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07.25.2014 | 6 hours ago | Posted at 05:12 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a Stephen King book about a girl who uses telekinesis to exact revenge on her high school. Perfect subject for a musical, right? Actually, it was only about a dozen years after the publication of the book that the story was adapted into musical format. The 1988 production didn’t make much of a run on Broadway. There was a subsequent revival that made it Off-Broadway a couple of years ago....
07.25.2014 | 6 hours ago | Posted at 05:09 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre is playing host to one of the most ambitious new works projects of the coming theater season with its New York Stories Trilogy. Set in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, the trilogy. In its entirety, the trilogy runs from March 12 of next year through the following June 11.Another Tale of Eddie is the story of grifter Eddie Valentine. It opens March 11. The King of Pop looks ...
07.23.2014 | 54 hours ago | Posted at 05:06 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Costume designers don’t always get enough credit. It’s easy enough to casually mention how nice a particular bit of costuming is in the course of writing a review without even bothering to mention the name of the person who developed it. At the end of the month, the Skylight Music Theatre casts a little attention in the direction of the designer for their upcoming production of Rossini’s Cin...
07.22.2014 | 3 days ago | Posted at 05:04 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program allows a diverse group of teens to get together, write and produce an original theater piece. There really need to be more programs like this. Theater is a living, breathing thing. Giving those who are new to the stage an opportunity to really open up to it does all kinds of good things for them and the local culture as a whole.The four week program ends wi...
07.21.2014 | 4 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Lanford Wilson comedy Talley’s Folly is a strikingly good fit for outdoor theatre in the summer. There is so much about next month’s production with Summerstage that sounds like a really, really fun trip out of town for an evening.First of all, there is the play: it’s a one-act comedy set in a gazebo-like outdoor structure in Missouri in July of 1944. The play is staged a little bit late...
07.20.2014 | 5 days ago | Posted at 08:00 AM

Off The Wall Theatre offers a tense take on "Rope"

By Russ Bickerstaff
Physical comfort in summer theater can be a rather tricky thing to negotiate. I’d recently mentioned being physically uncomfortable at a show in a review. That show was in a mosquito-infested barn. It was hot. It was uncomfortable. It was Animal Farm. This past Friday night I was at a show at the Off the Wall Theatre that was more physically uncomfortable than a mosquito-infested barn. It’s ho...
07.19.2014 | 6 days ago | Posted at 07:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Those milling about certain blocks in downtown Milwaukee might expect to run into a professional performer or two during the regular theater season. There will be an unusually high concentration of talent in and around the Broadway Theatre Center on the afternoon of July 22 as Renaissance Theaterworks hosts the Broadway Theatre Center Auditions.The auditions aren’t open to the general public. Th...

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