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04.04.2010 | | Posted at 08:02 AM

Who They Are Based On How They Acknowledge The Audience

By Russ Bickerstaff
For a variety of reasons, Next Act’s new show the Value of Names has been a lot of fun to think about over the course of the next day. One of the more subtle aspects of the show that won’t make it into my print review this coming week is the production’s rather interesting use of the fourth wall for characterization . . . Written by Jeffrey Sweet, the play features three different characters...
04.03.2010 | | Posted at 09:22 AM

Next Act Opens Its Final Show At The Of-Broadway

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre continues its consistently high standards as Robert Spencer, John Kishline and Kelsey Brennan star in The Value of Names.  The typically classy atmosphere at the Off Broadway Theatre for a Next Act opening was a bit bittersweet this time around. The Value of Names is the last Next Act show at the Off-Broadway theatre before Next Act moves to the Tenth Street Theatre on its way o ...
Monday, March 29, 2010

Theater Preview

It’s always a pleasure to see an actor paired with the perfect role. One of the season’s best potential matches graces the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre this week, as Next Act Theatre closes its 20th season with Jeffrey Sweet’s The Value of Names...
02.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:17 AM

The Intrinsic Appeal of Next Act’s Purgatorio

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a magazine somewhere in the mid-1980’s, I ran across a brilliantly minimalist narrative piece called Nogard. The premise was very simple: Take an epic hero—one who has been through a long series of breathtaking adventures conquered adversity and come through it all to become legendary--take this hero and put him or her into a vacuum and see what happens. This is the intrinsic appeal of Ar...
01.30.2010 | | Posted at 06:17 PM

Friday Night Mixed a Next Act Opening Night With A Benefit for Two Injured Actors

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife and I arrived at the Off- Broadway Theatre. It was presumably one of the last time that would be happening what with Next Act moving out of the space soon. The opening night crowd for Purgatorio was impressive, including a number of highly recognizable theatre people. My wife and I sat in front of John McGivern. Norman Moses was there. Matt Kemple invited me to Monday’s Love’s Fire wit...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Next Act's Next Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Somewhere amidst researching my theatre preview column for next week, I realized that Next Act’s production of Seven Stories is the one show I’m looking forward to this month more than any other. Yes, Carte Blanche has an opening next week as well, but I’ve already seen a different production of The Producers recently with the Skylight and so I’m not looking forward to it as much a...
02.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As I prepare to tenuously navigate through a weekend in which I will be attending four shows in three days, I can’ help but notice that there have been a couple of upcoming seasons announced . . . Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season next year, Next Act Theatre. Next Act’s 19th Season has, thus far, consistently been an extremely satisfying one. How does the theatre company follow-up such a...
02.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Trough February 22nd, Next Act Theatre stages its production of Lee Blessing’s drama Going To St. Ives. It’s the story of a British ocular surgeon and the mother of a brutal African dictator. The Next Act production features Milwaukee Rep resident actress Laura Gordon as the surgeon and  Chicago-based actress Ora Jones as the mother. The production is directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. I spoke ...
02.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Trough February 22nd, Next Act Theatre stages its production of Lee Blessing’s drama Going To St, Ives. It’s the story of a British ocular surgeon and the mother of an African dictator. The Next Act production features Milwaukee Rep resident actress Laura Gordon as the surgeon and  Chicago-based actress Ora Jones as the mother. The production is directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. I spoke with t...
02.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Through February 22nd, Next Act Theatre stages its production of Lee Blessing’s drama Going To St, Ives. It’s the story of a British ocular surgeon and the mother of an African dictator. The Next Act production features Milwaukee Rep resident actress Laura Gordon as the surgeon and  Chicago-based actress Ora Jones as the mother. The production is directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. I spoke with ...

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