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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 ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Next Spring’s Program Celebrates Sex, Drugs and the American Way

By Russ Bickerstaff
Pink Banana’s annual Spring One Act show is a little-known tradition in Milwaukee. Every Spring, the tiny theatre company presents a program featuring a disparate group of shorts featuring some of the most promising new and emerging talent in the city. Last season’s festival featured a short directed by Youngblood Theatre’s Michael Cotey starring, among others, Travis Knight of Uprooted The...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UWM Presents a reasding of a new play by Laura Jacqmin

By Russ Bickerstaff
The process of working out a theatrical script can be kind of a strange journey. Say you're working on a really interesting idea for the stage about a man who can't be killed and a man who won't shut up about it. Then you run across a talented local actor and he says he's really more into doing film now. Turns out his was the voice you always heard in your head when you were writing the script. No...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Film, Theatre, Eternity and Immortality: An Idle Rant

By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while ago, I ran into a very talented actor while waiting for a bus. The guy hasn’t appeared onstage in a while. Evidently he’s switching from stage to film and video. He starred in a short that recently screened at the Oriental. I asked him why he’s not as interested in doing stage. He gave the standard answer—people want to see you onstage they have to go out and see you onst...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Milwaukee Reflected in Chicago 20 Years Ago

By Russ Bickerstaff
I found myself suffering from the debilitating hazyness of a head cold from hell under the influence of decongestants. And I found myself reading Some Feaks--a 1989 collection of essays by playwright David Mamet. The briefest of the essays was a tiny little love letter to Chicago theatre entitled: A Community of Groups. In it, Mamet praises the fact that Chicago has had a history of developing pe...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Intimate Proximity and Milwaukee Chamber's New Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues a really good season with its latest—a production of William Inge’s Moon Over The Brewery—a highly accessible contemporary comedy about a woman her daughter and her daughter’s imaginary friend. Direted by Angela Iannone, the play gracefully glides through a very predictable plot arc that is nonetheless very, very satisfying. From the moment one sets foo...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Initial Thoughts on Next Act’s 7 Stories

By Russ Bickerstaff
The aesthetic of walking in to the Off-Broadway Theatre for the next several weeks is kind of interesting. You’ve parked or taken the bus just south of downtown to walk out to a really classy historical building. You walk through a lobby dominated by the scent of the Aveda hair salon on the ground floor, past a small display of 3-D artworks and up a set of stairs that climb to the second floor ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Two Different Productions of Mel Brooks’ Comedy Open This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
As mentioned before, there are a lot of shows opening this weekend. Trying to figure out a pattern to openings in the Milwaukee theatre season can be a strange kind of Rorschach test. I’m not quite sure of what it says about the local theatre community that two of the shows opening in Milwaukee this weekend happen to be two entirely different productions of Mel Brooks' The Producers, so I think...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UW-Washington County Is The Next To Stage The Musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
It's a busy upcoming weekend for openings in metro Milwaukee, but that doesn't mean there aren't things going on just a little further out. One of the shows NOT opening in Milwaukee this coming weekend is the latest production of the Wisconsin-based musical The Spitfire Grill. The Fred Alley/James Valcq story gets staged about once a year with recent productions being staged by the Skylight Opera...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Vince Lombardi Bio Show will be Staged on Broadway next year

By Russ Bickerstaff
As I write this, the 4-3 Green Bay Packers are just an hour away from a more or less guaranteed victory against the 0-5 Buccaneers. As many easy games as they’ve had, they’re in the same division as one of the three best teams in the league, so Green Bay probably won’t make the playoffs this year. There is, however a good possibility that Green Bay will make it to Broadway some time soon.It...

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