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05.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
And as the season continues to fade-out, Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement Productions present yet another in their series of 24 hour theatre shows. Play In A Day 4 will be the two company’s latest foray into instant theatre. The idea is this: both companies will write, direct and produce an entire show in 24 hours. The show will presented one day after the group has started working on it—e...
04.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Two weeks from last Sunday, the Alamo Basement Theatre Company (which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Sheboygan this Saturday ) and Insurgent Theatre (which isn’t) are hosting yet another evening of BERZERK!!! at the Alchemist Theatre. April’s BERZERK!!! is slated to feature, “Less Time! More Restrictions!”  So okay . . . the basic idea here is that there’s a competition...
02.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d arrived at the Alchemist Theatre with a little over an hour to spare before this month’s Berzerk!!! program. I’d us seen the emotionally-touching domestic drama at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staring Mani and Truschinski. Not more than four hours after I watched a father’s inability to articulate feelings for his son’s happiness in the theatre district, I was watching Liz Shipe sink he...
02.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Having finally cleared away enough time for a Sunday afternoon, I decided to work on my script for this Saturday’s upcoming BERZERK!!! show. The premise behind the show, co-presented by DIY outfits Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement, is a program featuring a bunch of shorts with scripts that were all written in ten minutes. The playwright receives a line drawn from an established work of ficti...
02.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement will shortly be staging yet another performance in their ongoing BERZERK!!! series. The premise of the show goes something like this: Alamo Basement co-founder Mike Q. Hanlon contacts a group of writers and gives each of them a line from some bit of text. They then each have ten minutes to write a script for a play incorporating that line. It makes for an inter...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Theater Review

The third annual Play in a Day hit the Tenth Street Theatre this past weekend. A joint project between DIY theater groups Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement, Play in a Day comes from the rather absurd notion of making an entire play in 24 hours complete with sets and costuming. The hope here is to blur the line between performance and process. To a certain extent the final show is merely a rehearsal for a more balanced show that will never be completed. Ideally, things feel rough and incomplete.

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