Milwaukee Restaurants – Catch 22 MKE http://catch22mke.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:02:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://catch22mke.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/catch-22-mke-icon-150x150.png Milwaukee Restaurants – Catch 22 MKE http://catch22mke.com/ 32 32 Bucks rookie Beauchamp overcomes adversity to reach NBA http://catch22mke.com/bucks-rookie-beauchamp-overcomes-adversity-to-reach-nba/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:02:58 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/bucks-rookie-beauchamp-overcomes-adversity-to-reach-nba/ MILWAUKEE (AP) — There was a period of homelessness growing up. A constant passage from one high school to another. The cancellation of a draft NBA training program due to the pandemic. A year to prove himself with a G League development team.

MarJon Beauchamp’s journey to the NBA was strewn with pitfalls, he wondered if he would even have the opportunity to get here. At one point, after missing the training schedule, Beauchamp faced depression and felt his chances were exhausted.

“There was a time when I didn’t really believe in myself,” Beauchamp told the media on Tuesday. “I had no opportunities and I wanted to be in the league so badly.”


He cried on draft night when the Milwaukee Bucks took him with the 24th overall pick and received welcome text messages from Bucks stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Milwaukee this week, saw his picture on a billboard and met with coaches and team staff that he finally knew. that “it becomes real”.

“I think all the adversity has prepared me for this moment,” Beauchamp said. “The obstacles I had to go through to get here were a little different from everyone. Going through adversity made me who I am today and made me more grateful for my opportunities. I don’t want to lose this opportunity.”

General manager Jon Horst said he was glad Beauchamp stayed on the board when the Bucks’ pick came up.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us when you look at the player and the person…and the things he’s overcome in his life to get to where he is,” Horst said. “We think he’ll be someone who is a perfect fit for us, both basketball-wise and personality-wise and character-wise.”

Beauchamp’s humility impressed Mike Budenholzer, but the Bucks coach stressed Beauchamp will need to earn a roster spot and playing time with a team that won the NBA title in 2021, its first in 50 years.

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Wisconsin Democrats focus attacks on Sen. Ron Johnson in uphill battle – NBC Chicago http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-democrats-focus-attacks-on-sen-ron-johnson-in-uphill-battle-nbc-chicago/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 23:18:43 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-democrats-focus-attacks-on-sen-ron-johnson-in-uphill-battle-nbc-chicago/

Wisconsin Democrats seeking to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson focused their attacks on him on Sunday, not each other, as the eight candidates made their case to party activists at the state convention that was held six weeks before the primary.

Democratic Senate candidates blasted Johnson for his attempt to deliver fake Republican Electoral College ballots to then-Vice President Mike Pence on January 6, 2021, his skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines , his vote for a tax law that benefited him, and his support for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The race in Wisconsin, which Donald Trump won in 2016 but President Joe Biden won in 2020, could determine which party controls the Senate. Polls show a tight Democratic primary between Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Alex Lasry, who is on leave from his executive job for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Barnes pointed to his upbringing in a “hard-working union home” in Milwaukee and compared him to Johnson, who is a millionaire and former plastics company owner.

“It looks like the game is stacked against us,” Barnes said during the convention at La Crosse. “We don’t want a helping hand, we just want a fair shot. And we know we’ll never get that chance as long as Ron Johnson is in the Senate.

Lasry, a millionaire, has touted his union support, his work to build the Fiserv Forum where the Bucks play, and his role in getting the Democratic National Convention to Milwaukee in 2020. He also opposed Johnson and criticized him so as not to fight to persuade. Oshkosh Defense to locate 1,000 jobs in Wisconsin rather than South Carolina.

“He attacked organized labor,” Lasry said. “Spread lies about COVID. I tried to overthrow the government. And he even advocates shipping jobs from Wisconsin to South Carolina.

Other candidates include state treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson, political organizer Steven Olikara, restaurant owner Kou Lee, state emergency management administrator Darrell Williams and attorney Peter Peckarsky.

Godlewski, the only woman in the race, said she would work to pass a law legalizing abortion now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.

“If we had more Democratic women at this US Senate table, we would have done this a long time ago,” Godlewski said.

