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01.31.2010 | | Posted at 01:17 PM

The Alchemist Theatre Presents Improv During Super Bowl

By Russ Bickerstaff
Admit it. The Super Bowl is intensely boring. Beyond the flashy ads and slickly polished production design of one of the most-watched sports games in the world, the game itself is usually quite boring. The NFC Championship game is the real end of the post-season. The Super Bowl is perfunctory--the final number at the end of the long, complex equation that is an NFL season. A couple of hours after ...
01.26.2010 | | Posted at 05:28 PM

New Play Pays Tribute to Video Games and ‘80’s Culture

By Russ Bickerstaff
I first walked into a video arcade when I was too short to reach the console. They used to have milk crates for us grade schoolers to stand, giving us just enough height to reach the joystick or trackball. Growing up without religion on Sunday mornings, I always had the glowing altar of games like Galaga, Gyrus, Spy Hunter and Sinistar to stand-in for any kind of formal belief system. The video a...
01.22.2010 | | Posted at 06:14 PM

Youngblood’s 2nd Season Opens With An interesting Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter is a provocative exploration into the nature of human intimacy and the emotional end of sexuality. Though the plot is remarkably well constructed and there are some really brilliant bits of dialogue, the play’s action and its allegorical nature are ultimately very, very unsatisfying. That being said, Youngblood’s production of the drama, running now through Fe...
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Theater Preview

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...

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