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06.23.2014 | | Posted at 01:36 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre is looking to do something really promising with its 2015 season. It’s still quite a few months away, but the group has already been posting some pretty elaborate looks at its retro future. Witness the promo video for the season from YouTube:   It’s actually a pretty clever idea that really hasn’t been explored in depth: a trilogy of original shows all set in the...
06.22.2014 | | Posted at 01:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In order to keep theater fresh, it’s absolutely essential to establish new works that continue to evolve with audiences. Of course, it’s absolutely essential that these voices represent a diversity of perspectives otherwise the contemporary stage is merely reflecting shadows of the past.Renaissance Theaterworks is doing its part to develop new works by new voices with its BRINK! A New Works Mo...
06.17.2014 | | Posted at 06:26 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Back in the mid-19th century, Werner Trimborn and Jacob Kier purchased a lime-producing property south of Milwaukee. They had quickly become the largest producers of quality lime in Wisconsin. By the 1870s, there were 40 people working there. Things changed in the early 20th century. The land was subdivided and sold off. The bulk of it went into dairy farming. By 1935, the farm was purchased by th...
06.19.2014 | | Posted at 07:23 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There are all kinds of reasons why things seem a bit confusing these days. The weather can’t seem to decide what season it is. The summer movie season started in April this year. People are doing unspeakable things in the name of the fictional. And The Improvised Musical is occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month.I know it’s confusing. This week IS the third week in June. I checked a cal...
06.18.2014 | | Posted at 09:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Two comics are coming to town. They’re touring the country this summer. They’re the millennial  generation’s current version of “that guy who was in that show that one time.” You may have seen Josh Fadem as that kid who played Liz Lemon’s Agent on three episodes of 30 Rock between 2009 and 2012. (Yeah. That guy.) Johnny Pemberton plays the doubtlessly crucial character “Delroy�...
06.17.2014 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This is what happens after the comic strip. The panels drain of their color. We only see the black outlines of panels. They're empty. They are a void of color. Only the concrete grey that seems to cover everything. The silhouettes of the empty comic panels almost feel burnt onto the walls. Burt V. Royal’s Dog Dees God uses the vocabulary of Charles Schultz's mid-20th century Peanuts characters t...
06.14.2014 | | Posted at 04:46 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Waukesha’s Outskirts Theatre is looking to launch a production of Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. The clever and dramatic mutation of the Peanuts comic strip characters is currently being staged locally by Splinter Group. On the far edge of summer, Outskirts Theatre will also be staging a production of the drama in Waukesha. It’s a dark drama that touches on...
06.14.2014 | | Posted at 04:42 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Whitefish Bay’s venerable Bay Players have a sharp season coming up on the other side of summer. The official announcement went out earlier this month. Among them is the work of a locally born playwright.Jay Presson Allen’s 1968 comedy Forty Carats. A 42 year-old real-estate agent falls in love with a 22 year-old man while on vacation. She returns to her life in New York only to find that he...
06.13.2014 | | Posted at 04:38 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Project 1 Voice is a national group that supports African American theater and playwrights. This year the group’s 1 Voice! 1 Play! 1 Day! project resonates through the nation with  numerous staged readings of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. As it is a series of poetic and very personal monologues, the drama lends itself remarkably w...
06.12.2014 | | Posted at 04:31 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Dog Sees God is playwright Bert V. Royal’s look at a post-modern post-Peanuts Charlie Brown gang. It’s been a long time since the strips and the characters are all teenagers now. Things are considerably more complicated than they were when they were kids. You can imagine the dark permutations. Snoopy has passed on. All that’s left is a bunch of people transitioning into adulthood.After seein...

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