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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Three Milwaukee Stages are Currently Playing Host To Three One-Actor Shows

By Russ Bickerstaff
Five shows in four days invariably means that I’ve got a day with two shows. Just saw the First Stage matinee. Will be off to the new Milwaukee Chamber show shortly.  And last night I saw Elizabeth Norment in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Joan Diddion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. It’s a one-person show. The third to open in Milwaukee this month. Three one-person shows in a single m...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Straight Lines and Right Angles At A Rep Inaugural Party

By Russ Bickerstaff
The exterior architecture at the Harley Museum (and much of what I’d seen in select places inside) is dominated by straight lines and right angles. This is a bit odd considering the company’s image is so defined by beautiful curves and skews. I was there last night for my first of two events of the evening—a formal welcome party for Mark Clements: the new Artistic Director of the Milwauke...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Intimate Vampire Show Opens Tonight

By Russ Bickerstaff
As I recall, it was a bout a year ago that the Alchemist Theatre announced it would be staging a production of Dracula: The Undead. And it was about a year ago that I spoke to the Alchemist’s Aaron Kopec about the show. As I recall, Kopec told me he’d read Bram Stoker’s original novel a long time ago . . . from a really old copy that he’d had for years. Now he’s staging a production that...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Youngblood and UWM's Involvement In A Historic Theatre Projet

By Russ Bickerstaff
I ducked out of the Milwaukee Rep party Monday night to make sure that I could make it to the Zelazo Center on time. UWM and Youngblood Theatre Company were staging the Milwaukee end of a worldwide theatrical event put together by the Tectonic Theatre Project. I ran into local actor Robert WC Kennedy on the way out to the show. We talked Spring Awakening and Warhol on the way out to the show. I...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A Flurry of Theatre: Six Shows Open In Five Days

By Russ Bickerstaff
The House of Representative voted on Thursday to make it a federal crime to assault someone because of their sexual orientation. The new hate crime law marks a milestone for one of the single most brutal crimes to enter popular consciousness in over a decade. The questions raised by a pair of men brutally killing a homosexual man in Wyoming over a decade ago continue. Tonight only, The Young Blood...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Boulevard Theatre's Intellectually Enjoyable Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
The stage space at the Boulevard is split up into roughly three different areas. There’s only one actor in the show. David Ferrie plays Clarence Darrow in Boulevard Theatre’s production of David Rintels’ one man show about the legendary lawyer. It’s a very casual, very comfortable space for a one-man show. This is just as it should be for two hours with a very practically idealistic chara...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Wauwatosa Theatre Group helps out the Milwaukee Rescue Mission

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa will be opening its production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants this coming week. Steve Martin’s popular adaptation of German playwright Carl Sternheim’s Die Hose makes it to the suburban stage October 9 – 17. Jerry Proffitt plays government worker Theo whose wife Louise (Stephanie Lowery) is unwittingly involved in a scandal when a couple of men see her ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Unconventional Comedy In A Familiar Format

By Russ Bickerstaff
When I was talking with local playwright/comedy guy  Patrick Schmitz last week, he’d invited me to a show that I will be unable to make it to this coming Sunday. It’s kind of a big disappointment that I can’t make it. Schmitz’s work teaching improv with First Stage Children’s Theatre has been really successful in the past . . . his most prominent success being Organized Chaos--the perfo...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Marquette Brings WWII Drama To The Stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
Just this past June some 300 surviving WWII Airforce  Service Pilots finally received Congressional Gold Medals. It had been some six and a half decades since they had served. From what I’ve read online, it would appear as though these women didn’t serve in Europe . . . 38 of them were killed in the line of duty though. They were trained to help largely with distribution. Planes would roll ou...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

David Ferrie pt. 3

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local actor David Ferrie has a very smart stage presence. In Boulevard Theatre’s Clarence Darrow. I talked with him at the Boulevard Theatre a few weeks ago prior to a rehearsal.In the final part of the interview, Ferrie and I discuss the nature of playing a character over decades of his lifespan and more . . . production of the two person drama Roses In December last year, his performance as ...

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