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The Nerd

From the much-loved playwright of The Foreigner comes a new production of one of the funniest plays ever written. When Willum has an unexpected party guest, who turns into an unwanted houseguest, he executes an elaborate plan to rid himself of the wacky nuisance. Aided by a rag-tag team that includes friends, a would-be lover and an oblivious boss, creative acts of desperation quickly dissolve into utter mayhem. The twists and turns of this madcap comedy lead to an ending that leaves you feeling happily hoodwinked!

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Wide-eyed Lucas Brickman is a fledgling comedy writer working with some of the funniest – and craziest – writers in 1950s television. While his colleagues try to top each other’s gags, head madman Max Prince contends with the NBC brass who are threatening to pull their groundbreaking show off the air. This hit Broadway comedy is an homage to Neil Simon’s early days writing jokes for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, alongside future legends including Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

Jeeves at Sea

Bertie Wooster and Jeeves return for a new adventure off the coast of Monte Carlo. Bertie and his chum Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth (aka Crumpet) are reveling in life aboard the fetching Lady Stella Vanderley's yacht... until Crumpet discloses that he may or may not have murdered a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet is posing as his own long-lost twin, and a foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel! In Margaret Raether's fourth adaptation of the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories, can Jeeves prevent his master from being murdered - or worse, married?

A Christmas Carol

The Rep’s hit new adaptation is a tale of love, hope and redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. It’s a dazzling Christmas feast with enough theatrical goodies to fill any sized stocking hung by the chimney with care. Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge in this holiday classic the whole family will love.

The Winter's Tale

The year is 1975. False assumptions. Lost children. Truths revealed. Redemption found. Wonders appearing. First Stage’s award-winning Young Company brings us this genre-defying tragicomedy from the Bard.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

This imaginative ode to childhood brings to life the heartwarming stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Adventure with Peter as he grows up and explores the wide and wonderful world around him.

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Casey is a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way. When the owner of the run down bar where he works brings in a drag show to attract more customers, Casey is out of a job. Or is he? Filled with music, humor and plenty of sequins, this joyful, acclaimed new play is a reminder that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected turn. Don’t miss this hilarious and heartwarming show taking the nation by storm.

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records. A recording label that, at the height of the jazz and blues age, became for a brief, bright few years, the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest—and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and
blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.

A Wrinkle in Time

When a mysterious stranger arrives at Meg Murry’s home, she embarks on a wild, empowering journey of self-discovery. Joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more, they travel through space and time to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Propel your imagination with this fantastical adventure of a lifetime.

Happy Days

Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in Beckett’s unforgettable masterpiece of modern theater. Often referred to as “the Hamlet for actresses,” Winnie is a mountain of a role, both physically and emotionally. A summit part for Milwaukee’s virtuosic actor, Laura Gordon.

A Small Fire

John and Emily Bridges’ happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. At the height of her powers as a construction company CEO, her senses are slowly stripped away – smell, then taste, then sight. Emily is determined to remain engaged with her company and community, and enjoy her daughter’s wedding. But a crisis point comes when her hearing falters, leaving only touch to navigate a greatly diminished world. Suddenly, she is utterly dependent on her husband whose loyal devotion she has always taken for granted.

No Wake

With determination (and a bullhorn), elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. While the two initially grate on each other, they slowly open up one moment at a time and encourage each other to truly acknowledge their loneliness and loss. This World Premiere by Wisconsin writer Erica Berman is a humorous and poignant tale of two individuals learning to take back control of their lives.

Eclipsed

Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War. Five extraordinary women, who have formed an unlikely sisterhood, struggle to negotiate power, protection and peace as they try to survive. Drawing on the reserves of wit and
compassion, these defiant women ask: when the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? Nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Play, Eclipsed has been called "rare and powerful" by The New York Times and "a must-see production" by New York Magazine.

Antonio's Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son

Antonio’s Song charts one artist’s exploration of self. From the streets of Brooklyn to Russia’s most prestigious ballet training studios, Antonio struggles to reconcile multiple ethnic identities. He wrestles with the definition of masculinity in modern America while discovering the beauty of becoming a father. Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s (Until the Flood) powerful poetry is intermixed with stunning original movement and music and evocative projected imagery to create a wholly unique and stunning world premiere production.

Actually

Tom and Amber are college freshmen at Princeton. They are overwhelmed, overstimulated, under slept, surrounded by strangers, full of tension, uncertainty and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong? Actually is a smart, profoundly painful exploration of the culture of sexual consent. A perfectly complex tale for our #MeToo Age.

9 Circle

Honorably discharged but later accused of a war crime in Iraq, American soldier Daniel Reeves must navigate an onslaught of commanding officers, public defenders, lawyers, preachers and psychiatrists who seek answers, excuses or culpability. Based on actual events, Bill Cain’s psychological thriller is by turns shocking, mesmerizing and bitingly funny. Ultimately, it is the soldier who must discover his own path to truth, where he finds duty, war and justice are on a collision course with the indomitable, yet vulnerable, human spirit.

Rep Lab

Milwaukee Rep’s limited engagement short-play festival is back for its 10th year. See it all—drama, comedy and everything in between—in this one-of-a-kind theatergoing experience featuring the talents of Milwaukee Rep’s Emerging Professional Residents.

Destiny of Desire

On a stormy night in Mexico, two baby girls are born — one into a life of privilege and the other into poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. With nods to Shakespeare and Brecht, this fastpaced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas is filled with forbidden love, revenge, glorious music and burning passion, making it the perfect guilty pleasure to end The Rep’s 2019-20 Season.

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand

Alex Scott has a story to tell – about her life and her legacy, her humor and her heart. The story of a young girl fiercely determined to make a difference despite the challenges she faces. Alex’s true story reminds us all that a single person can change the world – one act, or even one cup, at a time.

Gently Down the Stream

As the 21st century begins, ex-pat pianist Beau is caught off-guard by Rufus - a London lawyer more than 30 years his junior who he meets on a gay dating site. After a lifetime of disappointment, Beau's keeping his expectations low. But Rufus is part of a new, hopeful generation, and not even Beau can convince him they don't have just as much of a right to happiness as anyone else. And as the years pass and their relationship evolves, Beau finds himself coming to believe this new idea - and coming to terms with the ghosts lingering in his past. In this remarkably moving, brilliant love story, Martin Sherman reflects on the triumphs and heartbreaks of gay lives in the modern era, celebrating all those who paved the way

You Can’t Take It With You

Roar with laughter with the Young Company and their production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy.