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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
Playwright Steve Yockey envisions oppression as a tyrannical child ruling her toys with an iron fist. The idea has some merit. Yockey’s story, titled Cartoon, receives a staging this month courtesy of Youngblood Theatre.
08.30.2012 | | Posted at 07:10 AM

Patrick Schmitz out, Matt Koester In

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Advanced art forum coming theatrical shows is always interesting. The poster images that a theatre company uses to sell its upcoming season are worked out well in advance of final decisions on set and costuming and such . . . and that's particularly strange where it involves actual photographs of actual people . . . quite often characters are represented by models . . . cast lists get annou...
08.22.2012 | | Posted at 07:10 AM

Youngblood celebrates a new season at Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe

By Russ Bickerstaff
  One of the final groups to announce its season, Youngblood Theatre  is doing a couple of shows that sound really interesting in 2012-2013. It celebrates the announcement and the coming season with a launch party on Sunday, September 9th at Transfer Pizzeria on 101 West Mitchell Street. The $20 admission will allow attendees music, drinks, food and more. The money goes to help produce the show...
04.30.2012 | | Posted at 11:48 PM

Youngblood Theatre puts a few quarters into NEIGHBORHOOD 3

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Premise So the idea behind the play is pretty simple: You've got an artificial subdivision where all the houses look alike and all the families kind of look alike. The kids are playing this horror game on X-Box that uses GPS satellite imagery to scan their actual neighborhood and turn it into a horrorscape environment for a zombie dystopian game. They have to kill people who look a lit lik...
03.14.2012 | | Posted at 01:00 AM

UW Parkside and Youngblood take turns staging Jennifer Haley drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
People who should know better referred to it as being, ‘like a nifty episode of The Twilight Zone.’ (That was Variety magazine.) “Niftiness” aside, Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3L Requisition of Doom has a very definite appeal. The premise is kind of cute: Somewhere in suburbia, a group of teens get into a horror game—kind of sounds like a first-person shooter with zombies. And as i...
03.02.2012 | | Posted at 09:52 AM

Well over 1,000 words on Youngblood’s new show. (All of them more or less in order.)

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro: The Personal Stuff Youngblood’s latest show is about a pair of people going through inpatient therapy. They’re psychologically disjointed people. Youngblood Theatre company has a tendency to take things off center and find stages away from traditional venues. I like this about them. I’ll joke with Michael Cotey about it on occasion. (At least I think that’s what we’re doing.) A...
02.11.2012 | | Posted at 06:47 AM

Youngblood Presents Flu Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
There's an old hospital space on the east side. My wife was bon there. The building has recently been purchased by UWM. I’ve been to the medical complex there to visit friends on a number of different occasions for a number of different reasons. And now Youngblood Theatre is using the building’s cafeteria for a staging of a play set in a hospital. Sort of. Weird. Will Eno’s Flu Season is ...
08.13.2011 | | Posted at 06:10 PM


By Russ Bickerstaff
Youngblood Theatre opened its first of two August shows last night. Rajiv Joseph’s intimate two-person romantic drama Gruesome Playground Injuries is being staged at UWM’s Kenilworth Studio Theatre, Rob Maass and Tess Cinpinski play Doug and Kayleen—two people who meet in a school nurse’s office at the age of 8 and keep running into each other through the attraction of injury, sympathy ...
08.04.2011 | | Posted at 10:08 AM

A look back at the last theatre years from the 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 . . . May 2011 May of 2011 was ...
07.26.2011 | | Posted at 10:38 AM

The people who brought you APOLOGY, SPIRITS TO ENFORCE and RED LIGHT WINTER open TWO shows next month

By Russ Bickerstaff
Hard to believe that Youngblood Theatre is now celebrating its second summer already. Founded by UWM Theatre grads, the company that debuted in July of 2009 with no less than three shows in the same month has done a total of 9 shows in total. They’ve recently announced their next two—both of which will be opening in August. Their first show in August is the Milwaukee premiere of promising n...