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City theaters helped launch careers
By Staff Writer   - 04/11/2009

Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel

Local theater-goers have known for ages that Milwaukee is a vibrant theater town. Now they have visual proof, in the form of "Milwaukee's Live Theater" (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), a pictorial overview that spans turn of the 20th century German stock companies to today's Insurgent and Alchemist theaters.

Jonathan West (www.artsyschmartsy.com), who has acted, directed, produced or blogged with or about many local companies, chose the images and wrote the text.

The stature of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Skylight Opera Theatre are reflected in generous selections of publicity photos and occasional candid shots. In a segment called "Learning the Craft," West gives face time to Father John Walsh of Marquette University and Robert Pitman of Alverno College. Both are still remembered for the passion and skill they brought to teaching theater.

From the departed Melody Top and Theatre X to the still thriving Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and First Stage Children's Theater, many groups past and present get at least one close-up.

Arcadia (www.arcadiapublishing.com) is a publisher of local history books.

"Milwaukee's Live Theater" is on sale at local bookstores and online book dealers.




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