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11.09.2014 | 81 days ago | Posted at 02:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Dale Gutzman’s Off the Wall Theatre brings an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien to life this month. From Boris Karloff to Robert DeNiro, there have been countless interpretations of the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein in cinema over the years. The Off the Wall staging in one of the most intimate theaters in town features Off the Wall regular Jeremy Welter playing the role in an ada...
10.19.2014 | 102 days ago | Posted at 03:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Angry Young Men Limited has announced kind of a shocking bit of news recently. Their ever-popular Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show which has been something of a long-stranding local theater tradition will meet its final performance this coming Thursday, Oct. 30. Zombie puppets attack in the ever-clever scene-for-scene puppet spoof of George Romero’s deliciously public domain classic. It i...
09.16.2014 | 135 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I realize that it’s a classic of horror cinema, but I could never get into Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Carrie. Maybe it’s the fact that Sissy Spacek just didn’t feel right in the role for me. Or maybe it’s the fact that I really don’t like the overall aesthetic of most 1970s horror movies. In anticipation of the upcoming local musical production of Carrie I recently watche...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
 An instrumental Italian progressive-rock band with a cumbersome history and a cult following, Goblin built its vast reputation largely by composing scores for iconic horror films in the 1970s. Yet longtime keyboardist Maurizio Guarini prefers sci-fi movies
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Milwaukee novelist reflects on the ‘Me Decade’

 I don’t know why retired Milwaukee pathologist Reuben Eisenstein decided to set his debut novella during the 1970s, but the choice was spot on. Date Certain takes place in the post-Vietnam War, post-Watergate, post-’60s-activism Carter years—a period of national apathy and
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 Aaron Kopec's horror stories at the Alchemist Theatre have collected quite a rogues' gallery over the years. Past villains have included Dracula, Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. This fall, Kopec delves into less familiar...
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
Witchcraft, war, murder and romance abound in The Orphanmaster, the debut novel by Jean Zimmerman. Set in 1663 New Amsterdam (present-day Manhattan), The Orphanmaster tells the story of orphaned Blandine van Couvering...