SOUTH MILWAUKEE - South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center will present a one-man comedy variety show that has traveled the globe.

"Post Comedy Theatre," set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, is the creation of Robert Post, who performs meticulously crafted sketches that fill the stage with bumblers, dreamers and cartoonish heroes of every stripe. With comic grace, he draws you into small dramas that capture universal human dilemmas.

The sketches that make up Post’s one-man variety show have captivated audiences across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Europe, according to SMPAC. He has appeared on the "Today" show, and he was invited to perform for children in Beslan, Russia, at the school that had been devastated by a terrorist attack in 2004. A PBS special on his work, “Robert Post – in Performance,” won an Emmy.

About Robert Post

"Post Comedy Theatre" owes its beginnings to the likes of Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters, three of Post’s inspirations. Over the course of his 40-year career, Post has perfected more than 30 works.

One of Robert Post’s childhood report cards in Columbus, Ohio, gave a hint as to how his future might unfold. Not amused by Post's antics, his teacher created a whole new column of categories describing maladaptive behavior. Happily for audiences around the world, Post stuck with antics.

Later, he discovered the joys of the stage at Ohio State University, where he studied theater and dance before hitting the road with a touring mime and improv troupe. Post said the experience of traveling up and down the East Coast in an old milk truck that served as a tour bus, performing everywhere and anywhere, and passing the hat for payment, not only stretched his talents but also developed his knack for playful give-and-take with audiences.

He said he crafted his signature style during intensive workshops with Tony Montanaro, the legendary performer and teacher who ran Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Post credits Montanaro for "flipping the switch," helping him see how he could combine his love of character work, movement arts and improvisation.

And so the antics spun o. The list of grants and other awards that he has received is now much longer than his teacher’s listing of maladaptive behaviors. Post juggles – literally (he can keep the balls in the air) and figuratively, balancing his performance schedule with educational programs in schools, master classes, workshops, and stints as a director. He has directed for opera and ballet companies as well as for schools and universities. He has also served as a visionary coach and mentor for individual performers, much as Tony Montanaro helped him find his

Local performance

The show takes place on SMPAC, 901 15th Ave.

Ticket prices for the SMPAC performance are $20-35 for adults, $15 to 30 seniors, and $10 to 20 for students. For tickets, visit www.southmilwaukeepac.org or call 414-766-5049.

SMPAC provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts.  In addition to hosting an annual Performing Arts Series, SMPAC also serves the students of South Milwaukee and is a professionally-managed rental facility for other presenters, organizations and groups. More than 500 performances, rehearsals, classes and other events take place at SMPAC each year.

Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door No. 9. For more information, visit southmilwaukeepac.org.

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