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05.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Though no one has specifically mentioned it, I feel the need to defend the amount of blog space I’ve been giving to the Alchemist Theatre . . .  honestly, the reason they get mentioned as much as they do is . . . as a venue they end up opening more shows than any other space in Milwaukee. The Rep has a lot of shows opening-up in any given season, but they’re only predominantly active from Sep...
04.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I found myself sitting a few rows back from the front as the show started. Natasha Farrow had taken Ben from Insurgent Theatre to the front of the stage to introduce the setting of the play. Ben played along honorably as Natasha, in the role of Fairy Narrator introduced the setting. It was Asheville, North Carolina in 1889. Farrow pointed out the landscape and Ben did his best to follow her lead. ...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Theatre Preview

It's wonderful to see veteran theater companies weathering our current economic woes, but this success is only part of the bigger picture for Milwaukee's theater scene. The prosperity of smaller, independent companies is absolutely essential for theater in Milwaukee to thrive. Without a board of directors or numerous other concerns facing established theater companies, independent productions can take chances...
04.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d arrived at the Alchemist Theatre  on Sunday afternoon for what is quickly beginning to look like my first of 7 shows in 8 days. The show running for two performances is Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes. Picking-up a beer from the bar, I waited around with the rest of a sellout crowd at the Alchemist. Just before the house opened, Actors in costume and character playing old-time ...
04.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With only a couple of months left in the season, most theatre companies are winding-down. There’s a kind of a natural rhythm to a standard August/September through May season that seems to keep most theatre companies relatively sane. There are those theatre venues, however, that operate year round. And for those with no definite beginning and end to a season, sometimes things get weird . . . and...
03.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Generally speaking, I like to avoid seeing two shows in a single day. Invariably, the schedule for a weekend gets a bit compressed and I’ll have to see a matinee and an evening show on a single Saturday or Sunday or something. It happens about once per month. (Next time looks to be approaching in mid-April . . .) Usually when I see two shows in a day, I can expect to spend at least 1/8 of that d...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Alchemist Theatre opened all the traditional doors for its production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, putting together a pretty solid production. Mark Webber and Sharon Nieman-Kobbert star as older couple George and Martha who play hots to young couple Nick (show’s director Kirk Thomsen) Honey (Liz Shipe.)The pair of couples duke it out over the course of a set of acts played out over t...
03.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As winter turns to Spring this weekend, Milwaukee Theatre seems to be looking to stage the darker side of human interaction with a series of openings that mix drama with dark comedy in exploration of dysfunctional relationships.WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?Tonight, Alchemist Theatre opens its production of the classic Edward Albee drama. The intimate space and natural lighting should be intere...
03.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve made my decision. It was a decision I’d made in overwhelming sunlight amidst a vicious humidity while sitting by a pool somewhere in a vast, labyrinthine suburban, residential area in Southwestern Florida. I had been sitting there reading the script to Pity—a one-act by Peter J. Woods. Woods has a talent  for the abstract, which becomes all the more abstract in extreme humidity. Unde...
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

Tonight @ The Alchemist Theatre - 8 p.m.

The cast members of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are still touring behind the basic premise of that program, speaking to the continued popularity of improvisational comedy. Though the Alchemist Theatre doesn’t promise quite the same degree of professionalism as the “Whose Line” alums at its weekly Tuesday night open improv event, they do promise a good time: It’s a chance for professionals and novices alike to take a chance and practice...

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