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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Theater Review

Off the Wall Theatre director Dale Gutzman adds some stylish touches while exploring the dark end of fairy tales in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The tiny space of the studio theater is split in half. The audience sits on the right, and the stage rests on the left. A skyline serves as background as the show fades in with the sounds...
04.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:20 AM

Off The Wall Theatre stages update of the Pied Piper story

By Russ Bickerstaff
In the past couple of months, a number of new plays by local playwrights have debuted on Milwaukee stages. A solidly entertaining thriller, Dale Gutzman�s new Off The Wall Theatre show, which opened last night, compares favorably with every other locally-written debut in the past couple of months. Far from brilliant or breathtaking, Guzman�s Hamlin is nonetheless an admirably ambitious concept com...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
This past weekend the Boulevard Theatre’s intimate All’s Well That Ends Well joined Shakespearean productions by two other studio theaters to add to a Bard-filled month in Milwaukee. Off the Wall Theatre presented Macbeth and Carte Blanche Studios produced Much Ado About Nothing. As of this writing, all but two...
02.19.2010 | | Posted at 05:50 PM

What Do You Say To Macbeth before the show?--Scattered thoughts On Off The Walls Macbeth.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Two of the three Shakespeare productions to open this month open on consecutive nights, which has allowed me the opportunity to attend both Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing on consecutive evenings. Due to a strange and irregular schedule for the day, I�d arrived at the Off The Wall Theatre a bit early for Macbeth. I�d considered going in a bit early and slouching about Off The Wall�s tiny st...
01.18.2010 | | Posted at 03:00 PM

Three Different Shakespeare Productions Open Next Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the local theatre season continues into 2010, the second month of the New Year sees an odd concentration of unrelated Shakespeare productions. All three are in small studio theatres, allowing local audiences an opportunity to ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLOpening on February 10th, The Boulevard Theatre’s production of one of Shakespeare’s rarely-produced plays. In promotion of the play, the ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Three Shows Already Sold-Out This Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
The bad economy may be hurting the local theatre business as it does everything these days, but it’s nice to know that in the month of December there are a number of shows that have sold out a good portion of their tickets prior to opening night. Just a few days after Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph The Pissed-Off Reindeer sold out the remainder of its run at the Alchemist Theatre. for the year, Dal...
05.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Whether or not it’s actually the case, it feels like there has been more of a concentration of heavy drama this past month than any other single month since the season began last August. In the Milwaukee theatre market, most months there usually tends to be one big drama opening, a few comedies and a few musicals. This month has amped-up the dramatic ratio  with  Windfall’s production of ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Theater Review

Off the Wall Theatre opted for a casual, lounge atmosphere for its spring fund-raising production of Broadway Gold. The show had all of the staging, costuming and choreography one might expect from a full production, but the cast kept things from getting too formal-a welcome relief at the end of a standard theater season...