Nelson, who attempted to run a humorous folksy campaign similar to former Senator Russ Feingold’s first candidacy 30 years ago, had some of the strongest words for Johnson, calling him a “liar, loving of betrayal, woman-hating, Putin’s lackey.

He compared his own candidacy to a “strong Wisconsin beer”, holding a bottle of Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Co. and compared the other Democratic candidates to a bottle of Bud Light.

Olikara, who was campaigning for the first time, highlighted his work leading the Millennial Action Project, which lobbied Congress to enact bipartisan legislation. He said the best ideas in Congress should come from ordinary people, “not from the special interests of the big bucks.”

The candidate was broadly united on the issues, voicing support not for abortion rights but also for gun control, ending Senate filibuster, expanding voter rights and fighting climate change .

The winner of the August 9 primary will advance to face Johnson, who is seeking a third term after promising not to run again. Johnson is also one of Trump’s most vocal supporters and has been endorsed by the former president. He espoused conspiracy theories related to the Jan. 6 uprising and tried to blame what happened on Trump supporters.

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“I just wanted it to taste good”: Milwaukee Baker sells allergen-free cookie and brownie mixes nationwide http://catch22mke.com/i-just-wanted-it-to-taste-good-milwaukee-baker-sells-allergen-free-cookie-and-brownie-mixes-nationwide/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 03:53:33 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/i-just-wanted-it-to-taste-good-milwaukee-baker-sells-allergen-free-cookie-and-brownie-mixes-nationwide/

“I think everyone I’ve cooked for has been special in their own way,” Simmons says. “I remember baking a birthday cake for twins who were about to turn 5 and because of their allergies they had never eaten cake before.” (Photo provided by Nubian Simmons)

By PrincessSafiya Byers

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories about fifteen neighborhoods in the city of Milwaukee. Visit milwaukeenns.org.

Nubian Simmons Baking Mixes consist of cake mixes, flour and frosting. “Pastry is a science,” says Simmons. “Most people think you can just convert the ingredients and get a good substitute, but no.” (Photo provided by Nubian Simmons)

All Nubian Simmons wanted was to have a dessert like everyone else. But her severe wheat and dairy allergy made that nearly impossible.

So she started cooking for herself.

First, it was so she could enjoy the foods she loved. Then it was for the others. Now, her line of baked goods, The Pink Bakery, sells allergen-free cookie and brownie mixes nationwide.

“When we would go out, my siblings and my mom would have brownies, ice cream, and creme brulee, and I would get orange slices,” Simmons said. “Sad little slices of orange. There was nothing on the market to satisfy my palette.

Without experience, she started cooking. It took him five years to perfect his allergen-free desserts.

“I just wanted it to taste good,” she said.

She enlisted her mother and siblings to be her taste testers.

“Someone once said their candy tasted like failure,” said her mother, Janice Simmons. “And they do. For five years, we tasted desserts. I got burned on chocolate.

During his summers in high school, Simmons’ mother sent him to an engineering camp at Marquette University.

“It all comes down to engineering,” she said. “To make a good substitute, you have to understand that sugar destroys structure, but flour supports structure.”

Simmons, 42, lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where she ran a bakery serving allergy products before moving to Milwaukee.

Back in Milwaukee

She was inspired to launch her line when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis asked her to provide baked goods for an event he was hosting.

Simmons wanted The Pink Bakery to launch in Memphis, but life had other plans. She had found a space to build a manufacturing plant, but said things went wrong and then COVID hit. Her mother encouraged her to come home.

“When I left Milwaukee, it wasn’t a good place for black people,” she said. “I have been pleasantly surprised at the love and support I have received since my return.”

She returned to Milwaukee in August 2020 and found her perfect space for a manufacturing facility on the Near West Side.

And she continues to remember the people she serves.

“I think everyone I’ve cooked for has been special in their own way,” Simmons said. “I remember baking a birthday cake for twins who were about to turn 5 and because of their allergies they had never eaten cake before.”

She recalled a time when a restaurant accidentally put a regular noodle in their food and she lost her hearing for a month.

“It was the chef’s first day and an honest mistake,” she said. “But something so small did a lot of damage.”

Janice Simmons said it’s important to listen to your children.

“Before we even knew about her dairy allergy, she was turning away from it and removing the cheese from her pizza,” she said. “Children know when something is wrong with their body even if they don’t know how to say it. You must listen.

