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Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
 Willy Russell's 1980 drama Educating Rita is a sharply clever look at two ends of the same culture in England. It reflects across the Atlantic with a perspective that is every bit as sharp here as over there. Renaissance
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spike Lee versus Clint Eastwood

I am an unabashed admirer of Spike Lee movies, especially Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). His achievements as a director are among the most notable of the last 20 years. Thus, I took to heart Lee’s recent criticism of Clint Eastwood for failing to use black actors in Flags of Our Fathers and its companion piece, Letters from Iwo Jima (both 2006). In fact, some 900 blacks participated in this bloody World War II battle, including my late uncle, Lonnie Brake, a U.S. Marine from Milwaukee. On the whole, though, Eastwood has an admirable record . . .
04.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the world premiere of local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s Eureka!--a coming of age romantic buddy comedy set on the East Side of Milwaukee. With less than a week to go before opening night, I had an opportunity to talk to the cast about the play, Milwaukee and various bits of nonsense prior to a Wednesday night rehearsal. Much of the conversation was rec...
02.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
REMEMBER: IT’S AN OPENING NIGHT—NOT A PRESS JUNKETIt’s always an interesting crowd at the opening night of a Milwaukee Shakespeare show. Opening night of Twelfth Night was no exception, though it was taking place far from the heart of the theatre district. The Wilson Center was swimming in actors—more so than normally attend the average opening-night performance. During intermission, my wi...

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