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01.31.2012 | | Posted at 09:53 AM

Neil Haven’s Elevator Comedy with the Lake Country Play House

By Russ Bickerstaff
Of all of Neil Haven’s work, the hotel comedy Stuck is probably the most . . . mature, I guess. The comic playwright behind the ever-popular Who Killed Santa? develops a fun little premise as a retro hotel plays host to an agoraphobic elevator operator who never leave the elevator but to shower and use the women’s room.    Having seen a couple of different productions of the show, I don’...
12.24.2011 | | Posted at 04:33 PM

Alison Mary Forbes joins the puppets at Carte Blanche

By Russ Bickerstaff
nI don't know if I have different standard for local productions. I just know that the big touring shows that roll through town feel like tremendous waste of time, money and talent...not unlike Broadway itself. So why do I still like Neil Haven's Who Killed Santa?nThe adult puppet show that involves a dirty old Santa, a drunken Rudolph and resurrection through sex with a corpse is anything but sop...
11.22.2011 | | Posted at 06:17 AM

Another round of Neil Haven’s relentless WHO KILLED SANTA?

By Russ Bickerstaff
A Christmas murder mystery with puppets, Who Killed Santa? isn’t a guilty pleasure so much as it is weird, simple fun. The show, which surmises a holiday party at Santa’s place with various iconic Christmas characters, has been staged a number of times over the past few years. The cast features a mix of people who have appeared in the show before. Bo Johnson returns as a seedy, abusive Santa....
05.23.2011 | | Posted at 04:01 PM

Neil Haven’s latest looks at cross-generational conflict

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Over the years, playwright Neil Haven has proved himself to be pretty versatile. From a comedy about a woman afraid to leave an elevator to a vaguely bizarre comedy about internet dating and even a short about anthropomorphized ducks in Las Vegas, Haven’s style has varied quite a bit.With his latest, he tackles a very complex family dynamic between five different characters. And though th...
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...
08.29.2010 | | Posted at 04:21 PM

One Weekend-Only Neil Haven Show Is More Than Expected

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s exceedingly difficult to be surprised by local theatre. Neil Haven’s one-weekend show The Playdaters managed to amount to a little more than expected. The initial premise is kind of interesting . . . Haven and Jeremiah Munsey star as a couple of guys playing a game with online dating. They challenge each other to do strange things with strangers on first dates with a variety of women pl...
08.25.2010 | | Posted at 02:17 PM

A Strange Weekend before September

By Russ Bickerstaff
It could be construed by some as the last real weekend of summer. And as the theatre season begins to get into full swing, a few odd acts hit local stages. Here’s a look ahead at what’s happening this weekend: Thursday, August 26th: 6:30pm The Amazing Acro-Cats These not-so-common house cats from Chicago return to the Alchemist Theatre this weekend for four shows starting tomorrow night. Th...
07.30.2010 | | Posted at 11:02 AM

In Tandem Presents Neil Haven’s Playdaters

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � This year, August ends with a quick, little comedy presented by In Tandem Theatre.�The�Play Daters is a fresh, new comedy by reasonably local playwright Neil Haven. The comedy, which tells the tale of a couple of guys working to exploit a dating website, originally debuted in a student production at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.� The script has been updated since, making it to the sta...
03.08.2010 | | Posted at 10:14 PM

A number of shows open in the next few weeks featuring newer work by local playwrights.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There are a number of elements that absolutely must be present in order for a city to maintain a sustainable, substantially diverse theatre scene. Chief among them is the cultivation of work by local playwrights. These next couple of months, a series of shows open featuring new work by local playwrights. Here’s a quick glance at what’s already onstage and what’s ahead:   In Tandem’s exc...
03.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:42 PM

In Tandem's Latest Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre continues its season with a production of Neil Haven’s Stuck. The show opened this past weekend. I’d seen the show before when it’s inaugural UW-Whitewater production came to the In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre in August of ’08. Directed by In Tandem co-founder Chris Flieller, the show has considerably more aesthetic depth to it than the original production. Flieller...