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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...
Monday, June 29, 2009

Mamet’s dark comedy comes to Bay View

In the era somewhere between the sexual revolution and the popular realization that indiscriminate sex can kill, a young David Mamet wrote a play about the sex lives of young, urban Midwesterners. Some 30 years later, the once controversial Sexual Perversity in Chicago is being staged at the Alchemist Theatre on South Kinnickinnic Avenue...
06.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As I write this, I am waiting for Michael A. Weber to show-up. I’ll be interviewing him for a preview column on Alchemist's upcoming production of Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He’s directing the show. The play was, of course, written by legendary contemporary playwright David Mamet. My  history with the play goes back to Junior High School. Around that time, I recall my father telling me th...
06.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
                                               Theatre in Milwaukee tends to fall asleep somewhere around late May/early June. And when Milwaukee theatre sleeps in early summer, it usually has rather strange dreams involving weird, offbeat and vaguely surreal DIY theatre things. This year, perhaps still reacting to the shock of the loss of a major c...
06.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
On June 26th, Alchemist Theatre presents yet another opporunity to have a vaguely strange experience with a group of people in a theatre—a pre-recorded science-fiction radio play. Aaron Kopec’s DRAKER 33 is a half hour audio work written by Alchemist’s Aaron Kopec. The premise feels like kind of a throwback to an earlier era in science fiction—in a future where automation has eliminat...
06.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer seems to have arrived. And I suddenly find myself without theatre for two straight weeks. It’s kind of a huge vacancy considering the high volume of shows that I’ve seen in April and May . . . those being some of the busiest months I’ve ever had . . . as near as I can make out, there really isn’t anything opening in metro Milwaukee in the next couple of weeks . . . There’s kin...

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