Bill Hirschman: The post-Chicago odyssey to Milwaukee was a stunning surprise for those of us who had never been there and might even have been dismissive. Anne Siegel gave us a whirlwind tour of a fraction of the city’s theatrical community that was impressive to say the least. Yes, the visit occurred when much of the actual production activity was literally out of town, but the visions that the artistic directors shared with us and the extensive tours we were given whetted our imaginations. In particular, the co-op paradigm of the Broadway Center – like Theater Wit in Chicago — is an intriguing model for economic survival for medium and small companies.
The Milwaukee Rep operation is what really qualified for the adjectives stunning and surprising.