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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
 Musical Aid: Milwaukee’s top musicians joined the cause at Turner Hall to support and raise funds for Josh Tovar, their musical brother saddled with medical bills. Backed by his band, Chasin’ Mason, singers cloned
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
The Skylight's Bill Theisen directs the Stephen Sondheim classic about painter Georges Seurat and his subjects. Windfall Theatre recently staged a modest production of the...
12.31.2011 | | Posted at 11:51 PM

Casual precision with the Skylight’s BEYOND THE INGENUE

By Russ Bickerstaff
    One of the things I absolutely love about the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre is its ability to house shows that are extremely polished and precise whil still managing to hang onto the illusion of being absolutely casual and relaxed. The space served this kind of atmosphere perfectly when Renaissance Theater welcomed James DeVita’s adaptation of In Acting Shakespeare. DeVita’...
08.27.2011 | | Posted at 03:18 PM

Promotional samples from the upcoming Skylight Opera World Premiere

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always nice to get something novel in a press kit. In anticipation of its world premiere production of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals, The Skylight Opera Theatre put together a pretty impressive package for those of us covering the local theatre scene. This particular kit included, among other things, a CD with some 9 tracks on it. Featuring bits that will appear in the show. Here are a cou...
08.04.2011 | | Posted at 10:08 AM

A look back at the last theatre years from the edge of August

By Russ Bickerstaff
With Soulstice Theatre opening the first show of the new season last week, Milwaukee Theatre rolls into New Year's . . . the Milwaukee Theatre year starting in August with the first new shows of the new theatre season and closes at the end of the following July with the last openings of the summer theatre season. Here then is part two of a look back at it all . . . May 2011 May of 2011 was ...
07.20.2011 | | Posted at 04:11 PM

Expanded open house offers an opportunity to see a Milwaukee Chamber open rehearsal

By Russ Bickerstaff
One of the classiest houses for relatively high-end theatre in Milwaukee, the Broadway Theatre Center is kind of a remarkable space. A bar, a studio theatre, a larger formal theatre and a whole bunch of offices rest on the end of Broadway near the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Once again this summer, the Theatre Center opens its doors to provide a peak behind (and above and below) the s...
06.16.2011 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

Skylight’s upcoming fundraiser at the Pfister

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Skylight Opera Theatre sent out announcements earlier this week for its big October 76 Trombones fundraiser gala. On Saturday, October the 8th, the group will be hosting a fancy black tie-optional affair featuring dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. The event takes place in the Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The event takes place right after the close of the Skylight’s first world premiere of the season. (They have two in 2011/2012.) The title, of course, refers to The Music Man—which will open November the 18th. For more information about the gala, contact Skylight Special Events Manager Madeline Cope at madelinec@skylightopera.com. Those interested in hanging out with Chamber offstage prior to October in a much less formal environment will get their chance with the Broadway Theater Center’s Open House, which will be happening on Gallery Night July 29th between 5 and 9pm. I’d been there for last year’s affait

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06.03.2011 | | Posted at 12:36 PM

Two great shows still running into June

By Russ Bickerstaff
June begins. The last of the formal season’s shows vanish from the stage. There are a couple of shows still onstage this weekend that I truly, truly love. That doesn’t happen too often. I see a lot of shows in any given year. (When I see Carte Blanche’s Titus this evening, it will be the 100th show that I’d seen since the beginning of last August.) I try to take every show on its own meri...
05.09.2011 | | Posted at 02:24 PM

Skylight Opera Theatre presents Josh Schmidt’s ADDING MACHINE

By Russ Bickerstaff
A brief description of Elmer Rice'™s 1923 play The Adding Machine is positively surreal. The bizarre plot involves a humble employee of a large corporation being replaced by a machine, killing his former boss, being put to death, waking-up and waking-up in the afterlife only to be sentenced to "œrecycling," back in the world of the mortals. This is truly, truly weird stuff for 1923. Kind of ah...