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03.20.2012 | | Posted at 10:31 AM

Always…Patsy Cline asks a lot of a woman in the title role.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  When I walked out of the Milwaukee Rep’s Always…Patsy Cline I was more than a little disappointed. By the time I’d left the Jay and Patty Baker Theatre complex, I’d had the show pretty much in perspective. Yes: to be fair, Kelly Faulkner is charming as Patsy Cline. And no—she doesn’t have a voice with anywhere near the kind of haunting depth that Cline had, but is it right to exp...
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...
01.17.2012 | | Posted at 03:31 PM

A Fun Show for those wh haven’t already seen it and those who might be a little obsessed with it.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of William Shakesepare (Abridged) is roughly 25 years of age in 2012.  The theatre/sketch comedy hybrid out of California has become a huge hit all over the world and continues to be produced various places. The Milwaukee Rep just opened a production of the show that runs through mid-March at the Stackner Cabaret. This is my third time seeing a...
12.29.2011 | | Posted at 04:50 PM

Reduced Shakespeare Company Script gets its latest staging with the Rep.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The California-based Reduced Shakespeare Company has had quite a bit of success with one of its first shows—The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.) What started out as ind of high-end sketch comedy has become a huge stage phenomenon. Regional productions have popped up all over the place in the many years since it debuted. A recent Soulstice Theatre production was followed by a ...
03.24.2011 | | Posted at 12:26 PM

Milwaukee Rep brings THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS to Cabaret

By Russ Bickerstaff
A strange and imperfect fusion of Shakespeare and hip-hop, The Bomb-itty of Errors is a satisfactorily bizarre evening at the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret. Havign debuted elsewhere a little while back, the retro hip-hop re-telling of Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors has met with critical acclaim. The Rep brings its own deft spin on a weird hybrid as it presents a production of the show now through...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Theater Review

The Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret concludes its season with Route 66, Roger Bean’s musical tribute to the open road. The musical starts with the all-male, four-member cast singing at a service station in Chicago and follows them along the legendary stretch of concrete all the way to California. Like any road trip, there are moments that blur together...
03.18.2010 | | Posted at 05:13 PM

And sometimes it takes a man tap dancing in drag

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s always difficult to tell what’s going to draw an audience into a performance. That complex dynamic between the audience, the performers and the material they are performing can be kind of difficult to bring into focus. The right kind of energy can be difficult to come by. The performance dynamic at the Rep's Stackner Cabaret last night was kind of interesting. The St. Patrick’s Day ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

William Knowles at the Stackner

By Russ Bickerstaff
Over the years of seeing shows at the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret, I’ve come to appreciate the work of William Knowles. That quiet, charismatic guy at the piano makes it to the stage of the Stackner Cabaret for his seventh time these next two months, appearing pianist/musical director of its latest production—Roz White's Pearl Bailey . . . By Request. The set-up of the band at the Stackner usual...
Monday, Jan. 14, 2008

A world-premiere musical

Most residents of southeast Wisconsin, even music fans, are still surprised to learn that Port Washington and Grafton were home to a significant blues label in the 1920s, Paramount Records. Awareness has been rising: Dutch blues researcher Alex van der Tuuk authored a book on the label, and a . . .

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