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06.06.2010 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

An Evening With Sketch Comedy Group Broadminded

By Russ Bickerstaff
Earlier this summer, really really far away from Milwaukee, film producer Lorne Michaels released a $10 million comedy, which appears as though it will fall about $2 million short of breaking even. One does not have to go to that kind of trouble to entertain people with a couple of hours’ worth of comedy.�Comedy is people. Put the right people onstage--four particularly interesting women, for e...
06.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:29 AM

Alchemist Theatre presents a new show by a pair of Milwaukeeans Living In Chicago

By Russ Bickerstaff
Judging from what’s available on his website, self-described neologist Nicholas Cialdini is a prolific playwright with a charming sense of humor. His work plays with intellectual pop culture in a refreshingly innovative way. I say this without having seen any of his stuff actually staged, but that will soon be rectified, as Cialdini has a show opening here in Milwaukee. While we won’t get su...
05.29.2010 | | Posted at 07:40 AM

Alchemist’s CLOSET LAND Taps The Dramatic Appeal of Incarceration

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a few weeks, the Alchemist Theatre opens its production of Radha Bharadwaj’s Closetland.�Set entirely in a cell, the play follows the interrogation of a children’s book author (played by Jenna Wetzel) by a mysterious authority figure (played by Aaron Kopec.) The stage play is adapted by Bharadwaj from the screenplay of her 1991 film starring Madeline Stowe and Alan Rickman. It should be in...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theater Review

Georges Bizet’s Carmen, based on a novella by a largely unknown author, offers a convoluted plot that naturally lends itself to comedy. Local author/director Charles Sommers brilliantly delivers on this comic potential in Wisconsin Hybrid...
04.26.2010 | | Posted at 11:46 PM

Kopec and Company Looking To Fill Murder Castle

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � Jack The Ripper. David Berkowitz—the Son of Sam. The Hillside Strangler. The Zodiac Killer. The name Herman Mudgett doesn’t often come to mind along with names of the worlds most infamous serial killers, but the most prolific killers in history have very mundane names like Luis Garavito—Colombia’s “monster of the Andes,” and Dr. Harold Shipman—England’s “Dr. Death.” With a...
04.13.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 AM

Patrick Schmitz’s Latest Isotope

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s a very, very busy week ahead. There’s a big, fluffy musical coming to the Marcus Center. There's a one-weekend only staging of The Vagina Monologues. Dale Gutzman has a new show opening just down the street from it that sounds considerably darker. Milwaukee Chamber has a comedy that’s probably considerably darker than that opening at the Broadway Theatre center. The Sunset Playhouse ...
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tonight @ The Alchemist Theatre, 3:30 p.m.

In the Alchemist Theatre’s production of Vince Figueroa’s comedy 8-Bit Warrior, Rob Maass plays Will Davies, a young man unsure of what to do with his life. He doesn’t have a purpose outside of the arcade. Anne Graff LaDisa...
03.26.2010 | | Posted at 07:01 PM

Fun Retro ‘80’s Comedy At The Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Vince Figueroa’s 8 Bit Warrior has been a comedy that I’ve been looking forward to for  while. Honestly, I’m not exactly sure what I expected but the premise sounded interesting. What little had been released about the show early-on sounded like fun, though. It’s a huge relief that Figueroa’s comic tribute to the pop culture of the 1980’s didn’t suck. It’s an even bigger relie...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Theater Preview

Video games have undeniably impacted contemporary culture, and this week a new comedy pays tribute to the era that gave rise to darkened arcades all over the country. The second new show to debut in as many weeks, Vince Figueroa’s 8-Bit Warrior is more than a nostalgic look at classic video games. It’s also a 1980s-style pop comedy...
02.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:04 AM

The sketch group rehearses the night before the opening of CONFESSIONS.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Very Busy What with things being as busy as they are this weekend, it was nice to get invited to local sketch group Broadminded’s latest show. What with things being as busy as they are this weekend, I could not, however, attend either Friday or Saturday night’s performances. The group was nice enough to let me sit in on last night’s rehearsal. I’d gone there straight from a meeting with...