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Lou Malnati will open a location in Oak Creek this summer http://catch22mke.com/lou-malnati-will-open-a-location-in-oak-creek-this-summer/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:57:30 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/lou-malnati-will-open-a-location-in-oak-creek-this-summer/
Lou Malnati’s deep pizza. Courtesy of Lou Malnati.

Pizzeria by Lou Malnati plans to open its fifth location in the Milwaukee area in the past three years.

The Chicago-based deep-dish pizza chain announced plans Thursday for a new carrier and delivery store, which will open mid-summer at 8171 S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek, just southeast of Drexel Town Square.

The 1,700 square foot “hub” will only offer delivery, curbside pickup and delivery service, no catering. Lou Malnati has similar concepts in Fox Point, green field and Waukesha. He owns a full-service restaurant in Brookfield.

The company entered the local market in 2019 with plans to open four to five take-out delivery stores and two to three full-service restaurants over three to five years, owner Marc Malnati Told BizTimes Milwaukee in an October 2019 interview.

Lou Malnati’s is looking to fill approximately 50 positions at the Oak Creek location, including telephone staff, delivery drivers and kitchen crew. The company will host a hiring event on Tuesday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Milwaukee, located at 7980 S. Market St. in Oak Creek.

There will be scheduled interviews due to limited space for the event. In addition, free personal pizza coupons will be given to anyone who responds to an interview. Qualified candidates can apply via Indeed, Snagajob or via Lou Malnati websiteaccording to a press release Thursday.

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This story is part of our summer guide to the June issue of Milwaukee Magazine. To read our complete guide to summer fun, order your copy today!


1. Legacy MKE

A drop of fresh burrata cheese sits on an heirloom tomato and arugula salad with basil pesto, honey, truffle oil and toasted pine nuts. This beauty is what I see when I open my takeout container and it seems somewhat incongruous. Owners Pete (a former Supper Club executive chef) and Jess Ignatiev were originally supposed to open a restaurant, but then, well, COVID. They’ve taken their passion for seasonal farm-to-kitchen cooking inside this bright yellow truck, adding dazzling touches to simpler dishes like burgers, fish fries (cod) and cheese in fried grains. “We also like to do fun specials during the week,” says Jess, who says their own garden is inspirational.

WHERE: From Tosa Draft & Vessel bars and The Fermentorium to Milwaukee Makers Markets.

Burrata from Heirloom MKE; Photo by Chris Kessler
Bahn Mi by Heirloom MKE; Photo by Chris Kessler

2. Vocado MKE

A trailer dedicated to this pop culture anthem, a toast to the avocado: how has someone not already done this here? Owner Evan Nevels grilled and crowned his first tribute to the trend last year – with a menu of 10 creations, from sweet to savory. Push me for a favorite and I’ll say Le Prosciutto, with very fine cured ham, honey, parmesan and fresh coriander.

WHERE: Brookfield and Greenfield Farmers Markets and many other events.

3. Taste Amir’s roti

This 2-year-old bright green truck specializes in halal Malaysian cuisine, which means the food has been prepared in accordance with Islamic law. Co-owner Amir Ahmad Mohamed Ali is a Rohingya refugee from Burma who spent part of his life in Malaysia earning a living as a cook. He and his wife, Majedah Yusuf, make some truly delicious dishes, many of which incorporate roti, a wheat flour flatbread, and dosa, a pancake-like pancake. The breads come with sweet or savory fillings. Try the murtabak, a large crepe stuffed with chicken or beef, cut into squares and served with a tongue-tingling curry-based sauce; and the Spicy Fried Noodles, crispy cucumber slices fanned on top.

WHERE: Wilson Park (1601 W. Howard Ave) | 414-595-8994

Taste Amir’s Roti; Photo by Jarvis Lawson

4. Don Pasteur

Many Mexican food trucks are in the simple business of portable classics, by which I mean street tacos – double corn tortillas wrapped around a filling of meat sprinkled with raw onion and fresh cilantro, salsa and fresh lime. And many do them well. Don Pastor makes them great, but that’s not my favorite thing to eat at this Riverwest-based truck. No, I go for the tortas stuffed with meat, queso, refried beans, lettuce and tomato, avocado and sour cream. And I seriously dig their creamy, cheesy elotes — Mexican street corn slathered in mayonnaise, a rich, flavorful treat.

