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07.20.2014 | 4 days ago | Posted at 08:00 AM

Off The Wall Theatre offers a tense take on "Rope"

By Russ Bickerstaff
Physical comfort in summer theater can be a rather tricky thing to negotiate. I’d recently mentioned being physically uncomfortable at a show in a review. That show was in a mosquito-infested barn. It was hot. It was uncomfortable. It was Animal Farm. This past Friday night I was at a show at the Off the Wall Theatre that was more physically uncomfortable than a mosquito-infested barn. It’s ho...
06.07.2014 | 47 days ago | Posted at 06:57 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer theater season is always an interesting mix of different elements. Next month a murder drama skulks onto one of the most intimate stages in town as Off The Wall Theatre presents Patrick Hamilton’s Rope.The 1929 British drama is inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder  case. On the sometimes shockingly small stage that is home to Off the Wall, Jeremy Welter and Mark Neufang star a...
05.30.2014 | 55 days ago | Posted at 06:13 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This summer Off the Wall Theatre presents a production of Sara Ruhl’s Late: A Cowboy Song. According to Ruhl, “"This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention." So is the play Ruhl ripping off or riffing off Tom Robbins? Probably not. Or at least not exactly. The author of The Clean House tries her hand at the story of a young marriage an...
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Off the Wall’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

 The 1976 novel Kiss of the Spider Woman isn't exactly the sort of story many would have expected to get a stage musical treatment. The story of imprisoned people in Argentina isn't the type of thing that cries out for song and
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
  A Man Like Hong Kong is Off the Wall Theatre’s current offering to the Euro-mystery genre, promising international intrigue steeped in a back story filled with dark secrets and displaying requisite stealth...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Holly Hughes' artistic trajectory is a bit difficult to chart. Best known for her connection to work that caused conservative types to question the National Endowment for the Arts, Hughes has been recognized for performance art that is deeply political...
04.23.2012 | | Posted at 09:37 PM

A cabaret featuring music from Broadway turned Hollywood

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Properties have been flung back and forth from one coast to another. We've seen Hollywood movies get turned into Broadway musicals that then get turned into hollywood movies based on Broadway musicals. This is big money entertainment eating itself. It's not pretty.   Maybe somewhere between the coasts, perhaps just down the block from a bronze statue of Henry Winkler by the river, one migh...
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Off the Wall Theatre has conjured up a perfect storm of a production with its season finale, Shakespeare's The Tempest. The bard's classic tale of revenge and redemption marks a high point for director Dale Gutzman's company, due in large part...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Theater Review

Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage is an unflinching look at the horrors of war. No stranger to a challenge, director Dale Gutzman attempts to fit the intensity of this drama into one of Milwaukee's most intimate theater stages. Yes, there's a set, a lighting scheme, costuming and makeup, but in a space as...

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