The Milwaukee Rep's 2017-2018 Season Recap
By Livia Peterson
As the Milwaukee Rep's 64th Season is wrapping up, let's briefly reflect upon their productions. I did NOT attend Guys and Dolls (Quadracci Powerhouse), The Who and The What (Stiemke Studio), Holmes and Watson (Quadracci Powerhouse), and the Annual Rep Lab (Stiemke Studio).
The Milwaukee Rep is located on 108 East Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee. For tickets and subscriptions, the ticket office phone number is 414-224-9490.
The Quadracci Powerhouse
The Quadracci Powerhouse is considered the Rep's main stage theater, producing small to major plays and musicals.
Animal Farm ~ A very gloomy and depressing production with feminist undertones and perspective, considering it was directed by the Rep Associate Artistic Director May Adrales. This would be considered the disappointment of the 64th Season, at least it wasn't a chore to sit through akin to The Royale.
One House Over ~ A relevant production allowing the audience to reflect upon borders and boundaries within our society.
Our Town ~ A sublime and resonant production consisting of thirty one actors, demonstrating to live every moment as if it were your last.
The Stiemke Studio
The Stiemke Studio allows the Rep to produce ambitious experimental theatrical productions.
Until The Flood ~ Anchored by a mediocre narrative, Dael Orlandersmith provides a poignant performance.
The Stackner Cabaret
The Stackner Cabaret is a intimate dinner theater with primarily musicals, consisting of a small group of actors.
Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins ~ A delightful music revue providing us a glimpse of the friendship of Ms. Jenkins (Marguerite Willbanks) and Cosme McMoon (Jack Forbes Wilson).
Murder for Two ~ A outrageously hilarious farce, led by Joe Kinosian and Matt Edmonds.
Black Pearl Sings! ~ A poignant narrative that reflects upon the current race relations today. My favorite Stackner Cabaret production during the 64th Season.
Always...Patsy Cline ~ Friendship is able to endure a lifetime and thus, the relationship among Patsy Cline (Kelley Faulkner) and Louise Seger (Tami Workentin) is endearing.
The Neighbor Series included One House Over, Until The Flood, and Our Town - plays allowing audiences to reflect upon what it means to be neighbors in a community. I'd say it was a success.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, the Rep's 65th Anniversary Season includes In The Heights, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Junk, Things I Know To Be True, and Two Trains Running in the Quadracci Powerhouse, Guards at the Taj and The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio, Songs for Nobodies, The All Night Strut, Mark Twain's River of Song, and Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire in the Stackner Cabaret (the subscription series). Pretty confident I will attend the complete Rep's 2018-2019 Season.