Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl has been a poignant window into the Holocaust since it was first published in 1947, and Frances Goodrich’s and Albert Hackett’s adaptation for stage and film, The Diary of Anne Frank, has been seen by millions. Both the book and play have been celebrated (as touching and iconic) and slighted (as trite and sentimental), but the Milwaukee Rep’s production comes along as writers and critics (Francine Prose, among others) renew the effort to dub the book a modern classic, recognizing the girl’s remarkable writing and insight into the human condition. Decide for yourself, as KJ Sanchez directs what should be a polished production.
The Diary of Anne Frank. (Oct. 23-Dec. 2). Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. 108 E. Wells St., 414-224-9490, milwaukeerep.com.