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11.01.2011 | | Posted at 07:36 AM

Wilde’s Wit Without All The Decoration

By Russ Bickerstaff
Having run the Boulevard Theatre for over a quarter of a century now, Artistic Director Mark Bucher is has a deep and intimate understanding of what can be produced in a small space. Along with the Off The Wall Theatre, the Boulevard is a small stage in a city populated by a  great many small spaces. With little or no budget for sets or costuming, the real appeal of the Boulevard’s latest is ...
11.01.2010 | | Posted at 06:40 PM

Wisconsin Lutheran College debuts musical version of LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN

By Russ Bickerstaff
 “Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.”  --Oscar Wilde The above quote notwithstanding, it’s difficult to imagine Wilde not enjoying a little music every now and then. That being said, it’s difficult to imagine what he might’ve thought of a traditional American musical being adapted from his first comedy. This ...
04.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Oscar Wilde’s comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan debuted in 1892. At that time, the American musical was still in its infancy. It’s probably safe to say that Wilde never though of the four-act comedy as a musical. That didn’t stop Noel Coward from adapting the thing into After the Ball over half a decade later in 1954. It was his last musical to debut in the West End. At the time Coward wrote it...
04.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Oscar Wilde’s Salome isn’t quite like any of the rest of his work. Written entirely in French, Wilde’s original play had kind of a poetic brutality that isn’t lost in the English translation that Off The Wall Theatre is using for its staging of the drama now through April 26th. At least . . . I assume there was a poetic brutality to the original script . . . I’d never actually read th...
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008

Tonight @ Schwartz Bookshop, Bay View - 7:00 PM

Based on an Oscar Wilde play, the Richard Strauss opera Salome was incredibly controversial when it debuted in 1905 and, indeed, is still quite shocking by today’s standards, thanks to a climatic scene where the title character has sex with John the Baptist’s severed head.