Two Shows Extended
Over Our Head and Pink Banana Announce Extended Runs
Alchemist Theatreâ€™s success with H.H. Holmes last month was, evidently, no anomaly. The showâ€™s success prompted plans for an even bigger Halloween show next year: Faustâ€”An Evening at the Mephisto Theatre
Smaller companiesâ€™ success continues into this month, as both Pink Banana Theatre and Over Our Head Players have announced extended runs of sold-out shows.
Pink BananaÂ has sold out its original run of Stephen Belberâ€™s Tapeâ€”an environmental staging of a hotel-based drama at the Best Western on 3rd and Wisconsin. The intimate ninth floor hotel room atmosphere doesnâ€™t allow for very many audience members. As such, the original run sold-out promptly. Pink Banana has announced that tickets are still available for two new performances that have been addedâ€”7pm Sunday performances on the 14th and the 21st. The show closes on the full moon before Thanksgiving . . . a brief drama with no intermission, the open performances run roughly from 7pm â€“ 8:30 on the evenings in question. Itâ€™s a really well-executed drama in a very unique atmosphere.
Racineâ€™s Over Our Head PlayersÂ has also reported strong ticket sales and sold-out performances of its Escanaba In Da Moonlight. The popular north woods comedy by acclaimed playwright and film actor Jeff Daniels has a built-in local popularity that should see productions of it continuing to be produced well into the foreseeable future. Over Our Headâ€™s November 12th-28th run of the comedy has added a Wednesday night performance November 24th at 7pm
Three sold-out shows in two months in greater Milwaukee is kind of reassuring for locally-based theatre. There are likely to be a couple of sold-out shows next month. Jonathan Westâ€™s studio theatre production of David Sedarisâ€™ Santaland Diaries at the Sunset Playhouse is a likely candidate for sold-out performances given the nature of how funding was raised for the performance and the popularity of the contemporary holiday classic. Patrick Schmitzâ€™s annual Rudolph The Pissed-Off Reindeer is also likely to do well again this year. Itâ€™d be nice to see solid sales for this yearâ€™s In Tandem show as well. Scrooge in Rouge was remarkably fun last year. With any luck, a second annual production of the Christmas Carol parody will do solid business as well . . . Â