Category: Theater

Door County is renowned nationwide for it’s array of local, independent theater in settings unlike any other. There’s the historic Peninsula Players on the water, Northern Sky Theatre in the woods of Peninsula State Park, and Door Shakespeare in the gardens of Bjorklunden. Plus great performances to be found in venues large and small up and down the Peninsula. Find them all here.

  • Peninsula Players Opens Romance in D

    Love Is in the Air Peninsula Players has opened a romantic comedy that’s the second and final show of its 2021 season: James Sherman’s Romance in D. In it, musicologist Charles (Neil Brookshire) insulates himself from romantic entanglements by remaining occupied with work, casual friendships and food visits from his mother, Helen (Judy Blue), the […]

  • ‘Dad’s Season Ticket’s Makes MKE Debut

    This fall, Dad’s Season Tickets makes its Milwaukee debut and Northern Sky patrons can save 25% on tickets by using code PRESEASON when purchasing tickets. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field? The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook, on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the […]

  • TAP’s Makeover Nearly Complete

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will be the last theater in the county to debut their 2021 season when they open Gutenberg! The Musical! on October 7, and for good reason. TAP’s theater has been undergoing a top-to-bottom-overhaul this summer and will look quite different when audiences take their seats in the fall.  The new theater […]

  • Jarrod Langwinski Steps Up in One-Actor Production Of Hamlet

    The Show Must Go On Who hasn’t seen one of those old movies in which a Broadway star suddenly falls ill during the run of a show, and his young understudy goes on with a moment’s notice and earns rave reviews? Folks, it can happen. And it did happen in the Björklunden garden this summer, […]

  • Northern Sky Premieres Mystery Musical

    Northern Sky Theater will present Whatever Happened to Karl Janko?, a world-premiere mystery musical by Matt Zembrowski, from Aug. 9 to Sept. 18 at the Northern Sky amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. The play tells the story of Karl Janko, who – last seen in his 1976 metallic-green Cutlass Supreme – disappeared from his tiny Wisconsin hometown […]

  • TAP Opens Renovated Theater with Gutenberg! The Musical!

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will present Gutenberg! The Musical! in its newly renovated Kane Theatre Oct. 7-31, with a pay-what-you-can preview performance Oct. 6, 7:30 pm.  In this two-person musical spoof, aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing-press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Robert Boles directs Doug Mancheski […]

  • Northern Sky Theater’s Not Even Remotely Ushers in Live Performances

    It’s (A)Live! When I first saw Not Even Remotely back in June, I was seated on my couch in front of my computer. The show, which was performed live via YouTube, was a distinctly remote production.  The play is about a lavish musical production of Frankenstein that’s cut short, presumably (though never stated) by COVID-19, […]

  • Tongue ’n Cheek Fills Peninsula State Park with Music

    I spent most of my high school years – and a handful of my early-adult years – involved with a local community theater, both on the stage and behind the scenes. So my initial reaction to seeing and writing about Northern Sky Theater’s production of Tongue ’n Cheek was an enthusiastic “yes!” But, after doing […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents Talley’s Folly

    Will They? Won’t They? Peninsula Players Theatre’s production of Talley’s Folly by Lanford Willson has been a long time coming. The director, David New, first pitched the play to the Players’ artistic director, Greg Vinkler, 15 years ago in the theater’s beer garden. Now, as the theater reopens for live performances, the time is just […]

  • Rogue Theater Mounts A Bad Year For Tomatoes

    Rogue Theater is running its next comedy show, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick and directed by Stuart Champeau. In it, famous actress Myra Marlowe escapes her Hollywood career by renting a New England cottage for a year to write her autobiography and escape the show-biz craziness. She successfully rejects her agent’s […]

  • Three Shows Open at Northern Sky

    Thirty years ago, Northern Sky Theater premiered Tongue ’n Cheek, its first book musical. This summer, the theater is remounting the show at its Peninsula State Park stage, with three performers from the original production joining new actors. Northern Sky’s new show, Not Even Remotely, has also opened at its new Gould indoor theater and […]

  • Learn the History of Northern Sky Theater

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation welcomes Holly Feldman, Northern Sky Theater’s director of development and public relations, as its next History Speaks program presenter July 28, 7:30-8:30 pm. She’ll share an insider’s look at Northern Sky: how it began and how it has thrived for the past 50 years.  Northern Sky Theater shares American culture through […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents an Intimate Season with No Compromises

    Andrew Kleidon recently sat down with Greg Vinkler, Peninsula Players Theatre’s artistic director, on the Door County Pulse Podcast to talk about projects the Players embarked on in 2020, why in-person seasons look different at professional theaters this year, and what people can expect from Peninsula Players’ 2021 season. Andrew Kleidon (AK): What projects were […]

  • Talley’s Folly Opens July 20 at Peninsula Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre will open its 86th season July 20 with Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson.  The play highlights one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, portrayed by Sean and Linda Fortunato, who are Peninsula Players veteran actors and real-life husband and wife. This Pulitzer Prize-winning “midsummer valentine” is about finding love when […]

  • Northern Sky Presents Shows at Gould, Peninsula State Park

    Beginning July 12, Northern Sky Theater will present Not Even Remotely at its Gould Theater and Tongue ’n Cheek at the Northern Sky amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Both shows will run Monday – Saturday, 7:30 pm, through Aug. 7. Not Even Remotely is a madcap romp about two actors who’ve been planning a lavish, in-person […]

  • Marquee Lighting Symbolizes TAP’s Renovation Success

    At Sturgeon Bay’s first Under the Stars night market of 2021, Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP, transitioning from Third Avenue Playhouse) lit up the market with the brightest star of the evening: The historical marquee has been restored with 140 light bulbs, and it shone again on Saturday night, symbolizing the fundraising success for TAP’s renovation […]

  • Summit Players Theatre Brings Shakespeare to Peninsula State Park

    Shakespeare has a lot to offer both audiences and theater troupes alike. The stories are epic and compelling, the characters interesting, and the dense text full of beautiful prose that’s rife with possibilities for unique interpretations. Shakespeare’s plays are also free to use, which makes the barrier for entry very low, even for new theater […]

  • Rogue Brings Back A Bad Year For Tomatoes

    Rogue Theater is bringing back A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick and directed by Stuart Champeau, and the original cast has returned to perform this hilarious comedy. Famous actress Myra Marlowe leaves her Hollywood career and rents a New England cottage to escape the show-biz craziness and write her autobiography. In trying […]

  • TAP Receives Grant, Plans to Light Up the Marquee

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP, has received a second grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Capacity Building Initiative of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to support the strategic-planning work that TAP’s board and staff started last year. During the past two years, TAP has experienced tremendous growth in the size of its […]

  • Door Shakespeare Captures the Essence of Hamlet

    Back to Basics Of all of Shakespeare’s classics, the characters of Hamlet are the ones that stand out in my mind. Each of the dozen-plus characters is distinct and memorable, their names sticking in my memory far better than the casts of Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer and others. Going into Door Shakespeare’s one-actor production of […]