Love, Shakespeare, Death and Mass Transit. This is how the main part of the Milwaukee Theatre Season closes-out next month. Kind of a lot going on just before June ushers-in Summer and what is likely to be rather a lot of outdoor theatre again.
April ends into May with Rob Urbinati’s Death By Design. The alluring Alicia Rice stars as glamorous English actress Sorel Benett. She has retreated into a country estate with her husband Edward (played by the show’s director Zach Thomas Woods.) They take a few eccentric guests. One of them ends up lying on the couch quite dead. It’s a cozy, little murder mystery in the basement of the Brumder Mansion on 3046 West Wisconsin Avenue. The show runs April 29 - May 14. For more information, visit Milwaukee Entertainment Group online.
Windfall Theatre closes-out its season with a production of The Light in the Piazza. Directed by Carol Zippel, the musical drama features impressive talent including David Flores, Joe Gallo, Sandra Hollander and Amanda J. Hull. A mother and daughter from. North Carolina vacation in Italy in the mid-20th century. Musical love in a romantic place graces the stage at Redeemer Lutheran Church on 631 N. 19th St. For ticket reservations and more visit Windfall Theatre online.
The First Stage engages audiences in a cross-town bus trip with Last Stop on Market Street. The Matt de la Peña adventure makes its way to the stage in an adaptation by Gloria Bond Clunie. Director Jenny Morales gives audiences a trip across town in the comfort of the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center on 325 W. Walnut. St. The show runs May 7th - June 12th.
Shakespearian love gets a pleasant, little trip across the stage in the proudly unprepared hands of Boozy Bard this May as the group presents Much Ado About Nothing. Yes: It’s the group that randomly assigns roles to actors before pointing them at an audience. And this time it’s a matter of love. And comedy. And beer. (There are some great microbrews at the bar.) The show runs May 9 - 11 at The Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery on 901 W. Juneau Ave.
Exit, Pursued By a Bear has a very clever set-up that should work brilliantly in the coziness of one of the smallest stages in town. Somewhere in a cabin in the wilderness woman has taped a man to a chair. She’s going to reenact scenes from their past before dousing the place in honey and opening the door for hungry bears. It’s a night with Nan and Kyle in Sunstone Studios on 127 E Wells Street. Stacy Madson directs. The show runs May 12 - 16.