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08.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The American Folklore Theatre has established quite a reputation for itself over the years. The rather narrow genre of Wisconsin-based musical comedy is now approaching its 40th year in existence. The theatre company that brought the world Guys On Ice, Lumberjacks In Love and Cheeseheads The Musical opens another Wisconsin-themed musical next week as it presents the world premiere of Guys And Doe...
06.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The stage was empty but for a few chairs. When the show started, two guys in some approximation of business casual walked out and introduced themselves. Lee Rowley and Rick Katschke—improv comics. It was their first in a pair of performances this month at the Alchemist Theatre—this one right after a ‘70’s theme party in the attached bar. It was a relatively packed house with a demographic ...
02.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Every now and again, I’ll write something for blog or print that’s almost exclusively for my wife. Usually it’s a stray sentence or two, but this whole entry is written with her in mind. She’s a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice. Yesterday the Milwaukee Rep announced the cast and crew for its upcoming production of a stage version of the Jane Austen novel. Owing to the fact that there are pr...
12.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Prior to the opening of Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, the show's writer/director/co-producer Patrick Schmitz had voiced the thought that he may be a “one trick pony.” With no other plans to work on another feature-length play at any point in the future, Rudolph may be Schmitz’s only trick, but it’s a rather clever one.A parody of the Rankin and Bass stop motion animated TV specials of t...