Whale of a Tale

In case you missed the Milwaukee theatrical premiere of Ryan Lowe’s movie “Moby Dick” earlier this month, there’s one more showing at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Ryan, a standout standup comedian, has crafted a puppet extravaganza with the talents of some of Milwaukee’s funniest performers. Admission is $5.

Read the fascinating genesis of Ryan’s work from Colleen Jurkiewicz, at OnMilwaukee.com.



Final Shows of "Burden"

With the end of August comes the last three nights of “The Burden of Being” a coming-of-age puppet musical, written by Robby McGhee.

You know Robby from the Tall Boys improv group and Sketch 22 improv and Greendale Community Theatre productions such as the recently completed “Les Miserables” and, of course, The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.).

Now Robby has created a musical – using puppets – performed by some of Milwaukee’s finest talent, including cast and band members from T.I.M.

Mike Fischer, in a review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, says, “we see the promise of a writer who combines a wonderfully offbeat sense of humor with a heartfelt awareness of what such humor often hides or deflects, in a world where a brave smile is often our only defense against the burden of being.”

Russ Bickerstaff, in the Shepherd Express, calls “The Burden of Being” “a light, quick musical” punctuated by “sparkling performances in the ensemble.”

The final performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-31, at the Alchemist Theatre, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Click here for $17 tickets. 

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