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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...
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theatre - 8 p.m.

This weekend sees the introduction of Transmutative Cinema, a free film series with a fondness for outsider independent movies that provide more questions than answers. The series, which runs most Saturday and Sunday nights at the Alchemist Theatre and Lounge, hosts tonight an 8 p.m. screening of the 2006 drama Apart From That, which charts a seemingly unrelated ensemble of characters, including an exhibitionist who finds her audience...
01.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I sit in a comfortable chair on the 28th floor of the Sheraton Hotel Tower contemplating the hour I’m going to be spending in below zero temperatures tonight. The Neo-Futurists' performance space isn’t far from where my wife and I are staying, but there are busses and there’s a transfer involved. The El would be an improvement but Google Maps is convinced that the busses would be a better ...
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theatre - 10 p.m.

This weekend sees the introduction of Transmutative Cinema, a free film series with a fondness for outsider independent movies that provide more questions than answers. The series, which runs most Saturday and Sunday nights at the Alchemist Theatre and Lounge, debuts tonight with a 10 p.m. screening of the 2006 drama Apart From That, which charts a seemingly unrelated ensemble of characters, including an...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 22, Trampled by Turtles @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Trampled By Turtles, despite what their animal namesake suggests, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit...
01.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Alchemist Theatre co-founder Aaron Kopec has been able to claim a great degree of success for his one year-old theatre space with a number of sold-out shows. It took a lot of work to get there. Mid last month, he talked to me in the theatre’s bar about the early work he put in transforming the storefront space into a theatre space and its future.Aaron: . . . all the pipes were leaking . . . it ...

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