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12.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee’s newest theatre space rests on 1024 South 5th Street. It’s a novel location for a theatre. The upper south side location was once home to Spiral Theatre and still houses DIY venue Darling Hall, onetime haunt of Insurgent Theatre. Not far from either of those locations somewhere amidst a number of quality Mexican restaurants and the giant glowing question mark that used to be Club An...
12.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
While reasonably fun in places, the script of The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead is pretty far from being any towering work of genius. Australian playwright Robert Hewett tells an interesting story from a series of different perspectives which are delivered in a series of different monologues all from the same actress playing multiple roles. Fine. But only some of the language He...
12.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In this, the final part of of my interview transcripts with the writer/director/promoter/producer of Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, Patrick Schmitz talks about working with child actors, expectations and the importance of confidence when jumping off a cliff. THE KIDSMe: I ran into Kirk from the Alchemist at the Boulevard opening on Wednesday and he’d mentioned that there are kids in this. Pa...
11.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always reassuring to see local arts groups linking up with other nonprofits to help support them. Soulstice Theatre, for instance, always donates a portion of its ticket sales to a charity associated in some way with the production it’s staging. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has announced an interesting partnership with Literacy Services of Wisconsin for its latest production—Jonathan Gilla...
11.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It was nice to see the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret packed last night for opening night of the new non-musical comedy. I remember looking out at the audience and thinking again about demographics. The election got me thinking about age—though he was born a full 15 years before me, our new President Elect is, by some estimations, a part of my generation. Yes, Obama is on the oldest possible edge of �...
11.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With election season finally over (at least for Wisconsin for the time being) the Milwaukee theatre season is free to roll into its third full month. The first openings in November are a disparate mix. Friday, Raymond Bradford’s RSVP Prductions opens the Milwaukee premiere of the modern/post modern comedy Show People—a play with a plot that reminds me of a novel I’ve never had the time ...
11.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In just a couple of weeks, the Boulevard Theatre opens its production of a pair of David Mamet shorts. I’ll be talking to the show’s director Jaime Jastrab at some point in the next few days. I’ve seen a few pieces of Mamet in production since I first started covering the theatre scene here in Milwaukee. My personal history with the playwright is a bit uneven.I have mixed feelings about t...
11.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Over Our Head Players have recently announced auditions for their upcoming 2009 Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival. The upoming festival of original comedy shorts runs January 30 through February 22nd. The general premise is this: shorts of no longer than ten minutes are submitted to O.O.H.P’s. The submissions are sifted through. A few are chosen to be produced over the course of the festiv...
11.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Given the opportunity to do a review of a Rep show for online, I’ve decided to give my opinions a little more breathing room than I usually do. This will, undoubtedly be somewhat long and rambling, but what follows is an unbridled, unedited stream of consciousess piece about the Milwaukee Rep’s latest main stage offering. Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE There’s passion, poetry and emotion, bu...

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