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06.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
                                               Theatre in Milwaukee tends to fall asleep somewhere around late May/early June. And when Milwaukee theatre sleeps in early summer, it usually has rather strange dreams involving weird, offbeat and vaguely surreal DIY theatre things. This year, perhaps still reacting to the shock of the loss of a major c...
05.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
And as the season continues to fade-out, Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement Productions present yet another in their series of 24 hour theatre shows. Play In A Day 4 will be the two company’s latest foray into instant theatre. The idea is this: both companies will write, direct and produce an entire show in 24 hours. The show will presented one day after the group has started working on it—e...
05.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Speaking as someone who has been forced to see a lot of touring shows coming-in from New York, it’s always nice to see smaller touring shows coming through town from other places. It would even be nice to see one of these shows some time . . . all too often, touring shows from other states end up in town for one weekend with little to no advanced press releases and well . . . the notice is just...
04.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Two weeks from last Sunday, the Alamo Basement Theatre Company (which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Sheboygan this Saturday ) and Insurgent Theatre (which isn’t) are hosting yet another evening of BERZERK!!! at the Alchemist Theatre. April’s BERZERK!!! is slated to feature, “Less Time! More Restrictions!”  So okay . . . the basic idea here is that there’s a competition...
04.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I recently received the promo images for the upcoming season closer for the Boulevard Theatre. Stations of the Cross is one of those ideas that sounds so simple and promising that it’s kind of surprising that no one thought of it before. Opening April 28th, it’s a series of monologues detailing different aspects of the life of a waitress. The stories are patterned after the 14 stations of the ...
03.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  12:00pm, 03/21/09When I got to the house in northern River West, Insurgent Theatre co-founder Tracy Doyle and a few others were in the process of assembling BELTs (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato) sandwiches. It wasn’t long before everyone was sitting around facetiously discussing the possibility for holding open auditions for a father for Peter Woods. I’m not sure exactly how we got on th...
03.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As winter turns to Spring this weekend, Milwaukee Theatre seems to be looking to stage the darker side of human interaction with a series of openings that mix drama with dark comedy in exploration of dysfunctional relationships.WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?Tonight, Alchemist Theatre opens its production of the classic Edward Albee drama. The intimate space and natural lighting should be intere...
03.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The standard workweek is preparing to end in another Friday the 13th. Again. (This is the second month in a row.) Being a well-adjusted, non-superstitious person, I can’t stress enough that this has no significance to me at all. That being said, I will be out of town this particular Friday the 13th. (On the other side of the continent.) I can’t stress enough that this is NOT because I’m supe...
03.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre recently announced its participation in an exquisite corpse-like production of King Lear as performed by a group of experimental theatre companies in the a space known as Bedlam up in the twin cities. Every so often, a group of experimental theatre companies get together in a pre-designated spot to do a production of a Shakespeare play. Each one is assigned an act to work with a...
02.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d arrived at the Alchemist Theatre with a little over an hour to spare before this month’s Berzerk!!! program. I’d us seen the emotionally-touching domestic drama at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staring Mani and Truschinski. Not more than four hours after I watched a father’s inability to articulate feelings for his son’s happiness in the theatre district, I was watching Liz Shipe sink he...

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