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11.05.2014 | 44 days ago | Posted at 05:28 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Unchained opens the latest local production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants early this month. Raymond Bradford directs the studio theatre production of the contemporary comedy genius’ popular adaptation of a 1910 farce by Carl Sternheim.The comedy has seen memorable local productions with the Milwaukee Rep and more recently Soulstice Theatre. This is Martin adapting some sophisticated...
10.29.2014 | 51 days ago | Posted at 11:47 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This weekend, Chicago’s Samantha Martin brings her cats to Milwaukee. She trains cats. Normal domestic cats. They do performances. In a way it’s kind of like watching one, long cute cat video on YouTube only it’s live in person and there are just...lots and lots of cats doing things. It can be a really fun show in an intimate studio theatre environment, which is exactly where Martin is going...
11.03.2014 | 46 days ago | Posted at 04:40 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Neil Haven’s perennial favorite show Who Killed Santa? has been featured at a variety of different local locations over the years. The show features puppets standing-in for a slow-witted Frosty the Snowman, an alcoholic Rudolph, a tragically youthful Tiny Time, a metalhead Little Drummer Boy all grown-up and a newly-introduced Little Drummer Girl. It’s a post- Christmas holiday party. Santa ge...
09.17.2014 | 93 days ago | Posted at 05:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Wisconsin Premiere of The Addams Family Musical is a sparklingly sharp and intimate evening of musical theater. Theatre Unchained manages to pack quite a lot of production into its tiny space with the darkly comedic musical theatre tribute to a group of characters that originated as a New Yorker comics series, moved to TV and made a hit in Hollywood in the 1990s before the musical debuted onst...
09.16.2014 | 94 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I realize that it’s a classic of horror cinema, but I could never get into Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Carrie. Maybe it’s the fact that Sissy Spacek just didn’t feel right in the role for me. Or maybe it’s the fact that I really don’t like the overall aesthetic of most 1970s horror movies. In anticipation of the upcoming local musical production of Carrie I recently watche...
09.06.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 04:25 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It started-off as a one-panel comic strip in The New Yorker, but no one thinks of it like that. Years later it was the subject of a couple of feature films, but people don’t necessarily remember those as well either. The Addams Family is probably best-known as a TV series that aired from 1964 to 1966 before being immortalized through syndicated repetition. If you’ve seen even a couple of episo...
07.25.2014 | | Posted at 05:12 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a Stephen King book about a girl who uses telekinesis to exact revenge on her high school. Perfect subject for a musical, right? Actually, it was only about a dozen years after the publication of the book that the story was adapted into musical format. The 1988 production didn’t make much of a run on Broadway. There was a subsequent revival that made it Off-Broadway a couple of years ago....
07.18.2014 | | Posted at 07:01 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Unchained will be holding auditions for its next program of shorts later on this month. The New Plays Festival. Running Aug. 15-24, the festival is a program of eight shorts that take place in a fun atmosphere in a space with a bar larger than its stage. It’s a pleasantly intimate venue.The open auditions take place on the evening of July 21. They are looking for men and women ages 18 to...

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