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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...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A Patchwork Darkness In Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre’s production of Dracula: The Undead is hugely entertaining. The thing is--it's every bit as inconsistent in quality as it is entertaining. Every aspect of the production from acting to pacing to overall design and everything in between is so breathtakingly inconsistent in quality as to make the production feel disjointed, disorienting and completely incohesive. Bits of i...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Intimate Vampire Show Opens Tonight

By Russ Bickerstaff
As I recall, it was a bout a year ago that the Alchemist Theatre announced it would be staging a production of Dracula: The Undead. And it was about a year ago that I spoke to the Alchemist’s Aaron Kopec about the show. As I recall, Kopec told me he’d read Bram Stoker’s original novel a long time ago . . . from a really old copy that he’d had for years. Now he’s staging a production that...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Unconventional Comedy In A Familiar Format

By Russ Bickerstaff
When I was talking with local playwright/comedy guy  Patrick Schmitz last week, he’d invited me to a show that I will be unable to make it to this coming Sunday. It’s kind of a big disappointment that I can’t make it. Schmitz’s work teaching improv with First Stage Children’s Theatre has been really successful in the past . . . his most prominent success being Organized Chaos--the perfo...
09.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I was a bit uncertain of what to expect when going in to see the world-premiere opening of new Jason Powell musical at the Alchemist Theatre last night. The overall idea of Invader? I Hardly Know Her! sounds like a lot of fun, but it also sounds very ambitious. A cheesy sci-fi musical is a really refreshing idea precisely because it’s NOT the type of thing that usually makes it to the stage i...

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