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07.28.2014 | 49 days ago | Posted at 05:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Not every fundraiser raises money for a theatre company like the Sunset Playhouse. Not every theatre company fundraiser is a murder mystery party. Not every murder mystery party allows one an opportunity to meet tycoon Donald Trumpet. So consider yourself lucky that you even know about this one.’Til Death Do Us Part is set-up as a wedding for a character based on a certain clownish billionaire c...
07.26.2014 | 50 days ago | Posted at 05:14 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse will be staging a production of Guys & Dolls this coming October. The beloved musical will be directed by Michael Stoddard. Rehearsals start on Sept. 8 for a show that will open Oct. 23.From the announcement: “Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring com...
06.30.2014 | 77 days ago | Posted at 03:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer has just started. The end of the summer theatre months is not far off. This August, Sunset Playhouse opens what is quite possibly the final summer musical to open in the greater Milwaukee area. Gypsy is regarded by many as one of the greatest musicals ever produced. Okay, so it’s a good show, but I don’t know that I’d go quite that far. There’s no questioning that it’s a great...
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Renaissance Theaterworks satirizes the state of the arts in 'The Understudy'

Theresa Rebeck’s comedies have made for some very memorable theater in the past. Milwaukee Chamber’s staging of Mauritius was sharp, clever and engrossing. Windfall Theatre’s production of Omnium Gatherum was well modulated with a great cast. This month, Renaissance Theaterworks stages The Understudy
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Elm Grove company gives strong performance of an American classic

 Although modeled after the Scopes Monkey Trial, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s Inherit the Wind is really about ideological polarization. The Sunset Playhouse’s production of the classic drama harnesses some of the play’s continued relevance to some really good performances
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

'Inherit the Wind' at Sunset Playhouse

 In 1925, high school teacher John Scopes was found guilty of illegally teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school. The verdict was later overturned on a technicality, but not before attracting the kind of attention that is the inspiration for drama on stage and screen with Inherit the Wind. The ever-topical drama gets
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

O’Donoghue’s brings a touch of Ireland to the suburbs

 Elm Grove is thought of as a bird sanctuary, a bedroom suburb and home to one of the area’s longest-running community theaters, the Sunset Playhouse. The idea of a little colony of Ireland
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
 Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse reaches for something ambitious with its production of the durable hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The performance itself is a little rough around the edges musically
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Laughing all the way to the Fairway

A timely, golf-themed farce is scoring a hole in one at Sunset Playhouse. The Fox on the Fairway is the perfect lighter fare for playgoers seeking clever characters, a screwball plot and the ugliest collection of golf sweaters

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