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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Off the Wall’s small stage drama

 Earlier this season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Acacia Theatre looked at the Holocaust with the Rep's The Diary of Anne Frank, followed by Acacia's Irena's Vow. Both involved the terror of the concentration camps
07.30.2012 | | Posted at 11:28 PM

Acacia Theatre looks to cast for a historical drama about a truly remarkable woman

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Irena Gut is one of those historical figures who suffered from a life shaped by circumstance. She and her life were defined by complicated events in Europe . . . Poland was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939. a 21-year-old Polish Catholic nurse was captured by the Soviet Army. After escaping, she ends up in the hands of the Germans and used as slave labor. She became a housekee...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Modern productions of Shakespeare sometimes switch things up with respect to gender. The late Milwaukee Shakespeare created a memorable production of The Taming of the Shrew in which men played all of the roles. This summer...
04.21.2012 | | Posted at 10:02 PM

Acacia looking to fill out cast for summer musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Acacia Theatre will be holding auditions for its production of Anne of Green Gables. The musical adaptation is being directed by Danette Buikema with musical direction by Jenee O'Connor. The Nancy Ford/Gretchen Cryer musical makes its way to the stage of Concordia University courtesy of the Acacia production, which runs July 13th -22nd.    Earlier auditions already found the production some...
03.07.2012 | | Posted at 03:27 PM

Acacia Theatre stages Babbette’s Feast

By Russ Bickerstaff
A French refugee is taken in by a pair of elderly sisters. She wants to show her thanks for them by cooking them a huge feast in honor of the 100th anniversary of their late father. It’s a really nice gesture and everything, but there’s a catch. The sisters in question have an austere lifestyle. They can’t partake in lavish feasts. Food is for nourishment only. It’s a basic cultural misu...
01.04.2012 | | Posted at 08:04 AM

Acacia Theatre Looking to cast early 19th Century Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Based on the story by Isak Dinesen, Babette’ Feast is a clever idea for an early 20th century drama. A French refugee finds herself amongst a group of people in a Norwegian religious community that has shunned all worldly pleasures. The French refugee wants to thank them for their kindness. Should they turn it down? The story was adapted to an acclaimed 1987 film. A stage adaptation of the sto...
11.25.2011 | | Posted at 08:33 AM

Acacia Presents Handmaid of the Lord

By Russ Bickerstaff
Mary of Nazeereth probably had little idea growing up that her image (or images in her honor) would appear on candles . . . that she would be the inspiration for a small army of statues all over the world and . . . inevitably be etched into the flesh of quite a lot of people. It’s so easy to forget that certain icons had once been people. In the spirit of exploring the life of Mary, Acacia Th...
11.04.2011 | | Posted at 12:44 PM

Acacia Theatre looking for lead in musical based on Lucy Maud Montgomery classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
A pale countenance dotted with freckles, and long braids of red hair. (Or something like that.) Not everyone who has come to love the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic Anne of Green Gables will picture quite exactly the same face. But everyone familiar with the character knows her when they see her. And so it is that Acacia Theatre is looking for someone to play Anne in an upcoming production. The N...
10.13.2011 | | Posted at 06:13 AM

Theatre company brings William Gibson’s MIRACLE WORKER to the stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
Helen Keller is a figure out of history we often take for granted. The name has come to overshadow our understanding of the person a great deal. Hers is just another name in the lexicon of American history like so many others we read about in textbooks. Getting out beyond the shadow of the name is the great challenge of anyone looking to produce William Gibson’s Helen Keller drama The Miracle ...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Theater Preview

Concerning the headstrong heroine of her fourth novel, Emma, author Jane Austen said she had created a character that not many people would like. In spite of Austen's estimation, however, the independently wealthy and overconfident Emma Woodhouse has endured over the years...