    By Selena Milewski

    Harvey remains a beloved classic perhaps because of this deft combination of heavy themes with irresistible comedic situations and dialogue. Moreover, its heartwarming ending never fails to bring a tear of joy as it affirms the power of love and acce… Expand

    Harvey remains a beloved classic perhaps because of this deft combination of heavy themes with irresistible comedic situations and dialogue. Moreover, its heartwarming ending never fails to bring a tear of joy as it affirms the power of love and acceptance over a grim and disingenuous “normality.” Collapse

    Event Name: Harvey
    Article: What's up, Doc? The Rep serves up a comforting classic
    Examiner.com - Nov 25, 2014
    By Jeff Grygny

    "When Ellwood says “To succeed in this life, you can be ever so smart, or ever so pleasant. For years I was smart; I prefer pleasant,” it’s something we can take home with us. And if it takes a giant invisible rabbit to sell that message, well,… Expand

    "When Ellwood says “To succeed in this life, you can be ever so smart, or ever so pleasant. For years I was smart; I prefer pleasant,” it’s something we can take home with us. And if it takes a giant invisible rabbit to sell that message, well, then—bring on the pookas!" Collapse

    Event Name: Liberace!
    Article: Slip into the Stackner's Spectacular Liberace! for the Holidays
    BroadwayWorld.com - Nov 18, 2014
    By Peggy Sue Dunigan

    "Liberace! delivers true heart in a tribute to this man who reinvented himself over and over throughout five decades." Expand

    "Liberace! delivers true heart in a tribute to this man who reinvented himself over and over throughout five decades." Collapse

    Event Name: Liberace!
    Article: With Jack Forbes Wilson, Milwaukee Rep's 'Liberace!' plays true
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Nov 10, 2014
    By Mike Fischer

    "How does any artist bridge the gap between private person and public persona? And when that gap grows too large, what happens to one's art and one's self?" Expand

    "How does any artist bridge the gap between private person and public persona? And when that gap grows too large, what happens to one's art and one's self?" Collapse

    Event Name: after all the terrible things i do
    Article: A Milwaukee World Premiere
    Milwaukee Magazine - Oct 05, 2014
    By Paul Kosidowski

    "A. Rey Pamatmat’s new play, after all the terrible things I do, takes more than its title from this 1966 poem by Frank O’Hara. True, it is about the terrible things some people do. And it does set its two characters on a path toward forgiveness… Expand

    "A. Rey Pamatmat’s new play, after all the terrible things I do, takes more than its title from this 1966 poem by Frank O’Hara. True, it is about the terrible things some people do. And it does set its two characters on a path toward forgiveness and love. But it also compellingly charts the tangles and hazards of that path." Collapse

    Event Name: after all the terrible things i do
    Article: Searing "after all the terrible things I do" gets world premiere treatment
    OnMilwaukee.com - Oct 04, 2014
    By Dave Begel

    "Some plays roar along on a speeding train, carrying an audience to a climactic moment when, even though they are breathless, the play asks for even more breath. Others, some of the finest, invite you along for a leisurely walk among the marigol… Expand

    "Some plays roar along on a speeding train, carrying an audience to a climactic moment when, even though they are breathless, the play asks for even more breath. Others, some of the finest, invite you along for a leisurely walk among the marigolds and then, with a sudden twist of the fates, stops you in your tracks and slaps you right in the face. That’s "after all the terrible things I do," the world premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat’s searing drama..." Collapse

    Event Name: after all the terrible things i do
    Article: Rep's world premiere 'after all the terrible things I do" smart, sensitive
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Oct 04, 2014
    By Mike Fischer

    "There's something inherently appealing about bookstores, with their cozy nooks and nostalgic glow, magically recalling a simpler time when we could curl up in a corner and lose the larger world." Expand

    "There's something inherently appealing about bookstores, with their cozy nooks and nostalgic glow, magically recalling a simpler time when we could curl up in a corner and lose the larger world." Collapse

