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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
One day after thanksgiving, a respectable crowd attended opening night of Joseph Hanreddy’s last time directing The Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol as Artistic Director. (And, honestly, there’s a good chance that this is the last time he’s going to direct the show for the Rep.)  The annual show turns up on the stage of the historic Pabst Theatre just a bit different from the way it was...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Rep and First Stage open the Holiday Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee stage holidays begin tonight with a pair of big, iconic openings downtown.  Two shows opening about a block apart from each other is far from being the insane flurry of openings next week. The two shows opening this week are however noteworthy in that they’re both probably the biggest, best funded local theatrical Holiday shows this side of the Milwaukee Ballet’s annual Nutcrack...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Four Comedies Open On The Edge of the Holiday Theatre Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
The local theatre season concludes its journey to the holidays this weekend. For me, this is the last great stop before the deceptively easy challenge of covering all of the holiday shows—quite a few of which are repeats of shows from previous years, including Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, Neil Haven’s Who Killed A Santa? and the Rep’s long-running production of A Chri...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Straight Lines and Right Angles At A Rep Inaugural Party

By Russ Bickerstaff
The exterior architecture at the Harley Museum (and much of what I’d seen in select places inside) is dominated by straight lines and right angles. This is a bit odd considering the company’s image is so defined by beautiful curves and skews. I was there last night for my first of two events of the evening—a formal welcome party for Mark Clements: the new Artistic Director of the Milwauke...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A Couple Of Announcements From Behind The Curtain

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Next High-End Import The Milwaukee Rep has announced its new Artistic Director Mark Clements. Here’s video of him talking in a big leather chair: A British citizen, Clements has worked extensively both in the U.K. and the US. He comes to Milwaukee having served as Artistic Director of the Derby Playhouse in England. He’d also served as Associate Director for the Royal Th...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
...Milwaukee's theater scene provides programming for tastes that run from classic to eclectic. The Milwaukee Rep features it all within its three spaces-the Quadracci Powerhouse, the more intimate Stiemke Theater and the Stackner Cabaret (featuring musical revues). Next Act Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre focus on character-driven plays. Then there's Boulevard Theatre, always giving a break to local talent thanks to Artistic Director/resident funny guy Mark Bucher. When it comes to children's theater, First Stage provides a wide variety of entertainment...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Solarand Multimedia is an organization committed to creating and promoting culture and arts in Wisconsin and the Midwest Great Lakes region. Ron Schaefer, an independent filmmaker with a staggering 19 films in his repertoire, spearheads the group. With its recently announced Spring Fling Series on Tuesday evenings...
04.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Last night I made it to a preview performance of The Rep’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. It’s the classic turn of the century tale of a family estate passing out of the family’s hands. The Rep production stars a fair majority of the Rep’s Resident Acting Company. As I was seeing a preview performance, I’d decided to focus more on set, lighting and sound design in my...
04.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This Week: A Bluesman, A Rock Star and Sherlock Holmes Next Week: 9 shows open.   It’s the regular season, which means that there are more than a dozen shows opening this month. This week marks the second in a row with only a couple of shows opening—Milwaukee Rep’s  I Just Stopped By To See The Man and Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre’s staged old-timey radio reading of Sherlock Holmes on ...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tonight @ The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 7:30 p.m.

The Rolling Stones were named after a song by bluesman Muddy Waters, who also inspired the Yardbirds. It's well known that blues music formed one of the main roots of rock 'n' roll, but the connection has rarely been covered in contemporary drama. British author Stephen Jeffreys' 2000 stage play I Just Stopped By to See the Man explores the effect of the blues on rock with fictitious characters based on a very real history. The Milwaukee...

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