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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, Nov. 21, 2012
Playwright Steve Yockey envisions oppression as a tyrannical child ruling her toys with an iron fist. The idea has some merit. Yockey’s story, titled Cartoon, receives a staging this month courtesy of Youngblood Theatre.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 Aaron Kopec's horror stories at the Alchemist Theatre have collected quite a rogues' gallery over the years. Past villains have included Dracula, Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. This fall, Kopec delves into less familiar...
08.13.2012 | | Posted at 11:57 PM

A pyromantic evening in a heartbreakingly romantic space on the east side.

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Fools For Tragedy brings its season to a close with the first straight-ahead drama of the 2012-2013 Theatre season. The group hauls a 2400 year old drama into the pulse of the present with a staging that pours the audience in around the drama. Directed and adapted by Jordan Gwiazdoski, the drama is rendered in three progressive stages in the beautiful and the fabulously romantic space of ...
06.23.2012 | | Posted at 07:19 AM

An Evening of Song charmingly hosted by Josh Perkins

By Russ Bickerstaff
    I had made arrangements to see a program of show tunes last night. And I made arrangements to see in that program of show tunes and other assorted bits of music prior to realizing that I could instead be seeing a far more abstract theatrical presentation with Quasi Mondo. And there was some level of disappointment in that for me because well . . . I tend to prefer the more abstract experime...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Fools for Tragedy's current staging of Jordan Gwiazdowski's Waiting, a deconstruction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, plays like an existential funhouse, with metaphorical mirrors strewn everywhere...
02.10.2012 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

Theatre and the Moment in Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
99% of life is the fine print—all those little details. (This past evening, I was waiting fro my wife to get back from acupuncture and my baby daughter had scraped her chin--she caused herself real pain for one of the first times ever. She cried so much and why is it that the little plush wee ninja is so much better at making her happy than I am? And precisely how am I going to tackle things t...
01.18.2012 | | Posted at 04:13 PM

Jordan Gwiazdowski’s take on Waiting For Godot staged at the Alchemist Theatre Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Fools For Tragedy takes the stage of the Alchemist Theatre again next month as it presents Jordan Gwiazdowski’s Waiting. Conceptually, it’s a rather clever mutation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot. A group of five actors play various roles whil waiting around to perform in a production of Waiting For Godot. Two actors have received anonymous contracts to appear in the show. They wai...
10.03.2011 | | Posted at 10:51 AM

Carte Blanche’s MEIN KAMPF

By Russ Bickerstaff
George Tabori’s Mein Kampf could easily have been very, very bad. A comedy about Hitler could go in a number of awful and shaloow directions. It’s a relief to know that the comedy about a young, pre-Nazi Hitler is actually really funny. Tabori’s irreverent swipe at one of the 20th century’s greatest villains manages to be funny in both a silly, superficial way and in funny (and, well, ki...
08.12.2011 | | Posted at 01:41 PM

A Seemingly Random Sampling of theatrical moods on an Intimate Studio Theatre space

By Russ Bickerstaff
Carte Blanche Theatre’s Play Fest opened last night. A weekend of short plays, Play Fest plays out more like a series of smaller works than an actual shorts program. The seven shorts on the program rotate through six different larger program sets over the course of this weekend. Here are some impressions from opening night:   Kicking a Dead Baby by Jordan Gwiazdowski     Paul Matthew Madde...