Umbrella Group Milwaukee debuts

Newcomer Umbrella Group Milwaukee has successfully opened with its production of the dark comedy “God of Carnage.”

Under the direction of Milwaukee theater veteran Bo Johnson, the cast featuring Anna Figenshtaler, Matt Wickey, Libby Amato and Jason Will is presenting Milwaukee’s premier of the Tony Award-winning play through Sunday, July 20.

OnMilwaukee.Com calls the work “an impressive debut for Umbrella Group.”

A review by Mike Fischer in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls the 70-minute play “short, extremely funny and – best of all – adept at tracing how easily alliances can shift once the rules by which we’ve lived get trashed.”

At its website, Umbrella Group describes itself as:

“a theatrical production company aiming to challenge and inspire its audiences through a broad spectrum of creative talents and performance styles.

The company provides a framework of artistic, technical, and fundraising support to performance projects in the Milwaukee area that might otherwise go unrealized.

We strive to provide a creative environment for artists to learn, develop, broaden, and practice their craft, by establishing and maintaining a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the production of high quality performance experiences for both artists and audience.”

See “God of Carnage” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 20, at Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th St. Click here for tickets at $20 each, with discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Free Open Improv - Wednesday

Free Open Improv happens every other Wednesday night, beginning July 16. 

Milwaukee Comedy is opening the Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, for free sessions of open improvised comedy. Members of Sketch Marks will run the 7 p.m. open improv free-for-alls in the lower level of the Plankinton Building, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.

From Facebook:

Wednesday, July 16th Sketch Marks will be hosting Open Improv at 7:00 at the Underground Collaborative….and get this, it’s free! We look forward to playing with newbies and veterans alike! Come on down (literally the basement) and join us for some fun!!

Free Open Improv tip:


Street parking in downtown Milwaukee usually runs until 6 p.m. So if you can find a place near the Plankinton Building (Try Michigan Street between Plankinton Avenue and 2nd Street.), you don’t have to pay for parking.

Free Open Improv and free parking. Can’t beat that.

Sketch 22 July 19

One of our favorite Milwaukee comedy community collaborations happens Saturday, July 19. It’s the 13th installment of the semi-annual Sketch 22 extravaganza, masterminded by Patrick Schmitz.

Beginning at 7 p.m., in the garage theater of ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St., 40 Milwaukee comedy actors will present 10 original comedy sketches created only the night before by 10 teams of Milwaukee comedy writers.

There’s a lot of serendipity involved, with 10 directors randomly selecting the scripts and actors they’re working with at noon on Saturday. Most of the collaborators have never performed together before, which helps build camaraderie and chemistry in the Milwaukee comedy community.

And it all happens in 22 hours – thus the name, Sketch 22 – from the time the 10 writing teams get their assignments until the show goes on. So what the audience sees is about the freshest version of sketch comedy they could experience without the show being improvised.

Seating is limited, but the ComedySportz bar and Howie’s Cafe are open, so it pays to get there early and get your $10 ticket at the door. Do the math. That’s $1 for each fresh, original Milwaukee comedy sketch.

And there’s more

Right after Sketch 22, you can catch the hilarious Goodnight Milwaukee Show with Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz. Seating begins right after the Sketch 22 audience clears out, and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are merely $5.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Goodnight Milwaukee is a smartly written variety show modeled after late-night television.

From Facebook:

Ever wonder what would happen if the competing late night talk show hosts were forced to come together and host a show together? Of course you have! The Goodnight Milwaukee Show is a Milwaukee centric variety show that mixes local humor with the traditional talk show template. Join Jake and Tyler as they interview crazy guests, play super-fun games, and tell jokes, lots of jokes! 

goodnight Milwaukee


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