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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 Aaron Kopec's horror stories at the Alchemist Theatre have collected quite a rogues' gallery over the years. Past villains have included Dracula, Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. This fall, Kopec delves into less familiar...
08.14.2012 | | Posted at 11:52 PM

Uncommonly good promo images for shows that have emerged in August

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Quite often, promo pics for upcoming shows give me something to post into a blog . . . and they look really nice next to a print review, but occasionally there are some that go beyond that and they end up hanging out on my desktop for a bit longer than usual . . . lately there have been quite a few of these . . . here's a look at some of my favorites . . .      Fools For Tragedy have had a...
08.10.2012 | | Posted at 07:02 AM

Fools For tragedy bring MEDEA to the Villa Terrace

By Russ Bickerstaff
    After great adventure, the hero leaves his wife for the daughter of a king. I don't care what the extenuating circumstances were, it was an epically heartless move . . . a move immortalized in Euripides' Medea. The play gets a modern staging this month as Fools For Tragedy brings the story to life at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Judging from advanced word on the production, it...
08.01.2012 | | Posted at 07:51 AM

A look back at the 2011-2012 Theatre Year In Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro Being a theatre critic who attends 100+ shows per year, my year is defined a bit differently than a standard calendar will allow for. My year starts in August with the first shows of the new theatre season,  continues through May as regular season switches gears for the summer shows and finally ends in July as the new theatre season gets underway the following month . . . and so each ye...
08.02.2012 | | Posted at 07:47 AM

The 2011-2012 Theatre Year in Milwaukee Remembered

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro Being a theatre critic who attends 100+ annually, my year is defined a bit differently than a standard calendar will allow for. My year starts in August with the first shows of the new theatre season,  continues through May as regular season switches gears for the summer shows and finally ends in July as the new theatre season gets underway the following month . . . and so each year I l...
05.31.2012 | | Posted at 11:37 AM

Fools For Tragedy announce dates and venue for modern update of MEDEA

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Honestly, ancient Greek myth never really appealed to me as a kid. I was a lot more interested in Nordic legend . . . which probably had a lot more to do with the mid-'80's work of artist/writer Walt Simonson than anything else . . . but then reading about Snorri Sturlson and some of the original legends, they resonated with me a lot more than stories of Zeus and Hercules and Hera and so on...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Fools for Tragedy's current staging of Jordan Gwiazdowski's Waiting, a deconstruction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, plays like an existential funhouse, with metaphorical mirrors strewn everywhere...
02.10.2012 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

Theatre and the Moment in Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
99% of life is the fine print—all those little details. (This past evening, I was waiting fro my wife to get back from acupuncture and my baby daughter had scraped her chin--she caused herself real pain for one of the first times ever. She cried so much and why is it that the little plush wee ninja is so much better at making her happy than I am? And precisely how am I going to tackle things t...
01.18.2012 | | Posted at 04:13 PM

Jordan Gwiazdowski’s take on Waiting For Godot staged at the Alchemist Theatre Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Fools For Tragedy takes the stage of the Alchemist Theatre again next month as it presents Jordan Gwiazdowski’s Waiting. Conceptually, it’s a rather clever mutation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot. A group of five actors play various roles whil waiting around to perform in a production of Waiting For Godot. Two actors have received anonymous contracts to appear in the show. They wai...
11.18.2011 | | Posted at 11:57 AM

A Crisp Staged Reading by the new t heater company.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Fools For Tragedy held a reading to benefit the Hunger Task Force last night. I was expecting a good time—it was a talented cast involved in the reading. I wasn’t expecting to fully reappraise my overall impressions of Fat Pig. Neil LaBute is one of the more dynamic late boomer/early X-er American playwrights. In The Company of Men was kind of a sinister social comedy . . . The Shape of Thin...

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