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10.03.2014 | 21 days ago | Posted at 04:18 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Suffice it to say, there are some things that will never happen. The previous presidential administration will likely never be called to answer directly for any of the decisions they had made with respect to foreign policy. Lies were told. Lives were lost. Playwright Lee Blessing has something to say about this. Mr. Blessing writes, "There were significant questions that begged exploring.  Th...
09.11.2014 | 43 days ago | Posted at 06:49 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
California-based playwright Julie Marie Myatt is a young, prolific author who has crafted nearly two-dozen full-length plays in a very, very short span of time. Next Act Theatre opens its season with a dark comedy by the rising playwright as it presents Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. The play concerns a wounded solider who has returned from Iraq with an artificial leg and a sense of restlessness.The ...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Learning to be funny in Milwaukee

 If you want to see lots of great comedians, there’s an easy solution: Visit Next Act Theatre sometime between August 7 and 10 for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival
07.22.2014 | 94 days ago | Posted at 05:04 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program allows a diverse group of teens to get together, write and produce an original theater piece. There really need to be more programs like this. Theater is a living, breathing thing. Giving those who are new to the stage an opportunity to really open up to it does all kinds of good things for them and the local culture as a whole.The four week program ends wi...
Friday, May 30, 2014

Pink Banana Theatre’s One Acts Festival

 It’s Pink Banana Theatre’s One Acts Festival season again! This year’s theme: “The Honeymoon is Over.” More than 160 plays—the most the theater has ever received—were submitted from all over the country and Pink Banana chose eight unique pieces to create this year’s festival
05.05.2014 | | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Writer/director Patrick Schmitz (best-known for Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer) has a new project for the summer. It’s a comic take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Schmitz is a very witty guy, which should be reason enough to look forward to the show. The cast assembled for the show is really promising as well. Title characters are played by actual teenagers with real comedic talent. As ...
Friday, April 4, 2014

C. Michael Wright directs ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

  The year is 1934 and we are introduced to the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in a swanky hotel suite. They are awaiting the arrival of world-famous tenor Tito Merelli, the star in their production of Otello. The company is scheduled to perform in the evening, but, as Milwaukee Chamber
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
 Milwaukee-born satirist Will Durst has weighed in on the fractured state of the country for The New York Times, NPR and CNN, though his soapbox of choice is the Internet, where he posts regular commentary to
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Next Act stages a radio play of the Capra Christmas classic

 Few holiday films attract the kind of attention that Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life has enjoyed for about half