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07.04.2011 | | Posted at 10:38 AM

Austen's Emma At Acacia

By Russ Bickerstaff
People often ask me if the theatre activity in Milwaukee dies-down in summer. (It doesn’t.) If there is a slow-down point in the summer, it’s probably in July. This coming week, there’s almost nothing opening. Next week, though: four shows opening in great Milwaukee. As I won’t have time to see them all, there’s one that I won’t be able to see. And while I will be seeing no less than...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Theater Preview

Heroes tend to be forged from times of great injustice. Those of us who don't face the kind of tests that define bravery often fall into the misconception that heroism is a myth. But that would be a disservice to towering figures like Sojourner Truth, one of the most recognizable names of the 19th-century abolitionist...
04.21.2011 | | Posted at 07:17 AM

Theatre company looking to cast in its tagging of Jane Austen novel

By Russ Bickerstaff
 Acacia Theatre Company is looking for a cast for its latest production—a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma written by John Jory. The story of a wealthy, young woman harrowingly devoid of self-doubt will be brought to the stage of Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium July 15th-24th. Auditions for the production will take place on Saturday, April 30th between 10:00am and 2:00p...
02.15.2011 | | Posted at 08:39 AM

New Acacia Theatre auditions for an upcoming show about the life of Sojourner Truth

By Russ Bickerstaff
Acacia Theatre�continues its season with Sandra Fenichel Asher�s 1993 two-act drama about the life of influential abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Though its difficult to imagine any staged drama living up to the legend of a towering figure in the history of civil rights, any production that pays homage to her is worth examining. A history has a way of forgetting about the accomplishments of a grea...
12.20.2010 | | Posted at 05:37 PM

Acacia Theatre looking to cast for LEAVING IOWA

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The standard US family road trip has been the subject of songs, movies, books, stage plays and such. Not too long ago, Tim Clue and Spike Manton wrote a comedy about a standard American nuclear family traveling by car. A fiercely Midwestern show, Leaving Iowa debuted a few years back at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. Acacia Theatre Company will be bringing a...
11.03.2010 | | Posted at 12:29 AM

Acacia Holding Auditions for Bio Play About Sojourner Truth

By Russ Bickerstaff
Acacia Theatre continues its Sandra Fenichel Asher’s 1993 two-act drama about the life of influential abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Though its difficult to imagine any staged drama living up to the legend of a towering figure in the history of civil rights, any production that pays homage to her is worth examining. A history has a way of forgetting about the accomplishments of a great many p...
10.09.2010 | | Posted at 04:07 PM

Acacia Theater Company presents THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

By Russ Bickerstaff
A 17th Century Christian allegory, the 1673 novel The Pilgrim’s Progress was written in prison. British author John Bunyan had been branded “a witch, a Jesuit [and] a highwayman.” He was locked-up a couple of times for preaching without a license from the government. As barbaric as such an imprisonment my seem by contemporary standards, it’s nice to know that the government was at least ...
09.11.2010 | | Posted at 02:00 PM

Acacia Looking To Cast for A Christmas Musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
Just as the weather settles-in from an inhumanely hot and humid summer, there are those looking ahead to the bitter cold of winter. Among the retailers and snow removal people preparing for the upcoming winter, there are also a great many people in the local performing arts making preparations for the holiday season that is now roughly a quarter of a year away. In a couple of weeks Acacia Theatr...
06.30.2010 | | Posted at 07:28 AM

Acacia Theatre presents SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

By Russ Bickerstaff
 It’s not entirely uncommon for actors to find themselves onstage playing musicians onstage. One finds oneself watch a musical that’s been fashioned around the format of a concert by musician characters performing . . . there’s usually a plot of some sort stringing it all together. Roger Beane (Route 66, Lana Mae’s Honky-Tonk Laundry) was always particularly good at this sort of thing. ...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Theater Review

The Secret Garden has been a beloved classic ever since it debuted as a serial in a magazine a century ago. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale of Mary, an unhappy British girl sent to live with her reclusive, widower uncle after her parents die, has...

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