To Edwin, with love

To Edwin, with love

Angela Iannone’s new play at Soulstice Theatre explores her fascination with Edwin Booth, the lesser-known Booth brother, who was five years senior to John Wilkes.

“I’ve always been something of a theater nerd,” says Angela Iannone. And MKE fans have been reaping the benefits of her fixation for years. Most visible as an actor – she recently tackled the roles of Maria Callas (Master Class) and Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie) in a single season – she is also a director and playwright, filling both roles in Theater RED’s production of The Seeds of Banquo this month. The fourth play Iannone has written about the legendary 19th-century actor Edwin Booth, this one centers on his 1870 production of Macbeth. “Edwin Booth is naturalistic, truthful, American acting,” Iannone says, explaining her fascination with the lesser-known Booth brother, who was five years senior to John Wilkes. “[Edwin] is the innovator and the standard by which everyone else can be judged.”

The Seeds of Banquo (Aug. 12-23). Soulstice Theatre, theaterred.com.

‘To Edwin, with love’ appears in the August 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.