WHERE: East Center and West Pierce streets.

5. Pete’s Pops

From a single cart to three permanent locations, community-focused Pete’s has delivered on its promise to spread positivity through frozen treats. He — aka founder Pete Cooney — also makes super-fine soft drinks, in summery flavors like salted watermelon and pineapple jalapeno. (Avocado was one of his first flavors and still among his best.)

WHERE: Carts are also on the move regularly, at 68th and north in Tosa and Brady and Prospect, among other spots.

Pete’s Pops Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles; Photo by Brianna Schubert

6. Maya Ophelia

This nifty little culinary company fuses plant-based Asian and Latin American cuisines. As well as Thursday nights at Burnhearts Bar (4pm-10pm), they do a regular gig at the Cactus Club on Sundays, with brunch (11am-3pm) – fun stuff too, including “beefy mami” – ramen vegan, Filipino-style congee (salted rice porridge) with a “faux” egg, peppery brown sauce cookies, Mexican concha cookies, and double chocolate donuts.

WHERE: Follow Maya’s whereabouts on Facebook.







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Safe & Sound’s new executive director seeks to empower residents to solve problems http://catch22mke.com/safe-sounds-new-executive-director-seeks-to-empower-residents-to-solve-problems/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 06:04:10 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/safe-sounds-new-executive-director-seeks-to-empower-residents-to-solve-problems/

Bridget Whitaker, 43, was named executive director of Safe & Sound in April. “I want to amplify the voices of residents, especially young people, to address what they think is important and that’s how we can make a difference,” she says. (Photo courtesy of Safe & Sound)

By Edgar Mendez

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories about fifteen neighborhoods in the city of Milwaukee. Visitmilwaukeenns.org.   

Safety is different for different people, says Bridget Whitaker, new executive director of Safe & Sound.

“For some it’s knowing your kids can cross the street and play in the park, and for others the problem is a nuisance house throwing after-hours parties,” she said. declared.

Whitaker, who served as program director and senior director of operations and administration at safe and sound before being named executive director in April, says the way to solve these problems and others like reckless driving is to work together.

“Creating collective impact is the basis for us to turn the corner on what we see,” she said.

Whitaker, 43, took over as head of Safe & Sound after Joe’Mar Hooper, who became executive director in 2020, stepped down this year to take on a new role in Arizona. Prior to Hooper, Safe & Sound was run for six years by Katie Sanders.

The nonprofit serves 10 different priority areas across the city, engaging residents, businesses, community organizations and law enforcement to address safety issues in these neighborhoods. The organization organizes events such as neighborhood clean-ups, crime and safety meetings that include law enforcement, youth advocacy and convening the West 27th Street Drug Free Coalition.

According to the Safe & Sound annual report for 2020, the latest available, the organization’s representatives spent 5,397 hours connecting directly with residents in 2020, engaged more than 3,000 young people and reduced more than 1,100 incidents. harmful.

Despite the group’s efforts and those of many others in the city, crime, including shootings and murders, has increased in recent years. Whitaker says she realizes she faces a big task to help make the city safer.

“It’s not an easy task,” she said. “I want to amplify the voices of residents, especially young people, to address what they feel is important and that’s how we can make a difference.”

A lifelong Milwaukee native, Whitaker was raised by her mother and became a teenage mother. Despite the challenges of starting motherhood at an early age, she said she wasn’t going to let her life circumstances dictate her opportunities.

She graduated from Marquette University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, then earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School, and a Certificate of nonprofit management of Alverno College.

Prior to joining Safe & Sound, she held the position of Human Resources Manager for St. Charles Youth and Family Servicesand she was the president of the social action of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Milwaukee Chapter. Whitaker is the author of three books, including “A Sunday Kind of Love” and, most recently, “I hope this blesses someone.” She is also co-founder of BlankSpaceMKE, the collaborative artist behind Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week.

Swan-Zawadi Symphony, co-founder of BlankSpaceMKE, said Whitaker’s extensive human resources experience will stand him in good stead in his new role.

