Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week Ahead: Murder, Hollywood, Evita, Cirque, Socrates – and Even More

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Photo caption: Spanish-born Raúl Prieto Ramírez will perform Friday, Oct. 12, on the Wood Family Organ of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts as part of the season series of Brown County Civic Music Association. See below.


Below is more on “Dial M for Murder” in New London, “Hollywood’s Greatest Hits” in Black Creek, Green Bay and Ashwaubenon, “Mary Poppins Jr.” in Marinette, “Cirque du Soliel: Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience” in Ashwaubenon, “Dream Role” in Menasha, “Antigone” in Oshkosh, “The Revolutionists” in Green Bay, “And Then There Were None” in Oconto, “Odeon” in Sheboygan, “The Roommate” in Fond du Lac, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” in Fond du Lac, ng “Ghosts of Maribel Caves” in Green Bay and Manitowoc, “Salvage” in Fish Creek, “Evita” in Sheboygan, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” in Tisch Mills, “Muskie Love” in Fish Creek, “Billy Bishop Goes to War” in Sturgeon Bay… performances involving Love Handle, Women of Country, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Lawrence Symphony, “The Best of Billie Holiday,” Amir Eldan & Misha Namirovsky, The Kingston Trio (two venues), Kenny G, “The Music of ABBA,” Lawrence Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Anthony Padilla, UWGB  Concert Choir and University Singers, “A Neil Diamond Tribute Show,” UW Oshkosh Symphony, Janet Planet, Tracy Lawrence, “Up Close and Personal” blues series… news about 2018 Sheboygan Children and Teen’s Book Festival.


– In New London, Wolf River Theatrical Troupe will present the Frederick Knott thriller “Dial M for Murder” Oct. 10-13 at Real Opportunities Outreach. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-famous-thriller-play-dial-m-for-murder-scheduled-in-new-london/1492491306.

– In Black Creek, Green Bay and Ashwaubenon, Daddy D Productions show troupe of Green Bay will present “Hollywood’s Greatest Hits” Oct. 10 (Black Creek), Oct. 19, 25, 26 (Green Bay) and Oct. 27 (Ashwaubenon). The show, with comedy skits, includes iconic songs from TV and movies. Info: daddydproductions.com.

– In Marinette, the University of Wisconsin-Marinette Children’s Theatre production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” will open with performances for schools and homeschool students at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Herbert L. Williams Theatre on campus. Limited seating is available at linda.hornick@uwc.edu (as for 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17). Public performances are Oct. 12-14 and 19-21 (7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays). Info: marinette.uwc.edu/theatre. Snapshot: The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

– In Ashwaubenon, Resch Center will host six performances of “Cirque du Soliel: Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience” Oct. 11-14. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Info: reschcenter.com. The story begins with the lead character, misunderstood misfit Crystal, who falls through the ice on her neighborhood pond. While underwater, Crystal sees her reflection, which is her dark side and her guide through an upside-down underworld to reflect on her life. During Crystal’s journey, the audience experiences acrobats on ice, a high-flying gang of rogue hockey players, jugglers, trapeze artists on skates and limber gymnasts. The production uses the ice as a canvas that changes the story’s location without changing sets.

– In Menasha, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Theatre will present five performances of its popular “Dream Role” show in a new month (previously February) with a new theme (“Crazy”) in James W. Perry Hall. Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12; 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13; and 1 p.m. Oct. 14. Info: http://uwfox.uwc.edu/community/cac/theatre-performances. Susan Rabideau directs a fast-paced 90 minutes of hits.

– In Oshkosh, Hysterical Productions will present Sophocles’ “Antigone” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Grand Opera House. Info: hystericalproductions.com. This is a classic of the ages – the debate of the right of an individual versus the wishes of the state. Snapshot: Rebellious ancient Greek princess Antigone, of famed father Oedipus and his mother Jocasta, is pitted against stern and unbending King Creon. When Antigone defies Creon’s orders and buries her “traitorous” brother, her act of love and bravery triggers a tragic sequence of events. The company rates its production PG-13 due to subject matter and stage combat.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre will present the Lauren Gunderson play “The Revolutionists” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 18-20 in University Theatre in Theatre Hall. Preview story: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-play-at-uw-green-bay-will-revisit-women-of-1700s-reign-of-terror/1504684291.

– In Oconto, The Machickanee Players will present the Agatha Christie thriller “And Then There Were None” in six performances Oct. 12-14 and 19-21 in the troupe’s Park Avenue Playhouse. The schedule: Oct. 12 and 19, show only at 7 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20, dinner show at 6 p.m.; Oct. 14 and 21, dessert show at 1:30 p.m. Info: themachickaneeplayers.org. Snapshot: Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past that they are unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate because each has been marked for death. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, one by one guests are murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. Directing are Jenni Fabry and Tammie McCarthy. The characters/cast members: Rogers, Joe Noel; Mrs. Rogers, Hayley Maxwell; Fred Narracott, Chris Bellow; Vera Clythorne, Mariah Engeldinger; Philip Lombard, Travis Rysewyk; Anthony Marston, Mark Engeldinger; William Blore, Kyle Parrick; General MacKenzie, Jahn Mozey; Emily Brent, Susie Mozey; Sir Lawrence Wargrave, Glenn Sellen; and Dr. Armstrong, Wayne Garman.

