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Neil Haven is in the Pink

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He’s killed Santa. He’s been stuck in an elevator. He’s played dating games— full contact style. Now Neil Haven, Milwaukee’s playwright king of comedy irreverence is taking it easy. He’s kicking back and inviting you to share in a sip of champagne—

Pink Champagne, that is, Haven’s new stage opus.

The cork of Pink Champagne will pop and have its professional premiere this Friday, May 20th at the Tenth Street Theatre. From the looks of things this is going to be anything but a light, comfortable theatre siesta.

Presented in artistic collaboration by Milwaukee Gay Arts Center and Uprooted Theatre, Pink Champagne has the goods to be Haven’s most dramatically dense production to date.

The story involves a father and his conservative son who become estranged when the father divorces after announcing his homosexuality. Years later, the father’s recently outed grandson comes to live with him and his husband, igniting an impromptu family reunion.

The sheer volume of bubbling conflicts and potential for eruption is staggering, and with conflict comes the opportunity for tragedy and humor. When it comes to Haven plays you can most assuredly expect oodles of the latter and, I predict, a story that brings a satisfying, if perhaps messy, conclusion to character reconciliation. Expect buoyant surfacing of issues concerning homosexuality and different views on the subject in current day America.

If a theatrical work from a playwright of proved quality isn’t enough reason to see the show, there are the thespian kings and queens that will bring it to life. Boasting the zenith acting talents of Marti Gobel, T. Stacey Hicks, John Kishline, John Maclay and Ari Shapiro, Pink Champagne runs May 19th (Preview) to June 5th. Thurs/Fri @ 7:30 PM, Sat @ 8:00 PM, Sun @ 2:00 PM. All performances are at the Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th Street. $15. Tickets are available online at http://milwaukeegayartscenter.org/MGAC/Theatre.html Uprooted Theatre Artistic Director Dennis F. Johnson directs.

An appropriate reception of pink champagne hosted by PFLAG follows the opening night performance on May 20th. Talkbacks are scheduled after the May 26th and June 2nd performance and a panel discussion will follow the Sunday matinee on May 29th.

For more information on Uprooted Theatre or Milwaukee Gay Arts Center visit: www.uprootedmke.com or http://milwaukeegayartscenter.org/MGAC/Home.html

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