For the week of April 10-16…
April showers bring more great arts events!!
Last Straw, April 10, Times Cinema, 5906 W Vliet St (exfabula.com)
Hard to believe, but Milwaukee’s favorite storytellers group will soon wrap up its 9th season! This season’s final StorySlam takes place on the 10th at the friendly confines of the Times Cinema in Washington Heights. The contestants will present monologues (or possibly dialogues) on the theme “The Last Straw.” After the presentations, audience members will vote for their favorite! The winner advances on to the Ex Fabula All Stars show at Turner Hall Ballroom in May! The storytellers and their stories make for an evening well spent!
Our Town, April 13-May 13, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, 108 E Wells St (milwaukeerep.com)
The final production of the Milwaukee Rep’s season is Wisconsin playwright Thornton Wilder’s gem of American theater, which the Rep is staging for the fourth time in its 65 year history. The story of life in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners in a bygone era has been performed all over the world, and this production boasts one of the largest casts in Powerhouse Theater history. Director Brent Hazelton’s cast includes a veritable “Who’s Who” of Wisconsin theater, including Laura Gordon (in the key role of the Stage Manager), James Ridge, Carrie Hitchcock, Jonathan Smoots, Rana Roman, Chike Johnson, DiMonte Henning, Elizabeth Ledo (seen recently in Renaissance Theaterworks’ Russian Transport), Jim Pickering and Jonathan Wainwright (Scrooge in recent productions of the Rep’s Christmas Carol). In addition, the current members of the Rep’s Emerging Professional Residents program are represented in the cast. In short, even if you’ve seen this play elsewhere in the past, you can rest assured this Rep production will truly be a Grand Finale to the 2017-18 season!
Doubt, April 13-29, Cabot Theater, 158 N Broadway (milwaukeechambertheatre.com)
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play that became the acclaimed 2008 film starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman wraps up Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season. MCT Artistic Director C. Michael Wright leads a great cast in this story of an unfolding scandal at a Catholic high school in the Bronx circa 1964. Featured are MCT veterans April Paul and Marcus Truschinski, along with MCT debuts from Colleen Madden (recently seen in the Rep’s hit Black Pearl Sings!) and veteran Milwaukee actor/director Malkia Stampley. Don’t miss this stunning tale of deception and intrigue in the magnificent Cabot Theater!
The Wizard of Oz, April 14, Avalon Theater, 2473 S KK Ave (avalonmke.com)
Yes, April IS Tornado Awareness Month, and that means it’s time once again for Bay View’s magnificent Avalon Theater to present the 1939 classic musical (in a 4K restoration, no less!) as part of its Second Saturday Classics series! Join Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Robert Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton and the Munchkins for this amazing, colorful and tuneful journey down the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City! Due to popular demand, there will be two screenings this year-at 10:30 am and 1 pm! A little bird also tells me a group of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians will be performing in the Avalon lobby between performances! But remember this is one of the Avalon’s most popular classic presentations, so get your tickets early so you don’t get “blown away” at the door!
Prometheus Trio Spring Concert, April 16-17, Bader Recital Hall, 1584 N Prospect Ave (wcmusic.org)
You’ve heard them perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, now hear these virtuoso musicians perform their final concert of the season in the cozy confines of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Bader Recital Hall! As usual, the program is a cornucopia of chamber music delights old and new! Shulamit Ran’s 1997 Soliloquy is joined by Julius Klengel’s Kindertrio in D Major, Joaquin Turina’s Trio No. 2 in B Minor and Robert Schumann’s Trio in D Minor. It’s another fine showcase that wraps up another great PT season!