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02.03.2012 | | Posted at 10:38 AM

Be Spectacled hosts an evening of local comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
I do sincerely hope that I am not the last person to have found out that there'™s sort of a hipster optometrist's place in Wauwatosa. I suppose it makes sense . . . I mean . . . they're looking for anything offbeat to turn trendy with their asymmetrical haircuts and what have you . . . (I probably sound very, very old but a hipster spelling bee? Really?) In any case, the hipster optometrist's i...
01.03.2012 | | Posted at 02:13 PM

More sketch under pressure at CoemdySportz

By Russ Bickerstaff
Having been around long enough to safely be considered a “long-running,” comedy tradition, Patrick Schmitz’s Sketch 22 celebrates it EIGHTH outing this coming January the 7th. The idea is cute . . . not altogether unlike another similar longer-running program in town that has come across as being more than a little in-bred over the years . . . 10 groups of writers, 10 directors and no less...
08.07.2011 | | Posted at 11:17 PM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the end of the fest

By Russ Bickerstaff
SATURDAY By the third night of the festival, things started to feel a little bleary. I’d been to ComedySportz before, but not THREE DAYS IN A ROW. The laughter started to stick together between the beer and the humidity. And I was enjoying the effect quite a bit. Christy Watson opened the evening with some stand-up. The first group on the evening was Meanwhile. The Milwaukee-based improv group...
08.05.2011 | | Posted at 11:53 AM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the first two programs

By Russ Bickerstaff
Return To The Fest At A New Place The next annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival takes the stage of ComedySportz this weekend. ComedySportz is in such a strange area of town—that weird hinge between downtown and Walker’s Point that is home to paint and carpeting stores, an active pair of train tracks and a couple of empty spaces patiently waiting to become vacation condos for rich Chicagoans. O...
03.02.2011 | | Posted at 10:23 AM

Two Patrick Schmitz pieces in March

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local playwright and funnyman Patrick Schmitz is a busy guy. This month he has not one, but two different scripts making their formal debut in two different formats. Today’s...or, actually...This Sunday’s Tom Sawyer On March 6th, Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre�breaks with tradition and working with a script not written by Charles Sommers. Patrick Schmitz’s Radio WHT comedic twist on Twain’s c...
11.15.2010 | | Posted at 05:09 AM

Kid’s Improv Comedy From First Stage At The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center on Saturday

By Russ Bickerstaff
In and amidst another respectably busy weekend for theatre openings, First Stage Children’s Theatre’s Improv comedy students will be performing throughout the mid-day this coming Saturday, Performances are free of charge to attend.    The free improv comedy show starts at 11:45 am with the 7th grade students. 8th grades students begin at 1pm. High School Students perform at 2:15pm. The ad...
10.20.2010 | | Posted at 12:19 AM

Staged theatrical comedy about theatre, the stage and comedy looking to cast in mid-December.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Some time ago, Patrick Schmitz exhaustively interviewed an exhaustive number of people involved in local theatre. (75, actually.) It was research for an upcoming script about life in local, Midwestern theatre. Some time ago, there was a reading of said script which included rather intriguing performances by Alex Grindeland, Beth Lewinski and a few others. The script is evidently in some stage ...
04.13.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 AM

Patrick Schmitz’s Latest Isotope

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s a very, very busy week ahead. There’s a big, fluffy musical coming to the Marcus Center. There's a one-weekend only staging of The Vagina Monologues. Dale Gutzman has a new show opening just down the street from it that sounds considerably darker. Milwaukee Chamber has a comedy that’s probably considerably darker than that opening at the Broadway Theatre center. The Sunset Playhouse ...
03.24.2010 | | Posted at 07:44 PM

More Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
  As I write this, local funny guys Patrick Schmitz and Dave Bogan are only a little over an hour away from their next Game Show Night at the Alchemist Theatre. The strange mix of comedy and game show-like social dynamics sounds like fun. And if you’re only just now hearing about this, it may be too late. The Facebook invitation has already registered some 23 confirmed guests. When one consi...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Easing Back Into The Theatre Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
I found myself at the Alchemist Theatre for a rather long time last night. I had an interview scheduled with Andrew Edwin Voss about his role in the new upcoming Youngblood show Red Light Winter. (Transcripts from the interview will be posted un a couple of weeks.) As I was set to attend the reading of the most recent incarnation of the new play by Patrick Schmitz, I elected to meet with him at...