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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

This Weekend, Local Stages Will Be Visited By Four Scrooges

By Russ Bickerstaff
At 7:30 pm tonight, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan will pull into UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium to present its production of A Christmas Carol. The show boasts a cast of 27. One of those actors will, of course, be playing Scrooge. Half an hour earlier in the heart of the theatre district, James Pickering will be taking the stage as Scrooge. The single most recognizable character in all of Charles...
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

The Boulevard Theatre's MARRIAGE OF BETTY AND BOO

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s the little things that make a production. Even in a bad show, there are moments of brilliance that shine through—the little things that can make even a bad show entertaining for a few moments. Thankfully, this is NOT the case with The Boulevard Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s mid-‘80’s family comedy The Marriage of Bettte and Boo.  It’s a comedy about human imp...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Milwaukee Rep's New Mainstage SHow

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Rep continues its main stage season at the Quadracci with a production of David Rambo’s The Lady With All The Answers. A one-woman show about Ann Landers would normally turn me off to no end . . . there has been a flurry of one-person shows about historical figures this season and the thought of seeing one more wasn’t exactly appealing—especially seeing as how that one person ...
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
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s the morning of Thanksgiving Day and I’m waking-up with a bit of a song from RENT running through my head . . . but not what one might expect. I keep hearing the refrain of Mimi asking Adam Pascal's charcter to light her candle as I slowly wake-up. Just that one line. Over and over and over again. That's it.  Weird. As much as I dislike that musical, after seeing it three times...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Still Waiting For The Skylight's Production . . .

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Touring Broadway production of RENT made it into town again last night. I saw it some time ago when the production made it to the Milwaukee Theatre. I wasn’t all that impressed with it at the time. Shoot ahead to just a few months ago and I’m seeing a local production of it with the Greendale Community Theatre and I’m beginning to see the appeal. With the rough-cut grunge aesthetic i...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I find myself a little less than an hour away from my first show in over a week. This will be my third time seeing RENT—the second time I’ve seen a touring production of the ‘90’s musical. I’ll be seeing it again when Skylight does its production at the end of the season . . . and seeing the official production again after having seen a remarkably passionate production of it with the Gre...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UW-Parkside stages ALL MY SONS

By Russ Bickerstaff
With something like 7 or 8 shows opening locally in the first week in December, it’s bound to be the case that one or two of them may have nothing at all to do with Christmas. This is, in fact, the case. One of the shows in question is Soulstice Theatre’s production of The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged.) (More on that later-on in the week and after it opens . . . ) The other ...

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