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08.09.2014 | | Posted at 05:19 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Given what an explosive time in history it was, it’s staggering to think that the Civil Rights Movement peaked as recently as half a century ago. People were risking their lives for equality in a United States that was eerily similar to the one we find ourselves in now.This November, Uprooted Theatre presents a one-performance-only staging of civil rights a drama set in Mississippi in 1964. Free...
10.27.2014 | 96 days ago | Posted at 04:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The promo pics for Robbie McGhee’s Uprooted Cabaret show had McGhee down on the farm with a beat-up baseball cap. As I understand, the show was about McGhee’s life growing-up in small-town Wisconsin, so it fit. For their November Uprooted Cabaret show, Marcee Doherty-Elst and Kelly Doherty will be doing something possibly a bit more flashy if advanced promo photos are any indicator. Reconstruc...
08.14.2014 | | Posted at 04:02 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Uprooted Theatre will be hosting Robby McGhee for its cabaret series in September. The comedy/musical theatre talent will be performing the show, which will be a musical journey through the final decade of last century.The performance takes place at the Next Act Theatre, which will also host McGhee’s production of The Last Five Years at the end of 2014. McGhee is a very industrious talent who ha...
05.17.2012 | | Posted at 03:31 PM

Uprooted Stages World Premiere of a piece by Caleen Sinnette Jennings

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The theatre year continues to transition from the standard season to the summer as Uprooted stages its latest. Caleen Sinnette Jennings; Hair, Nails & Dress makes its debut here. A longtime professor at American University in Washington D.C., Jennings has had work published and staged both adult works and children's fare.  She'd received a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Center for her work.�...
08.02.2011 | | Posted at 11:44 AM

A look back from the leading 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 . . . November 2010 This past Nove...
04.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:53 AM

Playwright Neil Haven’s latest is a complicated contemporary domestic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Neil Haven’s work has been an interesting and uneven mix. From the heartwarming holiday show Who Killed Santa? to a cleverly-constructed comedy about an agoraphobic elevator operator, Haven’s work has an enjoyable energy about it. My wife and I still occasionally talk about a comic short he wrote for Pink Banana Theatre featuring a group of ducks in a fountain in Las Vegas. Ha...
01.19.2010 | | Posted at 06:06 PM

Tennessee Williams’ Classic Hits the Tenth Street Theatre for One Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s all too easy to get the impression that Tennessee Williams’ classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire is a bit overrated. Very few modern plays have the kind of longevity and high profile awarded the story of Stella, Stanley and Blanche. Having seen a staging of it in the past couple of years, its status as a classic is undeniable. If the 65 year-old play feels at all cliché it’s becau...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Straight Lines and Right Angles At A Rep Inaugural Party

By Russ Bickerstaff
The exterior architecture at the Harley Museum (and much of what I’d seen in select places inside) is dominated by straight lines and right angles. This is a bit odd considering the company’s image is so defined by beautiful curves and skews. I was there last night for my first of two events of the evening—a formal welcome party for Mark Clements: the new Artistic Director of the Milwauke...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Theater Preview

This week sees the debut of a new Milwaukee theater group, Uprooted, an African-American company introducing itself with a staging of the one-woman drama Beauty's Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith. An extended monologue about a woman trying to transcend the ghetto, Orlandersmith's 1995 drama speaks with a poet's tongue...