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04.20.2011 | | Posted at 07:38 AM

UW-Whitewater Theatre closes its season with a romantic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
UW-Whitewater Theatre closes its season with a production of 19th century French playwright Victorien Sardou’s A Scrap of Paper. Sardou’s comedy involves itself with the romantic tumult that can result from, yes, a single unassuming scrap of paper. (Not that the scrap of paper itself is entirely blameless.) Directed by accomplished local actress Angel Iannone, the UW-W production features th...
03.29.2011 | | Posted at 06:52 AM


By Russ Bickerstaff
  Next Act Theatre's latest show feels kind of like an anomaly. Melanie Marnich's A Sleeping Country feels like a reasonably satisfying half hour at the theatre. That it is actually a feature-length, 90-minutes without intermission ends up being a technicality. The only time the actual length of the show is significant is when one is walking in or out of the theatre. The rest of it slips by pr...
06.25.2010 | | Posted at 06:58 PM

Outdoor Shakespeare at Alverno

By Russ Bickerstaff
� The Optimist Theatre�debuts a prospective annual outdoor Shakespeare series with a production of The Tempest. Due to slightly haywire scheduling, I was unable to attend the show opening weekend. Thankfully, I had the evening open last night. Due to a weird twist of chance, it ended up being my third outdoor Shakespeare show in six days. Surprisingly, my third trip outside with Shakespeare and a...
02.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:17 AM

The Intrinsic Appeal of Next Act’s Purgatorio

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a magazine somewhere in the mid-1980’s, I ran across a brilliantly minimalist narrative piece called Nogard. The premise was very simple: Take an epic hero—one who has been through a long series of breathtaking adventures conquered adversity and come through it all to become legendary--take this hero and put him or her into a vacuum and see what happens. This is the intrinsic appeal of Ar...
01.19.2010 | | Posted at 06:06 PM

Tennessee Williams’ Classic Hits the Tenth Street Theatre for One Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s all too easy to get the impression that Tennessee Williams’ classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire is a bit overrated. Very few modern plays have the kind of longevity and high profile awarded the story of Stella, Stanley and Blanche. Having seen a staging of it in the past couple of years, its status as a classic is undeniable. If the 65 year-old play feels at all cliché it’s becau...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Angela Iannone As Katharine Hepburn

By Russ Bickerstaff
There was a strange kind of energy mixing around downtown last night. People had gone there for a variety of different shows—the touring Broadway production of Spring Awakening, McGivern and Tarjan in Bunk Bed Brothers, Soultime At The Apollo with the Rep Cabaret . . . Miley Cyrus . . . I was there to see Katharine Hepburn.  In Tandem Theatre opens its new season with a production of Matthew Lo...