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Monday, June 25, 2012
On the Boulevard: A delightful evening of words and wine —“Verse and Vino”—raised funds for the irrepressible Boulevard Theatre, celebrating its “first” 26 years. The expansively beautiful Zimmerman Architectural Studios in the Menomonee...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Bravo! Next Act: Celebrating Next Act Theatre's first anniversary in its beautiful new theater space, the company's fans poured into the sold-out “Bravo, Next Act” event. The retro-summer theme encouraged '50s attire, with Laura and Jeff...
05.25.2012 | | Posted at 02:09 PM

A mixing of masks with Boulevard's latest show

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Love I can relate to. Ancestral culture? Uh, no . . . there's really no ethnic culture her for me. I come from an ambiguously European mishmash. My last name means, "place of the marsh," in a language nobody speaks anymore. None of my identity is formed from cultural heritage. It's all just weird little idiosyncrasies drawn against the flat, mass-culture I grew-up with. And that's why nationa...
05.21.2012 | | Posted at 06:10 AM

A Classy 1903 City Lights Building plays host to Boulevard's Fundraiser Next Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Boulevard Theatre's Verse & Vino fundraisers are a lot of fun. Wine. Appetizers. A silent auction. Actors milling about. Fun. Next month, the venerable little theatre company helmed by Mark Bucher is staging a V&V fundraiser at the City Lights Building on 212 West Mount Vernon Avenue. (That's between Canal Street and St. Paul Avenue off of 25th Street.)    Home to Zimmerman Architectural ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Stephen Sondheim, the mind behind Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, is unquestionably talented. His work makes it easy for programmers of musical theater. After all, Sondheim sells tickets—and so his work often...
04.17.2012 | | Posted at 11:56 AM

Milwaukee premiere of a contemporary comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
                                                                      There was good news in email last week Thursday. Turns out Mark Bucher's production of Michael Golamco's Cowboy Vs. Samurai is, in fact, going to make it to the stage. The script, which requires a number of asian-american actors, was a bit difficult to cast, so the opening of the how kept getti...
02.24.2012 | | Posted at 12:26 AM

The Boulevard embraces the drama of three people

By Russ Bickerstaff
I could’ve been really profoundly disgusted with another set of staged monologues. I guess that’s why I’m glad I didn’t think too much about it. There have been a great many staged monologues this past season. The Boulevard Theatre’s latest is the next in a long line of shows in which actors act and characters talk, but not to each other. It’s kind of refreshing to hear a story deli...
02.07.2012 | | Posted at 08:39 AM

Boulevard Artistic Director teaches a couple classes that start this weekend.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Artistic Director of the long-lived Boulevard Theatre is offering a couple of acting classes starting this weekend. The classes are being offered the UWM’s School of Continuing Education. Basics of Acting is a look into the basic elements that compose an acting performance. Actors who have worked with Bucher in actual productions have commented on how insightful Mark Bucher is and . . . ha...
12.26.2011 | | Posted at 10:02 AM

Boulevard Theatre granted $3,000 if they can raise that much more by 2012

By Russ Bickerstaff
Boulevard Theatre Artistic Director Mark Bucher recently announced (okay, actually I got the email last Thursday, but with things being as busy as they are this time of year, that’s still pretty recent…) um …Anyway, yes—Mark Bucher of the Boulevard recently announced that the Boulevard (of Mark Bucher) was recently offered $3,000 in matching funds. That is to say that they will get $3,000 ...