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    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

    Event Name: The Doyle & Debbie Show
    Article: "The Doyle & Debbie Show"
    The Morning Blend - Sep 11, 2014
    By N/a

    Called “hilarious, brilliant and drop-dead funny” by the Chicago Tribune, The Doyle & Debbie Show finds a washed-up country star and his newest singing partner dusting off their microphones and resurrecting a familiar signature sound. The show is… Expand

    Called “hilarious, brilliant and drop-dead funny” by the Chicago Tribune, The Doyle & Debbie Show finds a washed-up country star and his newest singing partner dusting off their microphones and resurrecting a familiar signature sound. The show is a loving spoof of country western music duos, and we're so excited to have them in studio to perform. Collapse

    Event Name: The Doyle & Debbie Show
    Article: "The Doyle & Debbie Show" rattles the rafters at The Rep
    OnMilwaukee.com - Sep 08, 2014
    By Dave Begel

    "There are people who will call this production a parody of country music, but that sells it short. There is nothing burlesque or satirical about this story. It is, instead, a tribute – albeit a very funny tribute – to the glory that was country… Expand

    "There are people who will call this production a parody of country music, but that sells it short. There is nothing burlesque or satirical about this story. It is, instead, a tribute – albeit a very funny tribute – to the glory that was country music." Collapse

    Event Name: Mirror Mirror
    Article: Michael Pink Conjures A Majestic Masterpiece in MIRROR, MIRROR
    Broadway World - May 19, 2014
    By Peggy Sue Dunigan

    "Michael Pink's World Premiere Mirror, Mirror conjures a spell that leaves the audience speechless except for the applause of a standing ovation..." Expand

    "Michael Pink's World Premiere Mirror, Mirror conjures a spell that leaves the audience speechless except for the applause of a standing ovation..." Collapse

    Event Name: Mirror Mirror
    Article: Milwaukee Ballet shines a sparkling light on "Mirror Mirror"
    OnMilwaukee.com - May 16, 2014
    By Dave Begel

    "Under normal circumstances, I look at a production, write what I think and let it go at that. That is the role of the critic. It's rare for me to suggest that something on a stage in Milwaukee is something an audience should not miss." Expand

    "Under normal circumstances, I look at a production, write what I think and let it go at that. That is the role of the critic. It's rare for me to suggest that something on a stage in Milwaukee is something an audience should not miss." Collapse

    Event Name: Mirror Mirror
    Article: The Fairest of Them All
    Urban Milwaukee - May 16, 2014
    By Danielle McClune

    "If you have yet to see a performance by the Milwaukee Ballet Company, there is no better time than now. Artistic Director Michael Pink’s Mirror Mirror is a true feat – a world premiere ballet of Snow White cleverly retold, and it’s magnificent.… Expand

    "If you have yet to see a performance by the Milwaukee Ballet Company, there is no better time than now. Artistic Director Michael Pink’s Mirror Mirror is a true feat – a world premiere ballet of Snow White cleverly retold, and it’s magnificent." Collapse

    Event Name: Mirror Mirror
    Article: A 21st century Snow White: Mirror Mirror at Milwaukee Ballet
    Bachtrack - May 15, 2014
    By Carla Escoda

    "Rarely do story ballets succeed as both escapist fantasy and provocative drama; the future of the art form, however, depends on it. Michael Pink’s new Mirror Mirror, a reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale for Milwaukee Ballet, is deeply sat… Expand

    "Rarely do story ballets succeed as both escapist fantasy and provocative drama; the future of the art form, however, depends on it. Michael Pink’s new Mirror Mirror, a reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale for Milwaukee Ballet, is deeply satisfying on both counts." Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: Play explores how and why Jews created superheroes
    The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle - Apr 08, 2014
    By Leon Cohen

    Playwright, screenwriter, author and director David Bar Katz loved comic books as a child, including those about superheroes. But one day a realization came to him. Expand

    Playwright, screenwriter, author and director David Bar Katz loved comic books as a child, including those about superheroes. But one day a realization came to him. Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: Superman at the Milwaukee Rep
    TMJ4 - Apr 05, 2014
    By TMJ4

    The Milwaukee Rep's production "The History of Invulnerability" opens one week from today. Expand

    The Milwaukee Rep's production "The History of Invulnerability" opens one week from today. Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: Milwaukee Rep's 'History of Invulnerability' tracks Superman and his creator
    Journal Sentinel - Apr 04, 2014
    By Jim Higgins

    "The History of Invulnerability," which the Milwaukee Repertory Theater begins performing April 8, considers both the greatest American comic-book hero ever, Superman, and one of the guys who created him, writer Jerry Siegel. Expand

    "The History of Invulnerability," which the Milwaukee Repertory Theater begins performing April 8, considers both the greatest American comic-book hero ever, Superman, and one of the guys who created him, writer Jerry Siegel. Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: ‘Invulnerability’ dramatizes Superman’s Jewish roots
    Wisconsin Gazette - Apr 04, 2014
    By Matthew Reddin

    The History of Invulnerability, the final play of the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse season, could be seen simply as a memory play about Jerry Siegel, the man who created Superman, and his life before and after he sold the rights to his creatio… Expand

    The History of Invulnerability, the final play of the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse season, could be seen simply as a memory play about Jerry Siegel, the man who created Superman, and his life before and after he sold the rights to his creation, then fought to win them back. Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: Superman’s Final Flight?
    Express Milwaukee - Apr 02, 2014
    By John Schneider

    “I’ve never related to comics but I love the concept of selective memory,” Director Mark Clements said of The History Invulnerability, a fantasy biography by playwright David Bar Katz about the writer Jerry Siegel and his comic book creation Superman… Expand

    “I’ve never related to comics but I love the concept of selective memory,” Director Mark Clements said of The History Invulnerability, a fantasy biography by playwright David Bar Katz about the writer Jerry Siegel and his comic book creation Superman. Collapse

    Event Name: The History of Invulnerability
    Article: Tuesday on Lake Effect: WI Employment Numbers, Superman's Origin Story, History of Invulnerability
    WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio - Apr 01, 2014
    By WUWM

    Superman’s creation story is told in two different venues – a book details the story of how the character came to be, and how many religions claim the story as their own. And a new production at the Milwaukee Rep tells the story of Superman’s creato… Expand

    Superman’s creation story is told in two different venues – a book details the story of how the character came to be, and how many religions claim the story as their own. And a new production at the Milwaukee Rep tells the story of Superman’s creator, Jerry Siegel. Collapse

    Event Name: Ain't Misbehavin'
    Article: Fats Waller at the Stackner
    Express Milwaukee - Mar 19, 2014
    By Harry Cherkinian

    Head on over to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret and you’ll find that the joint is really jumpin’ given the excellent production of Ain’t Mishbehavin’ currently shakin’ the rafters. Expand

    Head on over to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret and you’ll find that the joint is really jumpin’ given the excellent production of Ain’t Mishbehavin’ currently shakin’ the rafters. Collapse

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