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

A New Theatre Group With A Purpose

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always impressed me just how fully engaged people are in the local theatre—especially on the less-professional ends of things. I’ve seen actors help strike sets. I’ve seen them help with box office. I’ve seen actors do tech and tech people act. The show is everything and people are willing to go to whatever level necessary to help make things happen. There’s a lot of interdiscipl...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Outdoor Theatre In Spring Green on the Other Side of Winter

By Russ Bickerstaff
Another cold winter lurks beyond characteristically damp October in southern Wisconsin. It’s more or less at this time that the American Players Theatre has announced its season for next summer. The pleasant heat of the outdoor theatre is something to think about as things begin to get colder here. Here’s a look ahead at what the APT will be doing next summer:Up The Hill (outdoor theatre):A P...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Initial impressions on The Rep’s new show.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Walking in to see a show at the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre on an opening week can be an interesting experience. The Neil Patel set for their latest show looks a bit like someone crammed select bits of an Ikea onstage to see how they’d look, which is odd considering that some of the furniture here comes from a rather tasteful place just a few blocks from the theatre. There’s lots of wood and...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Radio WHT and Pleasant Friday Night Disorientation

By Russ Bickerstaff
Attending a show that starts at 10pm is a bit unsettling for someone who attends a great deal of theatre . . . having things get started a couple of hours later than I’m used to made the entire evening feel two hours earlier than it actually was. The mild disorientation lent a lot to the generally enjoyable mood at the Alchemist Theatre as Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre had its first late night stagi...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Free Performance of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits in A Third Ward Gallery.

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a spacious studio space in the Third Ward/Walker’s Point area of town. Classy, old white wood and white brick marred only slightly by some pseudo-sorta-kinda Jackson Pollock paintings to my right. A large audience sits on white wooden folding chairs for Goats & Monkeys’ Thursday night staged reading of Hamlet. It may not be a fully staged production of Shakespeare’s classic, but th...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Vampires, Zombie Puppets, Murder and the Ghost of Hamlet's Father

By Russ Bickerstaff
Halloween is probably the most theatrical of the holidays. More costumes are bought this time of year than any other. People go off to parties in character. And countless people all over the country who wouldn’t normally consider themselves theatergoers head off to see the strange bit of live pseudo-folk theatre known as the great American haunted house in tiny little productions that pop-up all...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Village Playhouse Stages Shorts On South Kinnickinnic

By Russ Bickerstaff
As much as I try to diversify my coverage, there are a few names that are so active in local theatre that it ends up being kind of difficult to avoid them if I’m honestly trying to cover everything that’s going on. This year, UWM is a good example . . . they’ve already had collaborations with both Youngblood Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber this month. They have a full season of shows coming-u...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The New Group Announces Three Shows in 2010

By Russ Bickerstaff
With a weekend of five (or was it six?) openings firmly behind me, I finally have time to mention the new Youngblood season that was announced at last week’s performance of The Laramie Project. Youngblood Theatre, which opened no less than three shows in July by way of introducing itself, has a much more relaxed pace in the early part of 2010 with three shows opening between January and April. ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Three-Week Picnic in Autumn

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its second show of the season this past week. Milwaukee Chamber’s production of the 1953 William Inge play Picnic has a charming American mid-century,  domestic feeling about it. R.H. Graham’s set is a simplified, idyllic look at a space between houses somewhere in the middle of the US in the first decade after World War II. All those details you might ex...

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