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07.30.2010 | | Posted at 11:02 AM

In Tandem Presents Neil Haven’s Playdaters

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � This year, August ends with a quick, little comedy presented by In Tandem Theatre.�The�Play Daters is a fresh, new comedy by reasonably local playwright Neil Haven. The comedy, which tells the tale of a couple of guys working to exploit a dating website, originally debuted in a student production at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.� The script has been updated since, making it to the sta...
03.08.2010 | | Posted at 10:14 PM

A number of shows open in the next few weeks featuring newer work by local playwrights.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There are a number of elements that absolutely must be present in order for a city to maintain a sustainable, substantially diverse theatre scene. Chief among them is the cultivation of work by local playwrights. These next couple of months, a series of shows open featuring new work by local playwrights. Here’s a quick glance at what’s already onstage and what’s ahead:   In Tandem’s exc...
03.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:42 PM

In Tandem's Latest Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre continues its season with a production of Neil Haven’s Stuck. The show opened this past weekend. I’d seen the show before when it’s inaugural UW-Whitewater production came to the In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre in August of ’08. Directed by In Tandem co-founder Chris Flieller, the show has considerably more aesthetic depth to it than the original production. Flieller...
02.16.2010 | | Posted at 07:07 PM

Next Week Two Features Two Shows By Local Playwright

By Russ Bickerstaff
Neil Haven has had a great deal of success on both local stages lately. The irreverent puppet show staging of his Who Killed Santa? Returned for a second staging last winter. This coming week, two more of his scripts make it to the stage. At 7:30 pm on Monday, February 22nd, the MGAC presents a staged reading of a new piece that they had commissioned him to write. The impressive cast of Angela...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Indie Theatre Comedy Returns This Year in a New Venue

By Russ Bickerstaff
Now in its second year, Neil Haven’s holiday comedy Who Killed Santa? is being staged in separate productions in Milwaukee and Denver, Colorado. The appeal of the play is difficult to define. On the surface, the premise sounds kind of disinteresting—Santa Claus is murdered at a Holiday party attended by Christmas characters including Rudolph, Frosty, Tiny Tim and the Little Drummer Boy. Dar...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

This Weekend Two Holiday Spoofs Open A Handfull of Paces Away From Each Other

By Russ Bickerstaff
There is something intrinsically irreverent about the holiday season. Christians are quick to point out the commercialism that has hijacked the holy day, leading people astray from the “true meaning,” of the holiday season. They do so having forgotten that the Christian use of the holiday was itself a hijacking of the original pagan celebration it helped to wipe-out.  Jesus Christ is a brand ...
12.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
An email came-in this morning prompting this last-minute addition to the local holiday theatre season. Playwright Neil Haven (who most recently staged a charming comedy about an agoraphobic girl living out of a hotel elevator) has written an adult, indie holiday comedy entitled: Who Killed Santa? The premise sounds promising: Santa Claus’ annual Christmas party is marred when someone murders hi...
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008

Theater Preview

Playwright Neil Haven doesn't recall when or why he imagined an agoraphobic live-in elevator operator, but he does know why he wrote it down. There's an inherently dramatic dynamic to an offbeat character like that. That kind of character dynamic fits rather nicely in the center of a plot structure. The plot in question is that of Haven's new play Stuck, which opens Aug. 14th at the 10th Street Theatre. The play debuted last month on the campus at UW-Whitewater, where the production was developed . .