    Event Name: The Color Purple
    Article: Milwaukee siblings Malkia and Nathaniel Stampley share stage in 'Color Purple'
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Sep 19, 2014
    By Jim Higgins

    The musical "The Color Purple," adapted from Alice Walker's novel, dramatizes the heartbreaking struggles that can go on within families. But the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's new production of "Purple" is an unalloyed joy for the… Expand

    The musical "The Color Purple," adapted from Alice Walker's novel, dramatizes the heartbreaking struggles that can go on within families. But the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's new production of "Purple" is an unalloyed joy for the local Stampley family. Collapse

    Event Name: The Color Purple
    Article: Marsha Norman on "The Color Purple"
    Urban Milwaukee Dial - Sep 19, 2014
    By Dominique Paul Noth

    "While not directly involved in the Milwaukee Rep’s massive production of the musical exploration of “The Color Purple” — with 25 actors, six musicians and 22 songs under artistic director Mark Clements unfolding at the Quadradacci Powerhouse st… Expand

    "While not directly involved in the Milwaukee Rep’s massive production of the musical exploration of “The Color Purple” — with 25 actors, six musicians and 22 songs under artistic director Mark Clements unfolding at the Quadradacci Powerhouse stage through Nov. 2, with a Sept. 26 opening after three previews — [Marsha Norman] fashioned the dramatic spine the company is exploring." Collapse

    Event Name: The Color Purple
    Article: Black Nouveau Episode #2301
    MPTV - Sep 17, 2014
    By Everett Marshburn (Producer)

    BLACK NOUVEAU begins its 23rd season by going backstage to the Milwaukee Rep's production of "The Color Purple" and offering viewers a chance to win tickets. Expand

    BLACK NOUVEAU begins its 23rd season by going backstage to the Milwaukee Rep's production of "The Color Purple" and offering viewers a chance to win tickets. Collapse

    Event Name: The Doyle & Debbie Show
    Article: DOYLE AND DEBBIE Twang into the Stackner Cabaret's Honky Tonk Heart
    Broadway World - Sep 15, 2014
    By Peggy Sue Dunnigan

    "A rollicking honky tonk evening, this pastiche tribute to county music also lampoons the battle between the sexes..." Expand

    "A rollicking honky tonk evening, this pastiche tribute to county music also lampoons the battle between the sexes..." Collapse

    Event Name: The Color Purple
    Article: ‘The Color Purple’ A story for our time at Milwaukee Rep
    Shepherd Express Milwaukee - Sep 15, 2014
    By John Schneider

    Celie, the protagonist of The Color Purple, has her second child at age fourteen. The baby daddy is her father. Her babies disappear; for all she knows, he’s killed them. She’s given to a brute who marries her for her dowry, a cow. He whips her and m… Expand

    Celie, the protagonist of The Color Purple, has her second child at age fourteen. The baby daddy is her father. Her babies disappear; for all she knows, he’s killed them. She’s given to a brute who marries her for her dowry, a cow. He whips her and makes her his servant and sex slave. He lists her crimes: “You poor, you black, you ugly, you a woman.” Collapse

    Event Name: The Doyle & Debbie Show
    Article: ‘Doyle & Debbie’ offers torch, twang and comedy
    Shepherd Express Milwaukee - Sep 11, 2014
    By Harry Cherkinian

    "Parodies walk the line between cheap imitation and over the topness. But Parker’s gorgeous singing voice, coupled with Arntson’s solid gold-plated country melodies, evoke the real thang, er, thing." Expand

    "Parodies walk the line between cheap imitation and over the topness. But Parker’s gorgeous singing voice, coupled with Arntson’s solid gold-plated country melodies, evoke the real thang, er, thing." Collapse

    Event Name: The Doyle & Debbie Show
    Article: ‘Doyle & Debbie Show’ will get y’all in country mood
    Waukesha Freeman - Sep 11, 2014
    By Julie McHale

    "You won’t be disappointed unless you lack a sense of humor." Expand

    "You won’t be disappointed unless you lack a sense of humor." Collapse

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