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05.05.2014 | 85 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Writer/director Patrick Schmitz (best-known for Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer) has a new project for the summer. It’s a comic take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Schmitz is a very witty guy, which should be reason enough to look forward to the show. The cast assembled for the show is really promising as well. Title characters are played by actual teenagers with real comedic talent. As ...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
Last year, comedy writers Vince Figueroa and Beth Lewinski wrote and directed Natalie Ryan and the Brain Thieves, a sci-fi adventure that starred young actress Anna Wolfe as an ancient time traveler with the personality of a sweet girl from the...
08.17.2012 | | Posted at 01:02 AM

Another exceptionally fun time traveling Natalie Ryan show at the Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
The "turn off your cell phone" announcement at the beginning of a theatrical show has been done in a variety of different creative ways over the years. I don't think I'd ever heard it quite the way I did last night. Those making the announcement threatened to blow-up the planet if we didn't comply with the request. It was the beginning of another Vince Figueroa/Beth Lewinski Natalie Ryan play. Th...
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Considering the diversity of theater offerings, it's surprising that certain genres don't get more play on local stages. Science fiction may have its place on the big screen, but it's rarely explored in Milwaukee theater. Last year, Vince Figueroa...
05.22.2012 | | Posted at 10:53 AM

Figueroa and Lewinski looking to cast for sequel to last year's sci-fi show

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Vince Figueroa and Beth Lewinski are developing a sequel to last summer's Natalie Ryan and The Brain Thieves. There isn't much in the way of popcorn sic fi drama on local stages. The novelty of seeing that type of story play out live onstage as opposed to the multiplex was one of the big highlights of Milwaukee theatre last summer. It's just a really cool novelty.   This year's return to Nat...
05.13.2012 | | Posted at 05:54 AM

Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre continues the comedy with a new show at the Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
    If Memory serves, Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre's unique blend of old-timey radio comedy started off as a stage-only affair. Time has made matters a bit more sophisticated and now the group performs once a month they perform over the air with actual performances over Frontier Radio Theatre on WMSE every Sunday morning.    Quite a lot of those shows are available over the internet on WHT's webs...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The early-'70s album, children's book and TV special Free to Be… You and Me was an ambitious project. The idea was to promote gender neutrality and individuality in the next generation. Years later, the songs and sketches still resonate. In a show titled...
08.06.2011 | | Posted at 05:29 PM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the second two programs

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Day two of the 2011 Milwaukee Comedyfest, the mood rolled into a different rhythm with three different programs featuring a Stand-up comic followed by a sketch comedy group followed by an improv group and ended with another sketch group. THE FIRST SHOW I couldn't help but notice that my new favorite spot in ComedySportz's main stage was co-occupied by a rather large synthesizer. Didn'€™t kno...
05.02.2011 | | Posted at 07:26 AM

Dr. Who Meets Nancy Drew in a new comedy at the Alchemist in Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I went to the Alchemist Theatre to see Natalie Ryan and the Brain Thieves. I knew it was a sci-fi comedy by Vince Figueroa (who also wrote 8-Bit Warrior) and Beth Lewinski (of Meanwhile and various other projects.) Turns out it’s a huge amount of fun. Natalie Ryan builds a comedy off a solid Dr. Who plot foundation. Anna Wolfe plays the title c...

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