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04.18.2011 | | Posted at 07:27 AM

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s The Lion In Winter

By Russ Bickerstaff
Quite a few people could be heard commenting on the set opening night. Stephen Hudson-Mairet’s giant, imposing castle structure seems heavy and solid enough for the giant stone blocks to tumble through the stage floor of the Cabot Theatre. The massive grey stone structure (lovingly carved out of foam, no doubt,) serves as the backdrop to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Lion In ...
07.07.2010 | | Posted at 07:25 PM

American Players Theatre Announces Holiday Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the summer begins, a reasonably large number of people begin to descend upon the tiny town of Spring Green Wisconsin for various reasons. A fair number of us will have gone there this summer for the American Players Theatre’s annual summer season. With some really great actors and impressive production design in a beautiful spacae outdoors, it’s a really great experience. The company�s re...
01.16.2010 | | Posted at 01:30 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Blackbird Explores the Passion of Human Intimacy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Unseasonably Spring-like weather hung in the air. The Third Ward was alive with the strange energies of Gallery Night activity. In the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks was opening its new drama—David Harrower’s Blackbird.  My wife and I sat with a number of critics from other publications near the back of the studio theatre. The view of Scenic Designer Nath...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Actor Hosts Fundraising Event For Renaissance Theaterworks

By Russ Bickerstaff
As talented as he is experienced, local actor Brian Mani has had countless impressive performances over the years in a number of different theatre groups. His most memorable performance last year was the male lead in Renaissance Theaterworks’ The Dig. There was a brilliant subtlety to his portrayal of a brilliant man who has retreated within himself as seen on the intimate stage of the Broadway...
02.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There is an inherently social aspect to the theatre that is often (for good reason) obscured in the process of production in the interest of telling a story. The audience’s tenuous social connection with characters being manifest through actors onstage can, in many cases, be compromised when the audience is dirctly acknowledged. Every so often, however, a play comes along that openly embraces...