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03.05.2010 | | Posted at 05:59 PM

Seniors Amanda J. Hull and Liz Shipe Present Two Short Musicals

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The crowd for the final dress rehearsal was populated largely with people from the UWM theatre department. It’s a different kind of crowd atmosphere . . . one not entirely unlike a usual theatre crowd. I’m there to catch a performance of a pair of projects by two UWM students. It’s a very casual workshop atmosphere. It is only a little over 24 hours before the single performance of the ...
03.04.2010 | | Posted at 06:18 AM

Willie Abney Directed Drama for One Weekend Only

By Russ Bickerstaff
 At the center of their beliefs, two legendary activists from the ‘60’s held very similar beliefs. For Malcom X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the philosophies on how to attain racial equality culd not have been that much different. Both men were very accomplished intellectuals from the same era. So what would’ve happened if the two men were to discuss matters? Playwright Jeff Stetson ex...
03.03.2010 | | Posted at 05:14 PM

Next Monday, The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Hosts a Reading of BROKEN AND ENTERED

By Russ Bickerstaff
The next in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Montgomery Davis Play Development Series makes it to the stage next week as it presents a new comedy by Madison-based playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown. Broken and Entered features Marcus Truschinski and Nicholas Harazin as a pair of brothers who burglarize neighborhood homes to make ends meet. Things get complicated when one of the brothers falls for a neigh...
03.02.2010 | | Posted at 05:24 PM

The Hinterlands Ensemble Revisits Newtons Birthday

By Russ Bickerstaff
It�s been established that Newton�s vision of a clockwork universe is wrong. That�s okay. The guy was still a genius. Time is relative. So I guess we can be a little vague with the date and pretend it�s still his birthday this week�maybe next week too. The man who would have been roughly 367 years old this past January 4th gets another birthday party this week and next thanks to encore performan...
03.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:42 PM

In Tandem's Latest Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre continues its season with a production of Neil Haven’s Stuck. The show opened this past weekend. I’d seen the show before when it’s inaugural UW-Whitewater production came to the In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre in August of ’08. Directed by In Tandem co-founder Chris Flieller, the show has considerably more aesthetic depth to it than the original production. Flieller...
02.28.2010 | | Posted at 12:37 PM

Scattered Elements of Acacias THE SECRET GARDEN

By Russ Bickerstaff
The work of Acacia Theatre Company can sometimes come across a bit uneven. There are a lot of elements that go into a fully-staged piece of theatre. The texture of a typical Acacia show ends up being a wide-ranging mix of qualities that can sometimes feel a bit discordant and disorienting. The best of Acacia�s work ends up being a balance of various levels of qulity with something remarkable in t...
02.27.2010 | | Posted at 02:34 PM

New Theatre Company Opens A Shorts Program Next Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
Just as I was beginning to think that turning 34 years of age was going to happen on an otherwise uneventful weekend, I get word of a new show that�s been announced by Bite Theatre�the newest company in town. On the first weekend after winter�s end, Director Joe Foti IV presents Kill The Rich! Kill The Poor! at the Off-Broadway Theatre. Kill . . .! Kill . . .! is a series of shorts written by...
02.26.2010 | | Posted at 12:13 AM

Strange Feelings Of Familiarity at the Sunset Playhouse

By Russ Bickerstaff
Yes, it’s a bit simplistic and in places quite tacky. Once you get beyond the surface of it, the Jeff Daniels play Escanaba In Love is actually pretty funny. This was nothing I wasn’t expecting from the Sunset Playhouse production. I don’t know that I’d expected a stuffed deer to be looking at me the whole evening, though. That was a bit weird.   The deer head in question was on loan f...
02.25.2010 | | Posted at 05:49 PM

Children’s Book By Influential Author brought to an MPS stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
Every now and then a show gets brought to my attention too late to attend. When the press release for the latest show at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts this past Monday, I had already had my schedule for  the weekend worked out. It’s a real disappointment, too because this one looks interesting. This Friday, MHSA hosts the National Theater of England’s traveling production of Haroun...
02.24.2010 | | Posted at 07:22 PM

New York-Based Aquila Theatre performs at UW-Whitewater Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Founded in London in �91. New York-based Aquila Theatre Company has kind of a restless schedule. The group does a regular season in New York and also regularly tours the country with various shows. Next week, the company arrives at UW-Whitewater for a pair of shows. On Tuesday March 2nd, Aquila presents Henrik Ibsen�s An Enemy Of The People. The late 19th century drama has a remarkably fresh st...