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Friday, May 9, 2014

First Stage’s spirited rendition of the teen detective

 No doubt about it, Nancy Drew was a gal ahead of her time. The famed teen detective of the 1930s sparked the imaginations of millions of young girls who longed to experience Nancy’s
04.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:53 AM

Playwright Neil Haven’s latest is a complicated contemporary domestic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Neil Haven’s work has been an interesting and uneven mix. From the heartwarming holiday show Who Killed Santa? to a cleverly-constructed comedy about an agoraphobic elevator operator, Haven’s work has an enjoyable energy about it. My wife and I still occasionally talk about a comic short he wrote for Pink Banana Theatre featuring a group of ducks in a fountain in Las Vegas. Ha...
03.22.2011 | | Posted at 06:30 AM

Oconomowoc Arts Center hosts open house and First Stage Auditions this Saturday

By Russ Bickerstaff
As my own fatherhood looms in the very near future, I’m beginning to become acquainted with the various responsibilities of being a parent. You want to give your kids opportunities without forcing them into any particular role. You want to give them opportunities without limiting their own understanding of identity. Still—if our as-yet-unborn daughter would be interested in joining First Sta...
03.21.2011 | | Posted at 06:11 AM

First Stage Childrens Theatre brings THE HUNDRED DRESSES to life

By Russ Bickerstaff
For all the attention its gotten lately, bullying has been around for a very, very long time. The recent string of suicides has brought attention to a problem that has been so common for so long that most people simply think of it as being a natural part of growing up. An early look at the nature of bullying, Eleanor Estes� The Hundred Dresses tells the story of a young Polish-American girl who ...