– In Sheboygan, John Michael Kohler Arts Center will present Ephrat Asherie Dance performing its newest work, “Odeon,” in two performances. The 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, performance is billed as family-friendly. It includes an abridged version of “Odeon” with an audience engagement activity following. The 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, performance offers the full-length work. Info: jmkac.org. “Odeon” uses street and club dance styles set to the music of 20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. Choreographer and dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie collaborated with her brother, Ehud Asherie, to feature seven dancers and four musicians to reimagine Nazareth’s compositions that blend classical music with popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

– In Fond du Lac, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Theatre will present the J. Merrill Motz play “The Roommate” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in Prairie Theatre. Info: (920) 929-1111. Snapshot: The deal between roommates is Fisher won’t get in Tom’s way, and Tom won’t get on Fisher’s nerve. In the mix is Courtney, Tom’s long-distance girlfriend, who comes for a visit and tips over some secrets. The comedy-drama has mature content. In the cast are Cierra Glaeser, Aaron Wild and Cole Klewicki. Directing is Richard Gustin of the faculty. Playwright Jeremy Motz will join in a large group interdisciplinary discussion at noon, Oct. 18. Eleven faculty and their students are involved in the campus Theatre Interdisciplinary Program this semester.

– In Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Community Theatre will present “The Hound of the Baskervilles” in Goodrich Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Info: fdkct.com. Adapted by Tim Kelly, the play is based on the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle. The novel first appeared in serialized form in 1901 and 1902. The play is placed in a modern setting. The setup: Brash Canadian Henry Baskerville has inherited a British manor… and a mystery. The tale is told with suspense, humor and terror. There are mild adult themes. Directing is Trevor Clementi.


– In Green Bay and Manitowoc, Let Me Be Frank Productions is presenting “Ghosts of Maribel Caves” to Oct. 13 in Green Bay at the Meyer Theatre, with a run-out performance Oct. 10 in Manitowoc at the Capitol Civic Centre. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-ghosts-of-maribel-caves-delivers-a-lot-of-a-lot-in-green-bay/1466138021.

– In Fish Creek, Peninsula Players Theatre is the final performances of “Salvage” Oct. 10-14. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-super-sized-human-figure-ignites-restive-salvage-at-players/1422579813.

– In Sheboygan, Sheboygan Theatre Company will present its final performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Evita” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Leslie W. Johnson Theatre. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-big-sophisticated-evita-commands-attention-in-sheboygan/1502590328.

– In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will present its final performances of the musical “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-do-black-patent-leather-shoes-inventive-in-tisch-mills/1486660889.


– In Fish Creek, the fall season of Northern Sky Theater is presenting the Dave Hudson-Paul Libman musical “Muskie Love” to Oct. 20 in Door Community Auditorium. My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-muskie-love-thrives-on-romance-packers-magic-in-fish-creek/1411258761.

– In Sturgeon Bay, Third Avenue Playhouse will present the musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War” to Oct. 21 (7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays). My review: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-review-flair-color-fill-billy-bishop-goes-to-war-in-sturgeon-bay/1461774797.


– In Appleton, the Lawrence University guest recital with Paulina Zomora, piano, Wednesday, Oct. 10, has been CANCELLED.

 – In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host Love Handle at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host Women of Country (Milwaukee natives Nora Collins, and The WhiskeyBelles) in Kimberly-Clark Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Info: foxcitiespac.com.

