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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
It is said that real life mirrors art. John Guare's play Six Degrees of Separation, which opened last weekend at Sunset Playhouse, uses both as a starting point. Six Degrees is based upon a real account that began in 1983 with a smooth-talking...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
When people take advantage of the ambiguity of identity at the expense of others, it can get positively revolting. Take the case of David Hampton, a man who passed himself off as the son of Sidney Poitier in the early '80s. Hampton conned money...
12.01.2010 | | Posted at 05:26 AM

The Earned Emotion of Sunset Playhouses ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE

By Russ Bickerstaff
    There are countless challenges and difficulties with bringing one of the most beloved holiday films in history to a live theatre stage. The Sunset Playhouse does an admirable job of this with its production of It�s A Wonderful Life. Adapted for the stage several years ago by playwright James Rodgers, the stage adaptation is a strong distillation of Frank Capra�s original film lovingly broug...
05.05.2010 | | Posted at 04:23 PM

Two Actresses Look Really Good While Deliberately Performing Badly

By Russ Bickerstaff
Deliberately staging bad productions for comic effect can be a lot more difficult to pull of than anything more straightforward. From Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock to Michael Frayn’s Noises Off (by way of the farce’s play within  play Nothing On) to David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr’s Farndale series, the challenge of bringing deliberately bad performances to the stage for comic ef...
01.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Finessing the Finances:The Business of Being a Struggling ActressThe Ruth Arnell Interview Pt. 4 In this, the penultimate part of the Ruth Arnell interview, Ruth talks about the problems of getting work as an actress while finding and maintaining a day job in a really, really bad economy. She recently got paid work carrying a gun, but how does a passion for acting fit in with the practical si...
01.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Here are the final moments of the interview with local actres Ruth Arnell,in which she talks about acting in Milwaukee and YouTube . . .   ACTING, MILWAUKEE AND SUCH . . .   Me: So what are our ambitions as far as being an actress?Ruth Arnell: Ideally, I’d like to movie into the city and start doing more theatre her just because there’s more of it available. As much ...
01.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
No Divas In Community Theatre: The Ruth Arnell Interview Pt.3 In this, the third part of the rough transcripts of an interview with local actress Ruth Arnell, Ruth talks about the work she’s done having returned from L.A. and speaks passionately about the artistic integrity of community theatre. Me: How long were you in California?Ruth: A year and a half. And in that time I learned to lo...
01.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A Talk With Actress Ruth Arnell Part 2: The Nearly Lost YearorLos Angeles Is A Beautiful Woman Covered in Gum Wrappers In The second part of my interview with rising actress Ruth Arnell, she discusses early experience in theatre and the brief Lost (or possibly Misplaced) Year-and-a-half she spent in California Me: Did you do any acting outside of Carroll College?Ruth Arnell: . . . um ....
01.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I very rarely get to talk to people active in local theatre who aren’t directly involved in a project that they are working on at that moment. Such experiences are usually fleeting moments in the lobby of some theatre. Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with actress Ruth Arnell at great length over cheap coffee from the comfort of my own living room. The interview was done for...
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008

New voices in theater

Creative outlets are essential to a community's long-term well-being, yet theater remains one of the most delicate species in the cultural ecosystem of any city. Because it relies on disparate, shifting factors, fresh talent is a must. All too often, the most capable young actors leave town after reaching a certain level of success, moving on to places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Top talent seems to stay in Milwaukee only if the actors have fallen in love and decided to settle down, start a theater company or both...

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