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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
Youngblood Theatre Company warms up December with a hot, aggressive little socio-political allegory that mixes dark comedy with darker drama, making for one of the most dreamlike trips to the theater in Milwaukee. Steve Yockey's Cartoon features a range of ensemble characters living under the oppressive totalitarian rule... 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Aaron Kopec, playwright of Murder Castle and Faust, has explored dark parts of the psyche in productions at the Alchemist Theatre. This summer, however, Kopec offers up Help Wanted, a show that should be less sinister and more subtle...
05.29.2012 | | Posted at 03:58 PM

Next Week: A free show staged at a house

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Modern publishing on the big best-seller scale sounds a lot like Hollywood now. I recently read that when the author of Hunger Games was told about a pre-existing Japanese novel that had a lot in common with hers…she asked them if she should read it. No innate interest. No mind of her own. She's a technician working for them. They told her not to read the book. Was the author fed ideas stra...
03.02.2012 | | Posted at 09:52 AM

Well over 1,000 words on Youngblood’s new show. (All of them more or less in order.)

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro: The Personal Stuff Youngblood’s latest show is about a pair of people going through inpatient therapy. They’re psychologically disjointed people. Youngblood Theatre company has a tendency to take things off center and find stages away from traditional venues. I like this about them. I’ll joke with Michael Cotey about it on occasion. (At least I think that’s what we’re doing.) A...
08.19.2011 | | Posted at 09:50 AM

MINNESOTA MOON haunts Trinborn Farm Park for a couple of free performances

By Russ Bickerstaff
Trinborn Farm Park should probably be known a little bit better than it is. It feels very iconic—like it could take its place alongside Milwaukee landmarks like the Calatrava, the Bronze Fonz and the Safe House. Of course, if it DID become a major tourist destination, it would probably lose a lot of what makes it feel so charming. The old-timey mid-19th century family farm that has passed thr...
02.07.2011 | | Posted at 09:10 AM

A little improv, a Iittle sketc, a little audience participation, nearly a lot of fun.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Comedysportz Garage feels kind of like a cross between a traditional comedy club and high school prom. It’s a large space. People sit scattered about at various tables drinking. Vintage ‘80’s pop plays through a rather nice sound system. It’s late night at Comedysportz—a show that is scheduled to start at 9:30 pm. This is the Milwaukee end of the Chicago-born Bye Bye Liver—a sket...
01.22.2011 | | Posted at 05:51 AM

Photo Show At MGAC Opens With A Costume Gala

By Russ Bickerstaff
The darker edge of fairy tales continues to be quite hip these days. The darkness in what modern culture laughingly refers to as children’s fare makes its way to the stage of the Off The Wall Theatre next month a promising Jeremy Welter stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. The show stars Welter as the Mad Hatter and Liz Mistele as an Alice “with the mouth of a sailor an...
01.25.2010 | | Posted at 07:27 PM

Andrew Edwin Voss and Jason Waszak victims of a senseless act of violence.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Andrew Voss� phone goes straight to voicemail. With things being as busy as they had today, I hadn�t gotten word about the physical assault of the Youngblood Theatre co-founder until relatively late. As soon as I�d gotten word of the incident I�d attempted to call him. No answer. Then I saw the note in the press release. Earlier today, he was in critical condition. I�m at a loss. The latest info ...