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    Event Name: Milwaukee Irish Arts: The Plough and the Stars
    Article: Irish Arts challenges Easter Rising mythology in O'Casey's 'Plough'
    Journal Sentinel - Apr 15, 2016
    By Mike Fischer

    One hundred years ago this month, the brutally suppressed Easter Rising became the opening salvo in the fight for a free Ireland. Right on cue, Milwaukee Irish Arts is among the theaters – including Dublin's Abbey Theater – marking the anniversary wi… Expand

    One hundred years ago this month, the brutally suppressed Easter Rising became the opening salvo in the fight for a free Ireland. Right on cue, Milwaukee Irish Arts is among the theaters – including Dublin's Abbey Theater – marking the anniversary with productions of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars."

    It's the right choice, but not an obvious one: "Plough" doesn't commemorate but castigate, taking on Irish mythology about revolutionary martyrs and focusing instead on the everyday poor who were less interested in making history than surviving it. Collapse

    Event Name: The Mousetrap
    Article: Milwaukee Rep’s "The Mousetrap" Remains A Riveting Murder Mystery
    Showbiz Chicago - Nov 25, 2015
    By Matthew Perta

    "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, and I suspect that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s engrossing production of her most famous stage play that opened recently in the Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse in downtown M… Expand

    "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, and I suspect that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s engrossing production of her most famous stage play that opened recently in the Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse in downtown Milwaukee would make Christie proud." Collapse

    Event Name: The Mousetrap
    Article: Rep production shows why "Mousetrap" has run seemingly forever
    OnMilwaukee.com - Nov 22, 2015
    By Dave Begel

    "I've been in the play, in high school, and have seen it 10 or 12 times. I know every twist and turn in this murder mystery. But it always bring a smile. The magic of that long run is perfectly tapped into by the production that opened over the… Expand

    "I've been in the play, in high school, and have seen it 10 or 12 times. I know every twist and turn in this murder mystery. But it always bring a smile. The magic of that long run is perfectly tapped into by the production that opened over the weekend at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater." Collapse

    Event Name: Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver
    Article: Stackner hits home run with "Back Home"
    GM Today - Oct 29, 2015
    By Julie McHale

    "All in all, Lutken and Deal put their souls into this beautiful, tuneful tribute." Expand

    "All in all, Lutken and Deal put their souls into this beautiful, tuneful tribute." Collapse

    Event Name: The Lion
    Article: An Autobiographical Musical with Bite
    Milwaukee Magazine - Oct 05, 2015
    By Paul Kosidowski

    "Those first moments are a testament to the brilliance of Scheuer’s candid, evocative musical, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Rep’s Steimke Theatre." Expand

    "Those first moments are a testament to the brilliance of Scheuer’s candid, evocative musical, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Rep’s Steimke Theatre." Collapse

    Event Name: The Lion
    Article: 'The Lion': Humor, Music, and the Will to Live
    Shepherd Express - Oct 05, 2015
    By Harry Cherkinian

    "What makes this 65-minute show...so entertaining, poignant and compelling is Scheuer himself and his fierce courage to face life’s challenges." Expand

    "What makes this 65-minute show...so entertaining, poignant and compelling is Scheuer himself and his fierce courage to face life’s challenges." Collapse

    Event Name: Dreamgirls
    Article: Milwaukee Rep Delivers an Electrifying "Dreamgirls"
    Showbiz Chicago - Oct 02, 2015
    By Matthew Perta

    "Milwaukee is on fire this fall. I encourage to you come feel the heat generated by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s much-anticipated season-opener, an electrifying production of the Tony Award-winning musical 'Dreamgirls'." Expand

    "Milwaukee is on fire this fall. I encourage to you come feel the heat generated by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s much-anticipated season-opener, an electrifying production of the Tony Award-winning musical 'Dreamgirls'." Collapse

    Event Name: Dreamgirls
    Article: Supreme Theater
    Milwaukee Magazine - Oct 01, 2015
    By Paul Kosidowski

    "It’s the perfect embodiment of the great American story of rise and fall, integrity and compromise, art and commerce. Today, it plays out in full view on American Idol and elsewhere. But once upon a time, when the stakes were much higher, it ha… Expand

    "It’s the perfect embodiment of the great American story of rise and fall, integrity and compromise, art and commerce. Today, it plays out in full view on American Idol and elsewhere. But once upon a time, when the stakes were much higher, it happened in nightclubs and recording studios—in a world that The Rep’s Dreamgirls captures with brilliant energy and heart-wrenching soul." Collapse

    Event Name: Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver
    Article: 'Back Home Again' makes case for listening to John Denver again
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Sep 14, 2015
    By Mike Fischer

    "By beginning as they do, Lutken and Deal tacitly acknowledge that they can't and won't try to duplicate Denver's crystalline, wide-ranging voice. But they also thereby free themselves to present Denver's songs anew." Expand

    "By beginning as they do, Lutken and Deal tacitly acknowledge that they can't and won't try to duplicate Denver's crystalline, wide-ranging voice. But they also thereby free themselves to present Denver's songs anew." Collapse