– In Green Bay, Brown County Civic Music Association will open its season with a performance by organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on the Wood Family Organ at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Info: bccivicemusic.org or weidnercenter.com. According to the association’s website: Formerly of Barcelona, Spain, Ramírez has been based since January in San Diego, Calif., where he is organist in residence for Balboa Park’s renowned Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor musical instrument in the Western Hemisphere. Hired after an international search that included audition concerts by the finalists, Ramírez was lauded for his technical excellence, expressive musicality and charismatic performance skills. He is known for being one of the few top-tier concert organists who perform from memory. The program for his Green Bay concert: The intense and richly layered “Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541” by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Allegro movement from Charles-Marie Vidor’s “Symphony VI in g minor Op. 42 No. 2,” which premiered in 1879 at the Paris World Exhibition; “Rhapsodie Op. 7 No. 1” by Camille Saint-Saëns, which was inspired by the composer’s deep affection for French culture and folk music; “Mephisto Waltz No. 1 ‘Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke’ (The Dance in the Village Inn),” a Franz Liszt orchestral work transcribed by Ramirez and conveying passion, sensuality and dramatics; and, encompassing the second half of the program, the Liszt masterpiece, “Fantasia and Fugue” on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” (Latin for “Come to us, to the waves of salvation”), an operatic work that begins with dark drama, shifts to quiet contemplation and energetic lyricism and concludes with a triumphant coda. Prominent among many career milestones for Ramírez was appointment in 2006, at age 27, as the first organist in residence for the Auditorio Nacional de Música (the national concert hall) in Madrid. He went on to found Spain’s most successful organ festival, the International Organ Festival of Barcelona, where he continues as artistic director. His global schedule regularly takes him to major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. Organist Jeff Verkuilen, a Green Bay business person and Civic Music board member who helped arrange the visit of Ramírez to Wisconsin, says the concert will be a celebration not only of the artist’s talent but of the quality of the Weidner Center and its Casavant organ. “It’s a phenomenal instrument,” says Verkuilen, who has performed on the organ. “It’s a rarity – a blessing – to have a pipe organ of that magnitude and quality in a community the size of Green Bay. We’re proud to give people a chance to hear it played, and to hear it played by such a talented performer.” Ahead, the Brown County Civic Music series will return to its traditional venue at Holter Auditorium, Green Bay West High School, for its next three concerts: vocal ensemble Cantus, Saturday, Nov. 10; the Siberian Virtuosi string ensemble, Friday, March 22; and Vienna-based crossover quartet Janoska, Thursday, April 4. The season finale, Saturday, May 11, returns to the Weidner Center with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, special guest Catherine Lan, and that evening’s musical centerpiece, the Saint-Saens “Piano Concerto No. 2.”

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will present the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Memorial Chapel.

– In Manitowoc, Silver Lake College will host a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” featuring Silver Lake College and Lakeland University choirs at 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13. Info: sl.edu.

– In Fish Creek, Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present “Body and Soul: The Best of Billie Holiday” featuring Mardra Thomas, vocals, and Reggie Thomas, piano, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Info: birchcreek.org.

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will host a guest recital with Amir Eldan, cello, and Misha Namirovsky, piano, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Harper Hall.

– In Ashwaubenon, Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center will host The Kingston Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Info: ashwaubenonpac.org.

– In Appleton, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host Kenny G at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Info: foxcitiespac.com.

– In Sheboygan, Weill Center for the Performing Arts will host “ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Info: weillcenter.com.

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will present the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Memorial Chapel.

– In Fish Creek, Door Community Auditorium will host The Kingston Trio at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Info: dcauditorium.org.

– In Appleton, Lawrence University will present a faculty recital with Anthony Padilla, piano, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Memorial Chapel.

– In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present a concert by its Concert Choir and University Singers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Info: weidnercenter.com. Led by Randall Meder and Sarah Meredith Livingston, respectively, the choirs will sing works ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to folk songs. Local choirs also will perform.

– In Ashwaubenon, Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center will host “Truly Diamond – A Neil Diamond Tribute Show” featuring Paul Evansen and the Blue Diamond Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Info: ashwaubenonpac.org.

– In Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will present the UW Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Music Hall in the Arts Communication Center. Info: uwosh.edu/go/music/calendar-of-events.

– In Appleton, the “Jazz at the Trout” season with the theme “Women Do Jazz” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at The Trout Museum of Art. Featured is singer Janet Planet. Info: troutmuseum.org. An opening performance by a Lawrence University jazz trio starts at 6:30 p.m.

– In Green Bay, Meyer Theatre will host Tracy Lawrence at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Info: meyertheatre.org.


– In Tisch Mills, The Forst Inn Arts Collective will present three blues performances as part of its “Up Close and Personal” series: The Jimmys, Oct. 20; Annie Mack, Nov. 3; and The Bel Aires, Nov. 17. Info: forstinn.com. The Jimmys, a Madison-based band, was put together by keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli. Minneapolis-based Annie Mack has built a reputation for writing meaningful, relate-able and inspirational songs. Living on the road and playing clubs from “Austin to Boston.” The Missouri-based The Bel Airs is fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars.


– In Sheboygan, Sheboygan County Reads!, the non-profit organization which promotes the love of books and reading among local young people, will present the 2018 Sheboygan Children and Teen’s Book Festival Oct. 12-14. Info: sheboyganbookfestival.org. The festival features 17 national and regional authors and illustrators of books for children and teens. Included on the slate are Gordon Korman (“WhatsHisFace,” “Supergifted”), Grace Lin (“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” “Ling & Ting” series), Jon Agee (“It’s Only Stanley,” “The Wall in the Middle of the Book”) and Angela Dominguez (“Stella Diaz Has Something to Say,” “Mango, Abuella, and Me), and Wisconsin authors Baptiste Paul (“The Field”), Lora Hyler (“The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes”), Michael Leannah (“Most People”) and Janet Halfmann (“Midnight Teacher,” “Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School”). The festival is free and offers more than 60 events at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, Bookworm Gardens and Above & Beyond Children’s Museum.

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.

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