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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

A modern adaptation in an intimate setting

 Is there such a thing as an “intimate epic”? If so, then perhaps American Players Theatre’s production of Antony and Cleopatra fits the bill. This pared-down version of Shakespeare’s historical tragedy opened Aug. 17 in APT’s Touchstone Theatre
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Is there any literary character more malevolent than Shakespeare's Richard III? Deformed of body, malignant of mind, Richard murders his way to the throne of England. The “poisonous bunch-backed toad” is eventually undone, but not before killing...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Next Act Theatre's production of Morris Panych's Vigil is a work of art. The darkly comic story of a man waiting for his aunt to die requires a precise balance that director Mary MacDonald Kerr and company execute quite well...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
The Milwaukee Rep creates a powerful stage drama from a classic of American literature, as it presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. An ensemble provides vocal scoring to a brilliantly balanced cast, including...
02.06.2012 | | Posted at 11:45 AM

Spontaneous applause opening night of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

By Russ Bickerstaff
A live full-cast stage feature consists of a great number of smaller moments all delicately interconnected. When it goes wrong, there are any number of reasons why it did. When it doesn’t there are just as many reasons why it worked. Occasionally there is a genuine moment that hits that reaffirms the entire reason for going tot the theatre in the first place. Such a moment happened “opening ...
03.26.2011 | | Posted at 02:08 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks welcomes DeVita’s take on IN ACTING SHAKESPEARE

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the Milwaukee Rep’s Bomb-itty Of Errors brings a Shakesepare/old-school hip-hop fusion to the stage of the Stackner Cabaret, Renaissance Theaterworks presents another tribute to the playwright to a much smaller stage a few blocks further south. As much potential as a hip-hop fusion has for introducing new audiences to Shakespeare, James DeVita’s unique take on In Acting Shakespeare would...
07.07.2010 | | Posted at 07:25 PM

American Players Theatre Announces Holiday Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the summer begins, a reasonably large number of people begin to descend upon the tiny town of Spring Green Wisconsin for various reasons. A fair number of us will have gone there this summer for the American Players Theatre’s annual summer season. With some really great actors and impressive production design in a beautiful spacae outdoors, it’s a really great experience. The company�s re...

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