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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
The Old and New Testaments receive comic treatment from Phantom Cicada Theater and SummerStage in a production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the space at Next Act Theatre. Bo Johnson directs Nate Press, Emmitt Morgans...
08.27.2012 | | Posted at 11:37 PM

Bo Johnson and company now staging the show at Next Act

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Considering some of what I've seen in the past couple of years, it's kind of odd that something as innocuous as The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) would be the one that ended up garnering as much controversy as it has. The light comedy about the bible has been cast out of its originally intended home at Lapham Peak State Park . . . for those still not aware of the change--the show ...
08.20.2012 | | Posted at 07:06 AM

Summerstage of Delafield presents RSC comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Taken at face value the King James bible is . . . . really difficult to take seriously for all kinds of reasons. the fact that people use it to justify those things that they justify is also kind of silly. So it makes the perfect basis for comedy.    Some Time ago, the Reduced Shakespeare Company brought brought the bible to the comic stage with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Bridge...
06.10.2012 | | Posted at 07:15 AM

An East Side apartment plays host to Richard Greenberg's THE AUTHOR'S VOICE.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Milwaukee Theatre community is inundated with genuine talent. The talented actor-to-production ratio is disappointing, but this is a very sluggish economy. And so its really nice to see actors getting together and performing work for its own sake. To t his end, Jason A. Waszak and company have cleared out a tiny East Side apartment just beyond Brady Street and are performing a really intere...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Aaron Kopec, playwright of Murder Castle and Faust, has explored dark parts of the psyche in productions at the Alchemist Theatre. This summer, however, Kopec offers up Help Wanted, a show that should be less sinister and more subtle...
05.29.2012 | | Posted at 03:58 PM

Next Week: A free show staged at a house

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Modern publishing on the big best-seller scale sounds a lot like Hollywood now. I recently read that when the author of Hunger Games was told about a pre-existing Japanese novel that had a lot in common with hers…she asked them if she should read it. No innate interest. No mind of her own. She's a technician working for them. They told her not to read the book. Was the author fed ideas stra...
06.07.2011 | | Posted at 01:50 PM

Alchemist Theatre's FOOL FOR LOVE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere in the middle of the hottest days of the year, the Alchemist Theatre stages a drama set in a run-down little motel on the edge of the great American desert. Fool For Love is an interesting study in artifice. One of playwright Sam Shepard'™s least accomplished dramas, Fool For Love registers a particularly weak note for the acclaimed playwright who seemed to be desperately reaching fo...
03.21.2011 | | Posted at 06:11 AM

First Stage Childrens Theatre brings THE HUNDRED DRESSES to life

By Russ Bickerstaff
For all the attention its gotten lately, bullying has been around for a very, very long time. The recent string of suicides has brought attention to a problem that has been so common for so long that most people simply think of it as being a natural part of growing up. An early look at the nature of bullying, Eleanor Estes� The Hundred Dresses tells the story of a young Polish-American girl who ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Indie Theatre Comedy Returns This Year in a New Venue

By Russ Bickerstaff
Now in its second year, Neil Haven’s holiday comedy Who Killed Santa? is being staged in separate productions in Milwaukee and Denver, Colorado. The appeal of the play is difficult to define. On the surface, the premise sounds kind of disinteresting—Santa Claus is murdered at a Holiday party attended by Christmas characters including Rudolph, Frosty, Tiny Tim and the Little Drummer Boy. Dar...