“She understands the human side and the business side, and she’s able to build bridges between them, and I think that’s important,” she said.

Swan-Zawadi is Executive Director of Arts @ Large, an organization that works for equitable access to education including the arts. She said Whitaker’s dedication to the city and its people is an added bonus.

“She loves this city and is great at being able to pour out on people so they feel seen, validated and respected,” she said.

Sodi Nichols, vice president of national strategic markets for US Bank and chairman of the board of Safe & Sound, agrees.

“She has always stood up for the community and helped raise her voice and bridge the gap between police and community through events that bring people together,” Nichols said. “She now has the space to go even further with her vision.”

Whitaker says one of Safe & Sound’s main goals is to improve relationships between old and young people. She said young people are being unfairly blamed for many of the city’s problems when they are actually a vital part of the solution.

“We need to make space to hear what they need to feel safe,” she said. “We need to talk to each other and not to each other and have conversations about what works and what doesn’t.”

She also wants to help foster an environment where youth and law enforcement trust and work with each other.

“It’s a two-way street, and it starts with seeing each other as people,” she said. “Things don’t change overnight, but when we work together, we all benefit.”

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Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee http://catch22mke.com/peggy-williams-smith-president-and-ceo-of-visit-milwaukee/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:23:22 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/peggy-williams-smith-president-and-ceo-of-visit-milwaukee/

A live performance, stroll through an art gallery, listen to a children’s choir, see a band at one of our local venues or festivals, catch a Broadway show; these are all ways that engage our minds and souls. The arts are part of the fabric of our lives. They move us, inspire us and tell stories that might otherwise not be told. I work with an incredible team at VISIT Milwaukee to tell the Milwaukee story. The arts help us tell this story.

Where possible, we incorporate the arts into our own event programming. That includes Milwaukee-born artists Grace Weber and Mudy, and their infectious song “414” which pays homage to the city we all love. We’re thrilled to have them performing this song at our annual reunion (open to the public), June 29 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

Through our marketing assets and media efforts, we strive to remind locals that there is so much to explore in their own backyard, especially in the arts community. At VISIT Milwaukee, we understand that a thriving arts scene—one in which artists can earn a living through their calling—is essential to Milwaukee’s prosperity. To that end, we have a huge push for UPAF fundraising every year, and we are currently looking at projects that engage the visual arts community.

An investment in the arts is an investment in our community. I am fortunate that at VISIT Milwaukee we can be a strong supporter of the important role the arts play in the success of Milwaukees.


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McDonald’s successor opens in Moscow http://catch22mke.com/mcdonalds-successor-opens-in-moscow/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 11:15:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/mcdonalds-successor-opens-in-moscow/

MOSCOW (AP) — Three months after McDonald’s operations in Russia were suspended, hundreds of people flocked to its famous former outlet in Moscow’s Pushkin Square when the restaurant reopened under Russian ownership and a new name on Sunday. .

In March, McDonald’s halted operations at its company-run restaurants in Russia. Although some run by franchisees remained open, the action of the multinational fast-food chain was one of the most visible responses by foreign companies to the dispatch of Russian troops to Ukraine.

Two months later, McDonald’s decided to leave Russia altogether and sold its 850 restaurants to Alexander Govor, who held licenses for 25 franchises in Siberia.

Govor is moving quickly to reopen closed outlets. It was only a few hours before the opening of the restaurant in Pushkin Square that the new name of the Russian chain was announced: Vkusno-i Tochka (savory period).

The logo is different, but still alludes to the golden arcs: a circle and two yellow oblongs—representing a beef patty and fries—configured into a stylized M.

Fifteen of the old McDonald’s were to reopen on Sunday in Moscow. Oleg Paroev, the chain’s general manager, said he aims to open 200 by the end of the month.

As part of the sale agreement, the monetary terms of which were not announced, the new operation agreed to retain the 62,000 people McDonald’s employed before its exit.

The crowd at the Pushkin Square outlet, large and bustling as it was, was no match for the turnout for the opening of McDonald’s in 1990, when people lined up for hours. At that time, McDonald’s had a psychological and political resonance beyond hamburgers.

The opening was the first glimpse most Muscovites had of Western consumerism and service efficiency, as well as a sign that the Soviet Union was slowly letting its guard down and allowing foreign culture to enter the country. .

