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07.09.2014 | | Posted at 05:41 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There are always strange, little impressions of a theater show that don’t quite fit into the narrative of a standard theater review. These ancillary details are particularly numerous in shows that are staged outside the conventions of a traditional theater space. Staged as it is in and around an old barn, the Quasimondo’s production of Animal Farm is flooded with these little details that add ...
07.08.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee-based director Leda Hoffmann is clearly having a lot of fun with The Comedy of Errors. The production she is directing as it is being staged with Door Shakespeare in Bailey's Harbor. That fun is kinetic enough to transfer to the stage in the intimate outdoor theater in Door County. The trees and their leaves serve as much of the set of the outdoor space with only a couple of constructed ...
07.07.2014 | | Posted at 04:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Musical theater legend Tim Rice has written this musical about the classic 1951 novel From Here To Eternity. It’s the story of illicit romance in the army just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor that ushered-in U.S. involvement in World War II. The musical has been a big hit on West End. Just a few months prior to its 2015 debut on Broadway, a couple of performances in London were filmed. They ...
07.06.2014 | | Posted at 02:50 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A couple of companies are hosting open auditions for the coming season this fall.Theatre Unchained is staging the Milwaukee premiere of The Addams Family Musical. Director John Baiocchi is looking for 10 men and 10 women for the intimate studio theater production of the musical. Auditions are Jul 14 and 15 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The show runs Sept. 12 - 28.There are no appointments. Simply show-up...
07.05.2014 | | Posted at 02:48 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Unchained moves into the summer with Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party. The 1960’s beach movie parody was originally given the title Gidget Goes Psychotic, but the title was changed due to obvious concerns over copyright. That original title may have been the perfect description of the play. Cheesy, kitschy beach fun gets disrupted by psychotic horror comedy. It’s a fun show. Perfec...
07.03.2014 | | Posted at 05:47 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Say you’re a regular performance group that regularly performs on the first Friday of the month. What do you do when the first friday of the month happens to land on one of the biggest holidays of the year? If you’re Dead Man’s Carnival you go ahead and you do a show on July 4 anyway.Magic, juggling, burlesque, human oddities and other circus fare come once more to the Miramar Theatre on 284...
07.02.2014 | | Posted at 12:45 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Peninsula Players cleverly pairs its venue with a sharp script next week as it stages an adaptation of Agatha Christies’ And Then There Were None. The original novel is considered to be one of Christie’s greatest works. Ten people go to a distant resort. They’re all there for different reasons. Gradually they get killed off one by one.Door County is far from being the lonely resort that ...
06.30.2014 | | Posted at 03:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer has just started. The end of the summer theatre months is not far off. This August, Sunset Playhouse opens what is quite possibly the final summer musical to open in the greater Milwaukee area. Gypsy is regarded by many as one of the greatest musicals ever produced. Okay, so it’s a good show, but I don’t know that I’d go quite that far. There’s no questioning that it’s a great...
06.27.2014 | | Posted at 06:07 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With all of the local-produced stuff going on, it’s easy to forget that the bigger productions are casually rolling through the biggest stages. Yes, you’ve seen the ads for Phantom of the Opera, but they tend to blur into everything else that’s being marketed as entertainment over the course of the summer. Sometimes when something so obvious and ubiquitous is being marketed it’s easy to ov...
06.24.2014 | | Posted at 06:46 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee takes a step in the right direction as it hosts the first Diversity General Auditions for stage and screen actors on Tuesday, June 24. Uprooted Theatre will host the event that is scheduled to run from 10:30 am - 3:30 p.m. at the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St.Actors of color are encouraged to audition for a number of upcoming projects. Those looking for talent include represe...

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