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12.17.2011 | | Posted at 03:46 PM

Carte Blanche and Over Our Heads next month

By Russ Bickerstaff
nIn a month so taken with remounting old shows, it’s nice to know that there’s some fresh material on the horizon. As fun as it has been to see A Christmas Carol and Srooge in Rouge again with another Holiday Punch at Off the Wall and another Who Killed Santa? Coming up this weekend and next week respectively, after a month like this I’m really looking forward to the possibility of some new ...
11.22.2011 | | Posted at 06:17 AM

Another round of Neil Haven’s relentless WHO KILLED SANTA?

By Russ Bickerstaff
A Christmas murder mystery with puppets, Who Killed Santa? isn’t a guilty pleasure so much as it is weird, simple fun. The show, which surmises a holiday party at Santa’s place with various iconic Christmas characters, has been staged a number of times over the past few years. The cast features a mix of people who have appeared in the show before. Bo Johnson returns as a seedy, abusive Santa....
11.07.2011 | | Posted at 09:06 AM

Carte Blanche Delivers A High-Grade Product

By Russ Bickerstaff
More satisfying than a whole box of Jeez-Its™, Carte Blanche’s production of Reefer Madness! The Musical is easily the single most enjoyable musical comedy this season. A charmingly well-balanced cast takes a show without much complexity to it and manages to keep it obscenely fun from beginning to end. This is a slick, sexy, stylish production. I enjoyed this show quite a bit more than I’d...
09.14.2011 | | Posted at 12:16 AM

George Tabori Political Spoof at Carte Blanche Theatre opens one week later

By Russ Bickerstaff
Sometimes there’s just no way to deliver news without it sounding kind of weird. Carte Blanche Studio Theatre had announced some time ago its plan to stage a production of the George Tabori political spoof Mein Kampf. Though it had been acclaimed those times it saw the stage in Europe, the comedy has rarely been staged here in the states. (I don’t know . . . maybe it has something to do with...
08.21.2011 | | Posted at 02:43 PM

Winter Play Fest Formally Announced

By Russ Bickerstaff
  A few days ago, Carte Blanche Studios'Jimmy Dragolovich announced that what had originally been announced as the first annual short play fest this past month would, in fact, be the first of a twice-annual festival of shorts--one festival series would run in summer--the other in winter. Carte Blanche has announced that it is looking for scripts for its Winter New Plays Festival scheduled to be ...
08.14.2011 | | Posted at 06:01 PM

The parade of new short works on an intimate studio theatre stage.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Carte Blanche's First New Plays Festival—a one weekend affair—ran for four nights. The second set of shorts joined the rotation on Friday night. I had the opportunity to see the last three shows to open on matinee Saturday. Here are some impressions:   This Is My Charity by Ken Morgan Directed by Emily Craig, this was a comic bit starring Christopher Weis as the head of an energy compa...
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

Theater Preview

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its 2011-2012 season with the compelling psychology of Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart. This deftly written, darkly comic drama tells the story of three adult sisters dealing with different internal struggles as they reunite at their grandfather's home...
07.21.2011 | | Posted at 05:09 PM

Theatre Company’s Shorts Festival Featuring work written by local actors

By Russ Bickerstaff
A Carte Blanche Studios show always ends up being something of a surprise in some manner. Quite often the surprise is a pleasant one. With its latest offering, there are far more unknowns than knowns as Carte Blanche presents its “First Annual” New Plays Festival. The festival, which had previously been scheduled the same weekend as the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, has been moved to the follo...
10.11.2010 | | Posted at 08:30 PM

Carte Blanche Production of Silverstein Shorts Opens Friday

By Russ Bickerstaff
“Lisa’s got the best daddy in the world. After all, he bought her a pony for her birthday. Too bad he shot it dead. Or did he? Maybe it was Lisa’s older sister.”  It’s right there in black and pink on the back cover of a collection of short plays by beloved children’s poet and offbeat playwright Shel Silverstein. There’s more—an entire short were the only words spoken are “meat...

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