The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Magic Meets Medicine

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Review by Karen Topham, Americsan Theatre Critics Association member; photos by the Rosenkranz Mysteries “How did he do that?” This is the question audiences ask themselves upon seeing any good magician display his art. And viewers at the Royal George Theatre will indeed ask this question over and over during Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz’s one-man show The […]

Raven’s “The Gentleman Caller” Brings Tennessee Williams and William Inge to Life

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Michael Brosilow “One can never be 100% themselves unless they embrace themselves.” Raven Theatre Artistic Director Cody Estle was speaking about his latest play, an homage to two American theatre icons, Tennesse Williams and William Inge, both of whom had deep secrets that they […]

“Smart People” Tackles Racial Issues in Glencoe

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Michael Brosilow On a weekend near the end of March, members of the American Theatre Critics Association and leaders from theaters across the country gathered in Milwaukee for an Intersections Summit on diversity in theatre. Watching Lydia R. Diamond’s provocative Smart People at Writers […]

“You For Me For You” is a Brilliant, Fantastical Examination of Love and Immigration

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Michael Tutino You For Me For You, a Sideshow Theatre production now playing at Victory Gardens, is a brilliantly written, thoroughly original, and provocative piece of theatre. In its imaginative way, it takes us on two journeys simultaneously: an immigrant’s saga of integration in […]

FL OnStage: “Brigadoon” Enchants at the Wick in Boca

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Review by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member BOCA RATON — On the Playbill’s cover, gold, upper case letters spell out the title of the enchanting musical playing at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum through April 8. If the gold coloring and capitalization are coincidence, they’re appropriately symbolic. That’s because we need a […]

WI OnStage: “One House Over” Is an Intimate Look at Immigrant Issues

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Review by Karen Topham; photos by Michael Brosilow At a time when immigration is front and center in the national conversation, it is wonderful when a play comes along that tackles the issue without hitting the audience over the head. Milwaukee Rep’s latest World Premiere play (performed in the Quadracci Powerhouse), Catherine Treischmann’s funny, poignant One […]