On Sunday, that earlier symbolism echoed Sunday’s reopening with a note of nostalgia.

“It’s a historic place – the flagship of McDonald’s,” Govor told reporters. “I’m sure it will be the flagship product for us.”

Inside, the restaurant looked like a brotherly twin of itself. There were touch screens for placing orders and counter workers wearing familiar polo uniforms.

“We are sure that our customers won’t notice any difference between us,” Paroev said. However, he said, the company will look for a new supplier of soft drinks as it has limited stocks of Coca-Cola.

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Review: Hercule Poirot unravels Milwaukee rep’s Orient Express murder scheme http://catch22mke.com/review-hercule-poirot-unravels-milwaukee-reps-orient-express-murder-scheme/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/review-hercule-poirot-unravels-milwaukee-reps-orient-express-murder-scheme/

Agatha Christie mystery fans will want to board the Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of Murder on the Orient Express, which opened last weekend in the largest of three stages at the Rep. Orient-Express closes the theater’s 2021-22 season.

The play begins on a dark stage. Writer Agatha Christie’s most famous detective, Belgian-born Hercule Poirot, steps into the limelight to address the audience. In a dark and measured way, he tells the audience what to expect. It promises an evening filled with suspicion, cunning, romance and revenge.

What Poirot fails to reveal is that Murder on the Orient Express was originally intended to be part of the Milwaukee Rep’s 2020 season. Temporarily “derailed” by the pandemic, Orient-Express had a very long wait before leaving the station.

Almost like magic, the dark opening scene transforms into a luxury hotel in exotic Istanbul, circa 1934. Dressed in his trademark derby, portly Poirot (played by Steven Rattazzi) enters the dining room. Poirot is spotted at a table by an old friend, Monsieur Bout (played by Chicago actor Gregory Linington). Bout plans to take the same route. As one of the railway company’s executives, Bout promises a journey that will be “poetry on wheels”.

Park Krausen, Diana Coates, Steven Rattazzi, Barbara Robertson and Jonathan Wainwright. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Of course, with the witty Agatha Christie as chief engineer, there’s bound to be foul play before the train reaches its final destination. Over the years, East Express, one of Christie’s most famous novels, has had several film versions and even made-for-TV movies. It was up to the famous playwright Ken Ludwig to bring his version of Orient-Express at the scene. Ludwig, perhaps best known for the Tony Award-winning comedy, Lend me a tenor, had many successes on both sides of the Atlantic. His popular stage version of Orient-Express opened in 2017 and has been rolling around ever since.

Perhaps to the dismay of some Agatha Christie purists, Ludwig eliminates certain characters from the novel, while increasing the comedy. Of course, murder itself is no laughing matter. But the laughs flow well into the dialogue, and they bring a lightness to this otherwise serious undertaking.

Train passengers come from all over the world

Under the able direction of Annika Boras, this Orient-Express drive at the right speed. It takes a while before the audience gets to know the characters (and their alibis, once the murder is uncovered). This particular journey attracts various passengers from all over the world. A cacophony of overtones nearly overwhelms the dialogue, though the excellent cast does an incredible job of making every word understandable. The passenger list includes: Mary Denbenham, a young English girl in love with a Scottish colonel; Helen Hubbard, an American loudmouth from Minnesota; Countess Andrenyi, a Hungarian aristocrat who is escorted by her paid assistant – a low-key, low-key Swede named Greta. There is also Samuel Ratchett, a New York businessman with a dark past, and his secretary, Hector McQueen. Michel, the final chef de train, ensures that everyone is comfortable on board the train.

Many of the show’s cast members will be familiar to Chicago audiences, as they are frequently seen in various productions in the city. Emjoy Gavino, who grew up in Milwaukee and Chicago, plays Mary, the Englishwoman. Park Krausen plays the Swedish Greta and Will Mobley appears as Hector, the secretary. Minnesota loudmouth Helen is played by Gail Rastorfer, and bandleader Michel is played by Adam Rose. Finally, the Hungarian Countess Andrenyi is played by Diana Coates.

