Why I Am Looking Forward to the Milwaukee Rep's 2018-2019 Season
By Livia Peterson
My aunt taught me how to appreciate live theatrical performances as they are and cherish the experience. Now that I have a job and such, I am able to support the performing arts myself, but primarily advocating the local resident theaters. Ever since I was required to attend The Royale for the college level Introduction to Theater class, I've seeked out more theatrical productions than I could've imagined. I see so many movies as a part time film critic and therefore, crave to attend affordable professional theater. The Milwaukee Rep is my go to for obvious reasons.
Since I will have attended six Milwaukee Rep productions during their 2017-2018 Season, it is easy to declare I am excited for the 2018-2019 Season. With that said, some reasons to get excited for the Rep's 2018-2019 Season.
Number One: The Stackner Cabaret Renovation.
Desite I will only attend Songs for Nobodies in my favorite Milwaukee Rep venue, it is difficult NOT to look forward to seeing the new seating, lobby, and the like for yourself. Currently, the Stackner Cabaret is small and a bit claustrophobic, but offers the most intimate atmosphere, regardless of the play including or excluding an intermission.
Number Two: The Quadracci Powerhouse Season.
From Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights to Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, I will definitely guarantee my busy schedule to allow me to attend the four out of five Quadracci Powerhouse productions (everything excluding August Wilson's Two Trains Running). Tempted to purchase the Quadracci Powerhouse subscription, but I've NEVER actually subscribed to a performing arts theater in my life.
Number Three: The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio.
Despite the Stiemke Studio is my least favorite Milwaukee Rep venue, The Chinese Lady is about immigration and a Chinese woman. My sister is Chinese and so obviously, the subject matter immediately put the play on the must see list. Plus, May Adrales beautifully helms relevant productions that no one can look away, as such in the completely depressing George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Number Four: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the Pabst Theater.
I adored the Rep's A Christmas Carol last year and perhaps yes, I found a new family tradition in the process. If my family doesn't want to attend a updated version, I will attend it by myself (as usual with every Milwaukee Rep play I attend), but hopefully not. Fingers crossed.
Number Five: Diversity.
Despite I did not recognize the Rep's diversity right from the beginning, I eventually noticed it as I attended additional performances at the theater. Besides the brilliant programming the theater presents to Milwaukee, the promotion of diversity keeps me returning to the theater. Like I am trying to resist to attend Until the Flood in the Stiemke Studio, but good luck with that.
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater is located on 108 East Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee. Visit www.milwaukeerep.com or call 414-224-9490 to inquire about season subscriptions and purchase tickets.