Culture Club goes on hiatus for a few weeks, but here’s a list of Don’t Miss events for the summer ahead. See you soon!
Fine Arts Quartet at the Zelazo Center.
Why? Because there’s still another concert left in the FAQ’s summer series, and it sports a program worthy of a gentle but grand finale. Cellist Alexander Hülshoff and violist Gil Sharon will join the quartet to play Tchaikovsky’s lovely Souvenir de Florence, and Richard Strauss’s string sextet drawn from his final opera, Capriccio. And there’s Mozart, to boot: his String Quintet in C-minor, based on a serenade for winds.
Quasimondo Theatre’s Animal Farm at Trimborn Farm.
Why? Because we can’t think of a better place to revisit George Orwell’s classic political parable? The “physical theater” group offers “A Potluck of Puppetry, Performance & Propaganda” to close out its second season.
Umbrella Group’s God of Carnage at Tenth Street Theater.
Why? Because these days, Milwaukee theater follows a philosophy of “the more the merrier,” and this new ensemble is the latest group to roll up its shirtsleeves and get something up on a stage. Bo Johnson and Libby Amato are the most familiar names in the five-person collective, and both will be involved in its inaugural production, Yasmina Reza’s high-flying and darkly comic God of Carnage.
Phantom of the Opera at the Marcus Center.
Why? Because Cats might have been “forever,” but this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is now the longest running Broadway musical in history (motto: “To infinity and beyond”?). It’s been honored, parodied and lampooned to within an inch of its masked life, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you oughta be ashamed of yourself. There, we said it.
Trisha Brown Dance Company at Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Why? Because it’s most definitely the arts event of the summer (sorry Festa Italiana’s Dick Contino). Alverno Presents and Lynden host the Milwaukee edition of the company’s international farewell tour. The 77-year-old Brown began her career in the artistic cauldron of New York City in the 1960s, and this performance will put her works alongside Lynden sculptures that also mark the innovations of that age. Not to be missed.
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Master Class at the Broadway Theatre Center.
Why? Because theater and opera fans alike should welcome the return of MCT’s production of Terrance McNally’s biographical tribute to the great diva Maria Callas. Angela Ianonne reprises the role she played fifteen years ago in a Chamber Theatre production. This collaboration with Waukesha’s Carroll University is co-directed by Carroll’s James Zager and Milwaukee Opera Theater’s Jill Anna Ponasik.
Renaissance Theatre’s On the Brink at the Broadway Theatre Center.
Why? Because it’s always great to see another local theater get in to the “new play game,” and so there’s reason to celebrate Renaissance and Mallory Metoxen, who is spearheading the theater’s play development efforts. It begins with two staged readings: The Griots by Madison-based Gwendolyn Rice, whose work has been performed here by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. And Florida-based Janet Burroway, a Pulitzer-nominated author of eight novels and several plays.