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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...
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...

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