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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Touring Production of Annie comes December 18 - 19

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere in the midst of the flurry of holiday shows on local stages this month a touring production of Annie comes to town.  Though Christmas (and FDR) figure quite prominently in the classic 1977 musical, the show isn’t exactly what people think of when they think of the holidays. And so, another alternative to traditional holiday fare arrives in town in the form of a huge –budget theatri...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

California’s Hinterlands Comes To Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
Founded in California this past May, experimental theatre group Hinterlands will be emerging next year with a four show season that Runs from January to November 2010. The group was co-founded by Marquette graduate Brian Moore, who began his professional career here with groups like Theatre X and Bialystock and Bloom. Since then, he’s traveled quite a distance. He has returned to Milwaukee with ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Company Looking for Scenes

By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre co-founder Tracy Doyle sent out an email late yesterday morning requesting scenes for a show about deals with a devil. The "demon bargain" show will evidently be an “open source,” tapestry of such scenes. Those submitting scenes won’t own them. No one will. All authors whose scenes get accepted will get credit for them. That’s the bargain. Cute. Those interested i...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Patrick Schmitz’s Christmas Comedy Sold Out At the Alchemist Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
Now in its second year, Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer has sold out the entire remainder of its run at the Alchemist Theatre. The show, which runs for the next two weekends has quite a few performances remaining. There are late-night show and matinees as well as the standard evening shows. There are currently has no seats available for advance purchase at the Alchemist Th...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  It was my last show before a weekend with the APT . . . a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that Carte Blanche Studios. And., as usual, there wasn’t room in the print review to mention everything . . . here are a few impressions that didn’t make it into a far more concise review of the show . . . (and some that might’ve.)--Clayton Hamburg’s Puck looks and moves exactly t...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Vanity Theatre's 2 Christmas Readings

By Russ Bickerstaff
Vanity Theatre, which recently performed a staged reading of a drama set on a family farm, brings another staged reading to the Tenth Street Theatre next Monday and Tuesday. Yuletide is playwright Erik Ebarp’s take on the holidays follows the story of the Wikströms--a Swedish family gathering for the upcoming holiday. Their plans are unwittingly effected by a pair of spirits who have their own ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Indie Theatre Comedy Returns This Year in a New Venue

By Russ Bickerstaff
Now in its second year, Neil Haven’s holiday comedy Who Killed Santa? is being staged in separate productions in Milwaukee and Denver, Colorado. The appeal of the play is difficult to define. On the surface, the premise sounds kind of disinteresting—Santa Claus is murdered at a Holiday party attended by Christmas characters including Rudolph, Frosty, Tiny Tim and the Little Drummer Boy. Dar...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Patrick Schmitz's Christmas Comedy Enters Its Second Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s the little touches that keep an annual Christmas show fresh from year to year. This year, prior to performances of Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, patrons have an opportunity to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a head elf in the Alchemist Theatre Bar. Santa’s played here as he is in the show—by comic talent Nick Firer. True to form, the char...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Soulstice Theatre Opens Non-Holiday Show This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
Most of the rest of this season’s local live Christmas shows are opening this weekend. (John McGivern’s annual show at the Off—Broadway Theatre doesn’t open until mid-month, just about every other local show opens this weekend.) And having reached the home stretch of Christmas openings, I’m looking forward to one of the few shows opening this weekend that has nothing to do with the holid...

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