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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...
04.07.2010 | | Posted at 07:04 AM

Bay Players open a two-weekend production of classic farce

By Russ Bickerstaff
� Amidst the far better-funded professional theatre groups celebrating anniversaries this season, it�s a bit surprising that I haven�t had the presence of mind to mention much about the 60th anniversary season of venerable community theatre group The Bay Players. Raymond Bradford directs a production of the Ken Ludwig comedy Lend Me A Tenor. Set in the Midwest in the 1930�s, the popular farce a...
07.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In the midst of all the Milwaukee theatre companies celebrating big anniversaries this year, there’s one that will likely be overlooked by a great many people. One of the longest standing theatre traditions in greater Milwaukee, The�Bay Players will be celebrating their 60th anniversary this season. The Whitefish Bay-based community theatre group will be staging three of its most successful play...
04.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Bay Players’ Director Raymond Bradford has announced the theatre company’s Spring show . . . it’s a light comedy by Billy St. John centered around a group of seniors in a retirement home. Billy St. John’s 2002 comedy Senior Follies has the kind of biting wit that could appeal to most audiences. With the plot being such as it is, it’s not exactly safe comedy—the story involves Howar...

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