    Event Name: Low Down Dirty Blues
    Article: Wonderful Felicia Fields right at home on Milwaukee stage
    NWITimes.com - May 28, 2015
    By Phil Potempa

    "Over the weekend, while in Milwaukee, I managed to catch up with Felicia to see the final performance of her fantastic run of "Low Down Dirty Blues," by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, as directed by Myler. It enjoyed a long run from M… Expand

    "Over the weekend, while in Milwaukee, I managed to catch up with Felicia to see the final performance of her fantastic run of "Low Down Dirty Blues," by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, as directed by Myler. It enjoyed a long run from March 20 until it closed Sunday in the intimate supper club atmosphere of the Stackner Cabaret of The Milwaukee Repertory Theater Company..." Collapse

    Event Name: Peter and the Starcatcher
    Article: Un-adulterated joy
    Examiner.com - Apr 28, 2015
    By Jeff Grygny

    "Geometrically speaking, it draws together "smart," "sweet," "silly," and "spectacular" into a near-perfect rhombus." Expand

    "Geometrically speaking, it draws together "smart," "sweet," "silly," and "spectacular" into a near-perfect rhombus." Collapse

    Event Name: Peter and the Starcatcher
    Article: Rep's "Peter and the Starcatcher" shows just how easy it really is to fly
    OnMilwaukee.com - Apr 24, 2015
    By Dave Begel

    "This final production for the Rep this season is everything great about live theater. This is not just theater that is live it is theater that is full of life. It’s great for adults and great for children, and who could ask for more." Expand

    "This final production for the Rep this season is everything great about live theater. This is not just theater that is live it is theater that is full of life. It’s great for adults and great for children, and who could ask for more." Collapse

    Event Name: Low Down Dirty Blues
    Article: "Low Down Dirty Blues"
    Around the Town Chicago - Mar 23, 2015
    By Alan Bresloff

    “Low Down Dirty Blues”, tells us about a group of musicians gathering in their club, after hours, to swap stories and share their love of the Blues. Expand

    “Low Down Dirty Blues”, tells us about a group of musicians gathering in their club, after hours, to swap stories and share their love of the Blues. Collapse

    Event Name: Five Presidents
    Article: "Five Presidents"
    Around the Town Chicago - Mar 22, 2015
    By Lawrence Riordan

    "On entering the Milwaukee Rep. Theatre’s house, one is struck by the elegant set (Todd Edward Ivins) where the five living Presidents, the most exclusive club in the world, will gather for the funeral of Richard M. Nixon, in Rick Cleveland’s pl… Expand

    "On entering the Milwaukee Rep. Theatre’s house, one is struck by the elegant set (Todd Edward Ivins) where the five living Presidents, the most exclusive club in the world, will gather for the funeral of Richard M. Nixon, in Rick Cleveland’s play “Five Presidents.” Collapse

    Event Name: Five Presidents
    Article: Humanizing the Oval Office
    Shepherd Express - Mar 16, 2015
    By Silena Milewski

    "The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere of acclaimed television writer Rick Cleveland’s Five Presidents is a deeply human exploration of the trials and tribulations faced only by America's “most exclusive club—the ex-presidents.” Expand

    "The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere of acclaimed television writer Rick Cleveland’s Five Presidents is a deeply human exploration of the trials and tribulations faced only by America's “most exclusive club—the ex-presidents.” Collapse

    Event Name: The Amish Project
    Article: Simple Gifts: Reviewing The Rep's tale of forgiveness, "The Amish Project"
    Milwaukee Magazine - Feb 16, 2015
    By Paul Kosidowski

    "I don’t know how Jessica Dickey decided on the title for her rich and deeply felt one-woman play, The Amish Project, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. But I like to think it is a purposeful allusion to a similar, gro… Expand

    "I don’t know how Jessica Dickey decided on the title for her rich and deeply felt one-woman play, The Amish Project, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. But I like to think it is a purposeful allusion to a similar, groundbreaking piece of theater—The Laramie Project, Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project’s play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard." Collapse

    Event Name: Good People
    Article: Deborah Staples Shines in The Rep's 'Amish Project'
    Shepherd Express - Feb 16, 2015
    By Amanda Sullivan

    "The Milwaukee Repertory Theater is currently staging Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project, a striking fictional exploration of a real event that took place Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Penn." Expand

    "The Milwaukee Repertory Theater is currently staging Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project, a striking fictional exploration of a real event that took place Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Penn." Collapse

    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: Good People
    Article: Laura Gordon is a Show Stopper
    Urban Milwaukee Dial - Jan 26, 2015
    By Dominique Paul Noth

    "There is deliberate if gentle irony in the title 'Good People', David Lindsay-Abaire’s working-class, comic-drama that deserves a rush for tickets through February 15 at the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse." Expand

    "There is deliberate if gentle irony in the title 'Good People', David Lindsay-Abaire’s working-class, comic-drama that deserves a rush for tickets through February 15 at the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse." Collapse

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