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10.10.2014 | 108 days ago | Posted at 10:43 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve seen over 850 shows as a theater critic in the past dozen years. In all that time I’ve never once gone to the Northern Lights Theater in Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. It’s an interesting venue. From the nearest bus stop I could find, it’s a long walk-in to the space across alien terrain. There is the smell of industry. There are slowly blinking, red lights on smoke stacks. The highwa...
09.27.2014 | 122 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next month, Potowatomi Hotel & Casino plays host to an extended run of an off-Broadway show for the first time. It’s kind of an interesting milestone for the Northern Lights Theater. The theater has been around for a long time. In over 10 years of covering 800+ shows in Milwaukee I’ve never once been to the Northern Lights. Visiting acts come in and perform there regularly, but it’s not ...
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Popular Wauwatosa theater reopens under new management

The Rosebud Cinema (6823 W. North Ave.) is back and in good hands. The neighborhood bijou along one of Wauwatosa's busiest streets made a splash when it opened in 1999. People talked about its seating—those sofas and chairs with end ta...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Bravo! Next Act: Celebrating Next Act Theatre's first anniversary in its beautiful new theater space, the company's fans poured into the sold-out “Bravo, Next Act” event. The retro-summer theme encouraged '50s attire, with Laura and Jeff...
05.09.2012 | | Posted at 12:52 AM

Next Act presents McGivern's Boomer Milwaukee Americana

By Russ Bickerstaff
    My daughter is familiar with John McGivern. She's only one year old. She was sitting around waiting to come out of the womb when my wife and I saw him perform for Next Act a little over a year ago. Our little daughter was VERY excited throughout the performance--kicking and moving around with a lot of energy. And now she has to wait a few more years  before she can see him perform live out...
11.19.2011 | | Posted at 04:27 PM

John McGivern in A Kodachrome Christmas

By Russ Bickerstaff
Most holiday seasons, John McGivern can be found delivering endearing biographical monologues about his baby boomer childhood in Milwaukee. This holiday season, he takes a break from that to perform a piece by Pat Hazell. Hazell has worked with McGivern before on Bunkbed Brothers and The Wonderbread Years. Much like both of those shows, A Kodachrome Christmas is a show that mixes endearing emoti...
04.28.2011 | | Posted at 07:34 AM

On the cusp of a new home, Next Act Theatre hosts its annual fund raiser

By Russ Bickerstaff
 These are very exciting times for Next Act Theatre. After quite a few years secluded a couple of floors up in a rather prominent building, the theatre company is moving to its own space in a brand-new theatre that will be completed in time for next season. As patrons look forward to that new theatre smell while enjoying the dramatic tension of Bank and Jensen’s The Exonerated next October,...
03.16.2011 | | Posted at 02:53 PM

John McGivern to perform at the Cedarburg Cultural Center at winters end.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  While the candy filled zombie puppets prepare for an evening at the Marian Center on Milwaukee’s south edge, acclaimed local performer John McGivnern will be getting ready to perform a one-man spoken word show in Cedarburg.    The Midwest Emmy Award-winning Milwaukeean routinely sells-out performances of shows where he recounts memories of a very distinct Milwaukee growing-up an Irish Cat...
12.04.2010 | | Posted at 01:22 PM

Next Act Theatre presents McGiverns holiday show at the Reps Stiemke Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
John McGivern seems to be glowing a bit more onstage this year than he has in the past. Fresh from winning a Midwest Emmy for The Early Stories, McGivern�s charming presence fills the space of the Milwaukee Rep�s Stiemke Theatre in another holiday show. McGivern�s Home For The Holidays is the latest in a series of holiday one-man shows presented by Next Act Theatre. In seasons past, the Next Act...