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Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
Much has been made of the first couplet on “Ecce Homo,” the lead track on New York-based Titus Andronicus’ latest album, Local Business. “Okay, I think, by now,” rambles vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stickles
06.05.2011 | | Posted at 10:18 AM

The Beauty of the Rough Edges in Carte Blanche’s TITUS ANDRONICUS

By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre lives in the flaws bring out the visceral reality of human drama. You want perfection? Go see some big, artificial Hollywood movie in 3D Imax. You want the flaws that make us human? You go to some small, little studio theatre space and immerse yourself in the rough edges of a show with a modest budget. The Carte Blanche Studios’ production of Titus Andronicus lives in the kinds of flaws that make theatre what it is. It’s notoriously difficult to stage a show that includes a rape, and multiple dismemberments. Two heads, three hands and a tongue, among others. And in the intimate studio environment, it’s painfully obvious that the full grizzly of the reality of the play is not adequately represented in the show. There are however, interesting moments here. A hero is killed and there is the smell of fragrant shampoo. An odious meal at the end of the play isn’t delivered quite as it should be . . . that special magic in the production manages to turn a pair of villains into . . . what I would find out later is a chicken pot pie with strawberry sauce. The costuming is brilliant in places and awful in others, but so is the script—a huge success in Shakespeare’s time but not exactly universally-respected since. But just like in the script there are moments of sheer brilliance. Andrew Parchman makes what I think is a big debut performance in Milwaukee theatre. Never saw the guy before—here he’s playing the archvillain—a Moor named Aaron. Really amazing performance. The guy looks totally bada$$ in the role, too. That’s him from his facebook profile above. There was a really interesting moment opening night—prior to the offstage rape, a sword got inadvertently left behind onstage. (Really good hardware for the show, by the way. Provided by actor Christopher Elst and Adam Meitz—the swords look remarkably solid

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05.28.2011 | | Posted at 03:22 PM

Carte Blanche Studios Stages Brutal Shakespearian Poetry

By Russ Bickerstaff
T. S. Eliot said it was "one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written." And it was written by Shakespeare. Mr. Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock wasn'™t alone in his assessment of Titus Andronicus--a work that had been almost universally disliked by critics up until only relatively recently. The work was staggeringly popular in Shakespeare's time, however: a commercial box office s...