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03.19.2010 | | Posted at 06:54 PM

Three Years in A Row on March 19th

By Russ Bickerstaff
Seeing something like 110 shows per year means that I’m seeing about one show every three days. It’s inevitable that I’ll be seeing one on my birthday. Such is the case tonight. Really, there is almost nothing significant about the middle of March aside from the official end of Winter. It bears little significance in local theatre anyway . . . and so for the third birthday in a row, I am s...
03.16.2010 | | Posted at 07:20 PM

Boulevard Theatre’s Next Bookstore Sneak Peak

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s one of those things that I haven’t given myself the time to make much mention of. There’s been a lot of concern over the fact that everyone is getting increasingly isolated with all the little digital apparatuses we’ve come to surround ourselves with. What people who point this out fail to realize is that much of this technology is being used to connect with other people in various s...
03.15.2010 | | Posted at 06:43 PM

Over Our Head Players Stages Mid-‘90’s Irish Play

By Russ Bickerstaff
 Between 1997 and 1998, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh developed four feature-length plays. One of them was a dark comedy about a 40 year-old woman who looks after her 70 year-old mother. There is bitterness. There is dysfunction. There is mental illness. There is a sense of entrapment and isolation. (The entire play takes place in a small kitchen,) With the right staging, the play could be a...
03.13.2010 | | Posted at 03:56 PM

Pardon Me While I Have A Strange Interlude

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s been a weekend of bite-sized performances, Theatre Gigante’s one-hour, one-weekend only production Other Three Sisters was joined last night by the opening of the Skylight Opera Theatre’s A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. The double feature is, itself, comprised of numerous smaller moments that would be far too numerous to fit in the print review of the show that runs in nex...
03.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:47 AM

Another Dreamlike One-Weekend-Show With Mark and Iasabelle

By Russ Bickerstaff
� I wish I would’ve had the presence of mind to do the theatre preview on Theatre Gigante’s show rather than the Skylight’s this week. There are a couple of reasons for this . . . the most selfish probably being that I’d like to have had the opportunity to have spent more time with the show. � Theatre Gigante’s�one-weekend only Three Other Sisters only has two more performances a of th...
03.11.2010 | | Posted at 05:08 PM

Pius XI High School Launches Big Musical At Month’s End

By Russ Bickerstaff
While Waukesha Civic’s production of Bye Bye Birdie is pretty big and ambitious with a cast of over 30, it’s actually kind of dwarfed by a show a local high school will be opening at the end of the month. IF you’ve been to a show in the past couple of weeks or picked up a local publication somewhere, chances are that you’ve seen an ad for Pius XI’s production of the 1997 Broadway hit Ti...
03.10.2010 | | Posted at 06:48 PM

Massive production of Bye Bye Birdie West of Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
This week the Waukesha Civic Theatre opens its production of the classic 1960 hit Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. Inspired by Elvis Presley�s 1958 enlistment in the military, it�s the story of a rock �n� roll crooner who is about to be inducted. In one last attempt at publicity before he enlists, he agrees to give one last good-bye kiss to a teenage girl. She who wins the contest is in Ohio. I...
03.09.2010 | | Posted at 05:08 PM

UW-Washington County presents Ronan Noone’s BRENDAN

By Russ Bickerstaff
What with all of the young actors beginning to appear on local stages from a variety of new companies, it’s nice to know that there are still a few university productions appearing at out of the way locations. This week, UW-Washington County opens its spring play--Ronan Noone’s Brendan. It's a contemporary comedy about an Irishman who has moved to Boston.   Considering the size of the cast,...
03.08.2010 | | Posted at 10:14 PM

A number of shows open in the next few weeks featuring newer work by local playwrights.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There are a number of elements that absolutely must be present in order for a city to maintain a sustainable, substantially diverse theatre scene. Chief among them is the cultivation of work by local playwrights. These next couple of months, a series of shows open featuring new work by local playwrights. Here’s a quick glance at what’s already onstage and what’s ahead:   In Tandem’s exc...
03.06.2010 | | Posted at 08:29 AM

The Reps RADIO GOLF a look back at the late 90s

By Russ Bickerstaff
By the time I�d made it to opening night of the Rep�s Radio Golf last night, I�d already sat in two different theatres for three different shows over the course of the day. I was a bit exhausted. I couldn�t�ve asked for a better show to end the day on. The Rep�s radio Golf is a really well-realized piece of contemporary political drama. It�s a bit strange going to a show at the Rep�s Stiemke Thea...

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