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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Next Act’s examination of a culture of dishonesty

 The generative question for Jason Wells’ Perfect Mendacity was whether individuals trained in Method Acting could beat a polygraph test. Method Acting allows practitioners to generate emotions on cue through conditioned mental imagery. Employing these techniques, subjects could manipulate how their
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Next Act performs ‘Perfect Mendacity’

 The idea itself is engrossing. The fact that it’s an idea that forms a premise for a play being brought to the stage by Next Act Theatre makes it irresistible. The company’s staging of Jason Wells’ Perfect Mendacity stars Mark Ulrich as Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor who is being investigated
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Next Act Theatre's production of Morris Panych's Vigil is a work of art. The darkly comic story of a man waiting for his aunt to die requires a precise balance that director Mary MacDonald Kerr and company execute quite well...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
The Milwaukee Rep creates a powerful stage drama from a classic of American literature, as it presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. An ensemble provides vocal scoring to a brilliantly balanced cast, including...
01.22.2012 | | Posted at 09:51 PM

Next Act presents VIGIL

By Russ Bickerstaff
So there’s this guy—kind of a jerk. He quits his job as a bank clerk to care for his ailing aunt. He wants her to die so that he can collect his inheritance. She’s in no hurry to die. And it’s a comedy. And it’s being presented by Next Act, which is the first bit of good news. The next bit of good news is the fact that it’s being directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. Judging from the work...
02.06.2011 | | Posted at 12:13 AM

Goats, Monkeys and a Reading at the Stackner

By Russ Bickerstaff
Former Milwaukee Shakespeare company Goats & Monkeys will be hosting a staged reading of a new play featuring a kind of a strange mix of talent on Monday. It�s a staged reading of a new play with the breathtakingly forgettable title The Best of All Possible Worlds.�a new play by Alice Austen. Paula Suozzi directs a cast including Equity actors Amy J. Carle, Mark Ulrich Milwaukee Rep resident a...
09.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:40 AM

Four Places: Next Act's Dazzlingly Small Canvas Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
This weekend has been a study in contrast for me. Friday night, I saw the Rep’s reasonably massive production of Cabaret. Last night I saw a very minimalist, realistic, straight-ahead drama with Next Act. And I ended up preferring the Next Act show. There’s a kind of purity in seemingly simple drama that holds a kind of stage reality that’s far more electrifying than any visual or musical ...

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