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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

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As impressive as big stages are, the emotion of live theater thrives on a smaller stage. For that reason, smaller theater companies would better serve a production like Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. After all, a script featuring sex, nudity and the emotional turbulence of human intimacy would be tricky for a big theater company for a variety of reasons...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Sketch Comedy Show At Alchemist Theatre Early Next Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
Of all the theatrical genres, comedy is probably the simplest. It’s also one of the most challenging. Laughter is the easiest reaction to try to attain in an audience. You know right away whether or not you’re successful. At the same time, silence can be ominous and really painful to have to sit through onstage as an actor. Improv can be really responsive to the silence and often involves com...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Youngblood Begins Rehearsals For January Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Youngblood Theatre  mentioned on Facebook this past Thursday that it was beginning rehearsals for its January show Red Light Winter. Written by Adam Rapp, the play is about a pair of young, American guys who share a “window prostitute,” in Amsterdam. The play has met with considerable acclaim, being nominated for a 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Rapp insists the play is NOT autobiographical, though it...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

There Should Be More Shows Matthew Belopavlovich’s

By Russ Bickerstaff
Matthew Belopavlovich’s Leaving The Ring is being performed early on in the week during some of the coldest days of the year. It seems unlikely that the show in its second night will draw huge crowds—a lamentable situation which solidly marks it as one of those entertaining little shows not many people will see—a fun fraction of an evening in the shadows of a theatre curtain between bigger m...
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

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

This Weekend Two Holiday Spoofs Open A Handfull of Paces Away From Each Other

By Russ Bickerstaff
There is something intrinsically irreverent about the holiday season. Christians are quick to point out the commercialism that has hijacked the holy day, leading people astray from the “true meaning,” of the holiday season. They do so having forgotten that the Christian use of the holiday was itself a hijacking of the original pagan celebration it helped to wipe-out.  Jesus Christ is a brand ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Vampires, Zombie Puppets, Murder and the Ghost of Hamlet's Father

By Russ Bickerstaff
Halloween is probably the most theatrical of the holidays. More costumes are bought this time of year than any other. People go off to parties in character. And countless people all over the country who wouldn’t normally consider themselves theatergoers head off to see the strange bit of live pseudo-folk theatre known as the great American haunted house in tiny little productions that pop-up all...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Village Playhouse Stages Shorts On South Kinnickinnic

By Russ Bickerstaff
As much as I try to diversify my coverage, there are a few names that are so active in local theatre that it ends up being kind of difficult to avoid them if I’m honestly trying to cover everything that’s going on. This year, UWM is a good example . . . they’ve already had collaborations with both Youngblood Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber this month. They have a full season of shows coming-u...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

Oct 15 - Nov 7

Perfect for the Halloween season! Also the perfect start or finish for your Halloween night! Join the party in the adjacent Bay View Lounge before or after witnessing the horror of Dracula at 7:30 or Midnight...

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