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03.17.2012 | | Posted at 07:18 AM

UPROOTED THEATRE’s staging of REgniald Edmiund’s SOUTH BRIDGE

By Russ Bickerstaff
  For one week only, Uprooted Theatre is staging a heartbreakingly well-rendered premiere of Reginald Edmund’s Southbridge. The show is directed by Marti Gobel. There are only two more performances of the show, but it’s well worth making last minute plans to see this one. It’s brilliant. The plot plays out as a complex calculation between the desires of an ensemble of characters. They’r...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Country music legend Patsy Cline developed new range and depth for female vocals in one of the nation's most popular music genres. Her interesting life story, about a woman who achieved great critical and commercial success in the mid-20th century...
03.05.2012 | | Posted at 02:59 PM

Reginald Edmund’s drama continues the current season for UPROOTED

By Russ Bickerstaff
Acclaimed, young playwright Reginald Edmund has a production company in Houston, Texas. He has an agent in New York. And now he’s got a play opening in Miwaukee. South Bridge is part three of a growing series of dramas—his City of the Boyou series. It’s the story of a man who has been accused of assaulting a white widow in the late 19th century. The play, which has had readings all over t...
01.14.2012 | | Posted at 02:15 PM

1 Person, 1 Stage, 1 Audience--NEAT with Renaissance

By Russ Bickerstaff
In and amidst everything else that theatre is, it’s way too easy to forget that it’s the simple act of storytelling in front of a live group of people. As inherently social creatures with a profound amount of neurological real estate set aside for things like . . . recognizing minute differences in faces . . . storytelling is the heart of human interaction. Arguably it was the source of lang...
12.30.2011 | | Posted at 08:12 AM

Optimist Theatre’s upcoming fundraiser for Shakespeare in the park

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s raining just a few days before the new year and the whole world seems slightly confused. It’s winter in Milwaukee. Optimist Theatre recently sent out a press release on its upcoming winter fundraiser party. Here they’re celebrating an upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth that they’re hoping to do this coming June. The juxtaposition of the two names is kind of cute....
11.06.2011 | | Posted at 09:06 AM

Uprooted Theatre presents a one-night-only staged reading of an intense Jim Crowe-era drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bayonne, Louisiana. 1948. After World War II. Before the civil rights movement. During the era of the Jim Crowe south. A schoolteacher is sent to counsel a man on death row—a man unjustly condemned. It’s been described as a heavily dramatic piece about a time when injustices weren’t buried underneath layers of glossy PR. It’s A Lesson Before Dying-- a drama written by Romulus Linney base...
04.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:53 AM

Playwright Neil Haven’s latest is a complicated contemporary domestic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Neil Haven’s work has been an interesting and uneven mix. From the heartwarming holiday show Who Killed Santa? to a cleverly-constructed comedy about an agoraphobic elevator operator, Haven’s work has an enjoyable energy about it. My wife and I still occasionally talk about a comic short he wrote for Pink Banana Theatre featuring a group of ducks in a fountain in Las Vegas. Ha...
01.17.2011 | | Posted at 06:37 AM

Uprooted/Renaissance's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

By Russ Bickerstaff
There simply are NOT enough decent� stage roles for African-Americans in Milwaukee theatre. With solidly impressive performances of a competent contemporary script, Uprooted/Renaissance Theaterworks’ production of Crumbs From The Table of Joy is a quietly dazzling illustration of this. Uprooted Theatre Managing Director/co-founder Marti Gobel is joined by a cast of regional actors in a story r...
03.14.2010 | | Posted at 01:59 PM

Theatre Company Returns to Beauty’s Daughter with Marti Gobel

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a year beset by a greater than usual number of adjustments and cancellations on the Milwaukee stage, Uprooted Theatre has had to cancel its production of The Colored Museum due to the difficulties of scrambling to replace a couple of actresses and other scheduling conflicts. As a result, the relatively new theatre company will be returning to the stage this coming week with a production of D...
01.19.2010 | | Posted at 06:06 PM

Tennessee Williams’ Classic Hits the Tenth Street Theatre for One Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s all too easy to get the impression that Tennessee Williams’ classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire is a bit overrated. Very few modern plays have the kind of longevity and high profile awarded the story of Stella, Stanley and Blanche. Having seen a staging of it in the past couple of years, its status as a classic is undeniable. If the 65 year-old play feels at all cliché it’s becau...