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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

A cannabis comedy

If you smoke dope too often and for too long, you'll wind up acting like one-a dope, that is. The comedy Smiley Face is a day in the discombobulated life of Jane, a twentysomething pothead and wannabe actress who can't face the morning, or the afternoon and evening, without sucking on her bong. Her already precarious grip on everyday reality slips away entirely when she accidentally gobbles down a half-dozen pot-laced cupcakes in her refrigerator. Jane panics, not because the buzz inside her brain has grown louder than ever, but because . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

A comedy of drama

Satire always needs a target, and the funniest satires usually have several. Hamlet 2 shoots widely but aims mostly at one social problem and one personality type.
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

While many of the nation’s top critics used their dismissive reviews of the new comedy House Bunny to lament the unfortunate career of its star, Anna Faris, a few nodded to Smiley Face, the barely released 2007 stoner comedy that screens tonight at the UWM Union Theatre at 7 p.m., as one of the few films that . . .
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

While many of the nation’s top critics used their dismissive reviews of the new comedy House Bunny to lament the unfortunate career of its star, Anna Faris, a few nodded to Smiley Face, the barely released 2007 stoner comedy that screens tonight at the UWM Union Theatre at 7 p.m., as one of the few films that . . .
08.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The third annual Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Fest ended with an exhaustive three-program day that saw the stage at the Off-Broadway Theatre more or less occupied for something like 6 hours. That’s a lot of program . . . 4:30 pm Family-Friendly Matinee Four different groups featuring underage talent performed for a relatively light and healthy matinee audience. UnrelatedChicago comedy actor Aaron...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Theater Reviews

The Third Annual Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival found a cozy, new home this year as more than 20 groups made it to the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre over the course of three days. Busy festival-founder Matt Kemple slowed down enough to introduce almost every act to enthusiastic audiences that nearly packed the theater each evening. Groups from Chicago dominated the line-up with one coming from as far away as Kentucky, but this year there was at least one group from Milwaukee in each program. The festival opened Thursday with a high-energy evening featuring local group Track Jacket Revue performing a few sketchy
08.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The second day of the sketch fest was set for quite a bit more show than the opening day. Three distinct programs ran roughly 7pm last night through 1 am this morning. Though the audience thinned-out by the end of the day, the crowd for the bulk of the evening seemed only slightly thinner than opening night. Here are the highlights:7:30pm Show: RoboctopusDay two opened with the second grou...
08.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The lobby of the 342 North Water Street Building appeared to be under heavy construction. The stairs and much of the rest of the lobby were behind caution tape. It took a trip to the elevators to get to the Off-Broadway Theatre on the second floor, bringing attendees to the first evening of this year’s Milwaukee’s Sketch and Improv Comedy Fest perilously close to the distinctive smell of hair ...
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Today @ the Off-Broadway Theatre

More than a dozen out-of-state comedy troupes descend upon the city this weekend as part of the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival, which runs through Saturday with multiple performances at the Off-Broadway Theatre. The festival also features a video comedy showcase and improv jams that pair . . .

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