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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
 Director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) sets William Shakespeare’s deathless comedy of romance as a sparring contest in a contemporary mode but without sacrificing the words. The Shakespearean dialogue sounds natural coming from a cast as unaffected as that of a
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
It's widely assumed that legendary author William Shakespeare must have led a remarkable life. Given what we know about him, you'd think that being married to the man must have been remarkable as well. As it turns out, that may not be the case...
05.24.2012 | | Posted at 07:08 AM

World's Stage Theatre hosts a two-night reading of selected works of Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Things appear ton e getting lined-up for quite a lot of Shakespeare this summer in various attractive places around greater Milwaukee. The new show by World's Stage Theatre joins a summer with two outdoor Shakespeare stagings this summer. Hosted by World's Stage's Gretchen Mahkorn, Desire Is Death is a program featuring scenes and sonnets about love and the usual sorts of Shakespearian comp...
04.01.2012 | | Posted at 07:22 AM

Off The Wall’s Latest Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The fun thing about Shakespeare is its multiplicity. Each show has at least two or three sets of characters in various plot entanglements. If one end of a production isn’t doing terribly well, there’s invariably some other end of it that’s remarkable. And so it is that Off The Wall Theatre takes a journey into The Tempest. One of my personal favorites, I’ve never really been satis...
02.18.2011 | | Posted at 05:01 PM

Shakespeares Heroines Talk Visit Wauwatosa

By Russ Bickerstaff
    A couple of local stages will be visited by Shakespeare�s heroines this month. One weekend before UWM�s Labworks exploration into Shakespeare�s women (The Second Best Bed February 25th-March 6th,) the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa presents Juliet Elliot McDonald�s In Juliet�s Garden�a light comedy centered around a conversation between Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona over lunch. I...
02.18.2011 | | Posted at 06:08 AM

The Waukesha Civic Theatre is looking to cast TWELFTH NIGHT

By Russ Bickerstaff
As Shakespearian shipwreck stories go, Twelfth Night is arguably one of the most fun. A complex mix-up of mistaken identities involving love, (requited and otherwise,) it’s a lot of fun for audience and ensemble alike. Early next week, The Waukesha Civic Theatre  is looking to cast a production of the show that will run May 6th-22nd. A consummate community theatre, WCT casts entirely from au...
02.15.2011 | | Posted at 06:43 AM

Six Pirandello Characters wander around with Shakespeare's classic in February

By Russ Bickerstaff
Someone recently asked me which shows I�ve seen more productions of than any other. The easy answer to that has got to be A Midsummer Night�s Dream. Y�know�the romantic comedy by William Shakespeare. I�ve seen that oh-so-weird collision of romance between fairies and Athenians in two different outdoor productions�one on a beautifully minimal set in Spring Green with the APT�another in a deep wood...
11.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:37 PM

Hanging out with a King, his three daughters and a sack of potatoes

By Russ Bickerstaff
Walking in on a Theatre Gigante�production opening night is always kind of like opening a present. As the company does almost exclusively premieres of new material, one never knows what to expect. Walking in on The Lears, the set feels like a surprisingly satisfying video installation by Iain Court. The space looks like a stylized version of the inside of someone�s head�a massive video projec...
10.19.2010 | | Posted at 05:31 PM

Goats & Monkeys presents a reading of A Possible Shakespeare Play

By Russ Bickerstaff
A little over 100 years after the death of Shakespeare, a playwright by the name of Lewis Theobald adapted a script for the (then) contemporary thought to have originally been written by Shakespeare. Cardenio was originally performed in 1613. Theobalds’ Double Falsehood originally appeared in 1727. Contemporaries refuted the claim that it was based on something originally written by Shakespear...
09.24.2010 | | Posted at 03:45 PM

Ensemble Compensates On An off Opening Night For Petruchio

By Russ Bickerstaff
There was a crispness to the early autumn air south of downtown. It was opening night of Carte Blanche’s�Studios’�somewhat stylish staging of The Taming of the Shrew. As things began to get rolling, it became apparent that Mike Keiley was having an off night. The distinct style of his stage presence was visible through a somewhat low-energy performance. There were extended moments where Keil...