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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Gigante's Tribute to Cinema

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s kind of staggering to think about the amount of money spent on the average Hollywood movie. The catering budget alone on some nameless romcom or actioner or whatever would probably pay for a fair number of local small budget studio theatre productions not unlike Theatre Gigante’s current production A Night At The Movies. It’s a double-feature of captivating semi-features in the ancie...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Racine Children’s Theatre Welcomes a Staging of A.A. Milne’s Classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
Each performance of the Radine Children’s Theatre is introduced by an elephant named Packy. (I believe that's an artist's rendering of the elephant in the logo aboe.) This Friday Packy welcomes Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and company to the Racine Theatre Guild as The UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Dept. presents a children’s theatre production of Winnie The Pooh.After each show, characters from the...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Next Act's Next Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Somewhere amidst researching my theatre preview column for next week, I realized that Next Act’s production of Seven Stories is the one show I’m looking forward to this month more than any other. Yes, Carte Blanche has an opening next week as well, but I’ve already seen a different production of The Producers recently with the Skylight and so I’m not looking forward to it as much a...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UW-Whitewater presents Modern War Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Soldiers on the front lines of combat are much more in contact with the world beyond the battlefield now than they’ve probably ever been at any other point in history. The technology that brings them an their concerns to US civilians appears in deceptively high resolution. Any video screen, any scrap of mail or email still doesn’t illustrate the difficulties of life in war quite as vividly as...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

One Man stands-in for over 100 actors on a small stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai is a one of the most acclaimed films of all time. Having seen a number of Kurosawa’s other films, I don’t find it as personally interesting as some of his other work. I personally appeared in a community theatre stage adaptation of Kurosawa’s Rashomon over ten years ago and have always loved that film more than any other by the late Japanese filmmaker. I�...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UW-Waukesha opens Mitch Albom Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Not that it’s a personal interest on my part, but a quick jaunt over to the Wisconsin DNR’s website states that it is currently Duck hunting season in both Northern and Southern regions of the state. It may be a little chilly out there, but you can bet there are hunters out there right now bagging their daily limit of 6 ducks not to exceed, “4 mallards of which only 1 may be a hen, 3 wood du...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A Strange Rash of Stage Violence.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere into last night, it occurred to me that I was in Elm Grove watching someone getting choked onstage for the third time in as many months . . .  and I’m certain there are one or two instances of stage choking  I can’t remember. I don’t know if that’s any kind of indicator of it being a particularly violent theatre season or not. And I’m not opposed to staged violence. If the...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Comedies in the penultimate month of 2009

By Russ Bickerstaff
  As mentioned before, there are very few theatre openings in Milwaukee this weekend. Next week is similarly slow. RSVP opens what should be an entertaining production of a very funny Paul Rudnick script and In Tandem has the Dylan Bolin stand-up thing opening-up at the tenth street theatre. It could be pointed out that all of these are comedies. November is immersed in comedy, with a vast major...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

DIY Theatre Hits River West for a Free Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
With respect to theatre openings, Halloween feels a bit peaceful next to the rest of the month. Aside from Acacia’s new show,which opens on Friday, there are a host of really good Halloween shows that I’ve already seen and another River West visitation of Insurgent Theatre. The Milwaukee-born theatre company returns to Milwaukee at 8pm on November 1st to stage a free performance of its traveling show Ulysses’ Crewmen at the Jackpot Gallery on 825 East Center Street.      Consisting of Ben Turk and Kate Pleuss, Insurgent Theatre has been traveling the country performing their political drama to various rooms of various sizes. Their road journal is located here. It's a really interesting read. The blog proudly lists the road show’s limited expenses and income. The contemporary DIY theatre scene may not have the kind of energetic mystique of the DIY punk scene of the ‘80’s, but this blog makes for an interesting display of the other side of the theatre

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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Company Founder Opens One-Man, 20-Character Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s been almost thirty years since Alan Atwood founded Acacia Theatre. Atwood returns to Acacia’s stage after an absence of over 20 years to star in Lawrence G. Enscoe’s Traveling Light. Originally staged in the early ‘90’s, Traveling Light isn’t so not a modern re-telling of the New Testament book of Mark so much as it is an attempt to draw its characters into a contemporary se...

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