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09.15.2014 | 18 hours ago | Posted at 04:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
UniverSoul celebrates 20 years in existence with a performance a tour that comes to town this month. The multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts makes it to the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis Sept. 17 - 21. What had started as a dream to put together a single evening of entertainment for a full family continues into its third decade with ...
09.14.2014 | 43 hours ago | Posted at 03:36 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This October, Old World Wisconsin hosts all three installments of rising actress/playwright Liz Shipe’s Sherlock Holmes trilogy. Originally stage in the historic Brumder Mansion in three distinct stagings, Old World Wisconsin will be staging all three in consecutive weekends.Shipe wrote and directed the series, which is being stages with nearly everyone who appeared in the original cast. The two...
09.13.2014 | 65 hours ago | Posted at 05:48 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The weekend of Oct. 10 is going to be very, very busy with openings. I’ve been trying to negotiate my own personal schedule to see a couple of shows. This is one that I really hope that I can make time for.On a very busy week, Theatrical Tendencies opens its staging of the contemporary romantic drama Next  Fall. The Geoffrey Nauffts play debuted in 2010. The Theatrical Tendencies production...
09.12.2014 | 3 days ago | Posted at 05:45 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while back, there was an immersive dramatic storytelling experience that settled into the Charles Allis Art Museum. The opening of UNIS: The Origin of the Unicorn was a presentation of a new art exhibit featuring actors in character talking about a fictitious Unicorn expedition that they went on. The art show has run its course and the actors are returning for a repeat presentation as the...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Shepherd Express Arts Guide covers the entire fine arts season, September 2014 through June 2015. Longtime readers of our local arts coverage won’t be surprised at the number and diversity of performing arts groups in Milwaukee or the museums with regular visual arts
09.10.2014 | 5 days ago | Posted at 06:46 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Good Father sounds quite promising. It seems to be in the process of being crafted under some of the most clever conditions in which to develop a remarkably heartfelt romantic drama. Jonathan Wainwright and Laura Gray are the only two actors in the production. The romantic drama will live through the two of them on one of the more intimate stages in ...
09.09.2014 | 6 days ago | Posted at 05:10 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Early next month, the Falls Patio Players present Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. The Leslie Darbon adaptation of the 1950 crime novel features the beloved Miss Marple in a cozy residential setting. It was Christie’s 50th book. It was quite a success having been translated into a number of different languages. (In Norway it is known as An Invitation To Murder, which actually sounds od...
09.08.2014 | 7 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’m actually kind of proud of myself for not understanding the joke at first. It’s a stand-up comedy, sketch and variety show produced by women. (Lisan Wood and Liza Marie to be precise.) And it’s called The Ragtime Variety Hour. Took me a while to get the joke. Cute. And classy at the same time while still being vulgar. Unless of course I’m superimposing my own latently childish sense of ...
09.06.2014 | 9 days ago | Posted at 04:25 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It started-off as a one-panel comic strip in The New Yorker, but no one thinks of it like that. Years later it was the subject of a couple of feature films, but people don’t necessarily remember those as well either. The Addams Family is probably best-known as a TV series that aired from 1964 to 1966 before being immortalized through syndicated repetition. If you’ve seen even a couple of episo...

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