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07.19.2011 | | Posted at 09:32 AM

Bay Players looking for cast of a popular farce.

By Russ Bickerstaff
A pleasant retro-farce, Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies is a fun trip to the theatre. It’s set in the ‘50’s. A pair of down-on-their-luck British actors pretend to be long-lost relatives of an old woman on her death bed. As you might imagine, the relatives in question turn out to be women, so there ends up being some cross dressing. Men in drag fall in love with women. Precisely the sort of z...
07.07.2011 | | Posted at 05:38 PM

Venerable local Community Theatre’s next season.

By Russ Bickerstaff
In and amidst all of the companies that form the local theatre scene, it can often be easy to forget about one of the greater Milwaukee area’s longest-running theatre traditions. Having staged its first production in March of 1951, The Bay Players have been around for over 60 years now. The company’s 2011-2012 season will be without a musical, which is a disappointment for director Ray Brad...
04.11.2011 | | Posted at 11:27 AM

The Bay Players welcome spring with three bizarre comic shorts by Ciristopher Durang

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium is as traditional a proscenium theatre as one is likely to find. Actors mill about on it as the play starts. Director Raymond Bradford renders a backstage mood onstage by way of introduction. This may be three shorts by a relatively obscure contemporary playwright, but his is a quintessential community theatre experience. It’s exceedingly cool that a ...
04.06.2011 | | Posted at 09:08 AM

One of Milwaukee Theatre's most venerable organizations presents the one-acts by contemporary playwright Christopher Durang

By Russ Bickerstaff
The name of playwright Christopher Durang stands out in my mind as one of the more interesting contemporary stage authors. This is kind of odd, as I can only recall actually seeing a few of his plays. And while I don’t have terribly strong feelings for The Marriage of Bette and Boo, there was a love of storytelling in it that made it an interesting night at the theatre. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s...
11.05.2010 | | Posted at 12:58 PM

Bay Players will be holding auditions for THE BUTLER DID IT

By Russ Bickerstaff
     A group of detective mystery writers are invited to a murder-mystery party where they are all instructed to show-up as their favorite characters. The staged death is soon accompanied by an actual murder and the story progresses as a group of mystery writers work to unravel an actual murder mystery. Sounds like a fun idea. It’s also the premise for Tim Kelly’s The Butler Did It. Th...
09.22.2010 | | Posted at 05:30 AM

Five Comedies Open This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
September continues unabated. And as September continue, September continues to be busy. Five shows open this weekend and they�re all comedies. Here�s a look at some of the theatre openings that lie ahead:   THURSDAY THE 23RD   Cart Blanche Studios presents the classic Shakespearian farce The Taming of the Shrew in a production that opens on Thursday. Michael Keiley and Liv Mueller play unlike...
07.22.2010 | | Posted at 05:39 AM

The Bay Players Seeking Talent for Broadway Spoof

By Russ Bickerstaff
The cabaret-style musical revue Forbidden Broadway is kind of a strange success story. In 1982, unemployed actor Gerard Alessandrini staged a showcase for his talents in the form of a group of parodies of Broadway show tunes at a supper club on New York’s Upper West Side. It quickly went from a one-man curiosity to a full cabaret show that ended up becoming New York’s longest-running musica...
04.11.2010 | | Posted at 04:20 PM

Light, Easy Comedy North Of The City

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium is big. Really, really big. This is interesting to note as it is the home of venerable local community theatre group The Bay Players. Smaller-budget productions are usually placed on smaller stages, but the Bay Players have been blessed with a really spacious performance space. On walking into the hall being used as the lobby, The Bay Players’ director R...