Each character is lavishly dressed in period attire by Chicago costume designer Mieka van der Ploeg, and scenes are warmly lit in a nostalgic glow by Noele Stollmack. Sound designer Andre J. Pluess sets the mood with eerie train whistles, rumbling train engines and, occasionally, the sound of squealing brakes. The accompanying music before and after the show also allows the audience to escape to the 1930s.

Steven Rattazzi. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

While all the characters get plenty of time to shine, it’s the production’s monstrous setting that gets a lot of attention. Milwaukee Rep is the only company with enough resources to install a double gun in its main theater. Luciana Stecconi’s set rotates fully to display a lavishly appointed dining car on one side, and a cutaway of multiple berths (and the hallway) on the other. A revolution also displays the luxurious exterior of the train.

Sometimes the twin spins in tandem, giving a cinematic effect that those who have seen the musical hamilton will recognize. Boras, as a director, uses this effect to the fullest, whether a scene only requires a romantic couple or the entire contingent on the train.

As for the plot itself, Orient-Express leaves a handful of clues that only the most skilled listeners (and observers) will grasp. The highly stylized acting doesn’t make the audience care whether this character or character is involved in the murder. The cast creates memorable, even engaging characters. A catfight between aristocrats (Princess Dragomiroff and Countess Andrenyi) is cleverly staged, as are interrupted love scenes between Colonel Arbuthnot (Milwaukee’s Jonathan Wainwright) and Mary (Emjoy Gavino). While each character displays their weird quirks, the weirdest character is definitely Park Krausen as the wise, religious, and often scared Greta.

Choreographed set changes

Some of the play’s early set changes are so dazzling that they’re also worth mentioning. They are as well timed as a Swiss watch. Machinists, disguised as waiters, seem to come out of nowhere. They carry wooden chairs or bistro-sized tables around the set in seemingly chaotic glee. (One wrong move and a waiter might end up limping out.) Taken together, the moves convey a ballet quality, so every prop seems to arrive (or disappear) in the blink of an eye. The piece’s choreographer, Jacqueline Burnett, is a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Back on the train, the murder case is finally solved (by Hercule Poirot). But, in an interesting twist, Poirot is then faced with a dilemma that challenges his values ​​between good and evil. It’s interesting to watch Poirot weigh his options, and Rattazzi brilliantly turns this puzzle around in his mind.

Finally, Poirot returns to an almost empty stage to tell how the stories of the various characters ended. It’s the fitting end to a production that’s both polished and entertaining from start to finish.

Murder on the Orient Express continues at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Quadracci Powerhouse through July 1. The duration is 2 hours and 10 minutes, with an intermission. The theater is located at 108 E. Wells St. For more information, visit milwaukeerep.com or call 414-224-9490. Wearing a mask inside is strongly recommended.

Anne Siegel is a Milwaukee-based writer and theater critic who has been a member of the American Theater Critics Association for over 30 years. She served on the organization’s executive committee and held a number of committee chairs. Anne covers a wide range of Milwaukee theater for the city’s alternative newspaper. His work also appears on several theater-related websites.

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MILWAUKEE — Sandwich God owner Michael Smith is worried about his staff coming and going from work at his restaurant in Teutonia and Vienna.

“If you all had to sit there for a second [and watch], everybody uses that fire,” Smith said. “It is so poorly signposted. Doesn’t tell you where to start, where to go.”

Since opening at the intersection eight months ago, he’s had to worry about traffic lights for cars, the baseline – crossing in bike and parking lanes – and a series of d high-speed accident.

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He was grabbing a cheesesteak sandwich from the order window on Monday when a Jeep collided with another car and flipped onto its roof, sliding about 15 yards from Sandwich God.

Police say a 19-year-old suspect stole the Jeep before it rolled over. He was arrested shortly after the accident.

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Atkinson and the Capitol

Earlier this year, a driver sped through the intersection and rammed a car into his neighbor’s porch, totally destroying it.

Last October, on its first day on the job, another car slammed into a utility pole near the site of Monday’s crash.

He blames the regular crashes — sort of crashing at least every other week, he said — on poor road design and speeding.

Since launching in early 2021, the Milwaukee Police Traffic Safety Unit has issued nearly 24,721 citations. More than half of them were for speeding.

“Slow down. You’re all messing up people’s business,” Smith said. “We have to send people home early today.”

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