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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Theatre Gigante’s ancient tale of revenge

 This month, Milwaukee theater veterans Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson stage an adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of Electra in their Theatre Gigante production. It's a tale of revenge that has echoed throughout
Monday, May 6, 2013

Theatre Gigante marks 25 years with a new Electra

 "When you want to know what grief means, remember me," Electra tells the Chorus of Female Slaves in The Oresteia, the 2,500-year-old dramatization by the Greek playwright Aeschylus of King Agamemnon's bloody
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

In Tandem’s funny holiday favorite

You know it’s really Christmas time in Milwaukee, or at least in “da Sout Side,” when A Cudahy Caroler Christmas comes to visit In Tandem Theatre Company. And for those holiday partiers
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In Tandem Theatre brilliantly executes Veronica's Position, a comedy about politics and principles set on the precipice of the final decade of the 20th century. The play is set in motion when a drama-queen actress (an Elizabeth Taylor-like character) is due...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
As the presidential election picks up speed, In Tandem Theatre closes its season with a comedy set in Washington, D.C. The Rich Orloff comedy Veronica's Position is a contemporary farce involving a famous pair of middle-aged actors who...
05.03.2011 | | Posted at 07:13 AM

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story with In Tandem Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
A Casual Evening’s Musical Murder Given its relatively humble components, In Tandem Theatre’s final show of the season seems very casual. Actually, it ends up being one of the more seamless musicals of the season—endlessly better than most of the overblown out of town musical trash blowing through the Marcus Center and the Milwaukee Theatre over the course of the past season. In Tandem’s...
02.20.2011 | | Posted at 11:01 AM

Boulevard Theatre's BECKY SHAW is Five Characters Caught In The Pull of Emotional Gravity On A Studio Stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
The performance space of The Boulevard Theatre is black with vertical lines of various colors for contrast. The vertical lines aren�t really necessary. Neither are the placards with various words on the wall near the ceiling. The Boulevard is staging the Midwest premiere of Gina Gionfriddo�s Becky Shaw. There are a few things that happen offstage in the world beyond the characters�a mugging, le...
05.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Gigante’s  Man In A Magic Square only had a few performances. I had the pleasure of seeing the final one. A reasonably small crowd packed the Off Broadway Theatre on a brisk Saturday night. The stage was set with a few lamps of a number of different  styles and a few chairs. Theatre Gigante founder Isabelle Kralj addressed the audience from a darkened stage—just enough light to see p...
01.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
When it debuted some 150 years ago, German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach’s first full-legth classical operetta was not immediately successful. One critic hailed it as “profanation of holy and glorious antiquity.” Such condemnation propelled the operetta to success in years to come, when it would be referred to as a "coarse and grotesque parody, full of vulgar and indecent scenes th...

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