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08.09.2014 | 110 days ago | Posted at 05:19 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Given what an explosive time in history it was, it’s staggering to think that the Civil Rights Movement peaked as recently as half a century ago. People were risking their lives for equality in a United States that was eerily similar to the one we find ourselves in now.This November, Uprooted Theatre presents a one-performance-only staging of civil rights a drama set in Mississippi in 1964. Free...
11.15.2014 | 12 days ago | Posted at 04:09 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Pink Banana Theatre Co. recently announced a call for scripts for its next One Acts program. The title of their 11th shorts show is Issue #11: SUPERHEROES! Kind of a challenging topic for a small-budget shorts program, but this could get interesting if they get the right scripts.Obviously, it would be highly unlikely that Pink Banana would be looking to stage anything featuring established tradema...
11.14.2014 | 13 days ago | Posted at 03:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In mentioning “medical clowns,” I refuse to make any obvious jokes about the people in charge of billing for medical insurance companies or drug reps for pharmaceutical companies or even my former ocular surgeon. Such jokes might be a bit too obvious and would be missing the point entirely. The point is that there’s real healing in laughter. It takes special people to be both knowledgable in...
11.13.2014 | 14 days ago | Posted at 03:49 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I love the local theater community. It’s probably been a while since I’ve come right out and said as much. Here’s another reason why: Someone is hosting a workshop for “Intro to Musical Improv and Using Film & Theatre Genres in Improv.” To those of us on the outside, a class like this sounds impossibly arcane and...downright weird. Local musical theatre/improv guru Jacob D. Bach (one...
11.12.2014 | 15 days ago | Posted at 03:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre starts a Saturday night date night package this month with Saturday evening performances of Heresy. A.R. Gurney’s contemporary satirical re-telling of a 2,000 year-old story serves as the centerpiece for the evening. Next Act teams-up with Wine Maniacs on the River. There’s a three-course dinner specially prepared for the evening. According to the promotional copy, “Each cou...
11.11.2014 | 16 days ago | Posted at 05:40 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
My three year-old daughter has asked many things of me. Quite a lot of them involve Hello Kitty and going to the park at inappropriate times. I’m quite thankful that she has not, as of yet, requested that I get the moon for her. I anticipate that this is probably coming, though...maybe even tonight.Children’s book author Eric Carle’s Papa, please get the moon for me was originally published ...
11.11.2014 | 16 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Feast of Crispian is a fascinating project that pairs theater professionals with U.S. military veterans. For the last 18 months, Jim Tasse and his colleagues have been working with veterans from the Zablocki V.A. teaching acting techniques with specific Shakespeare scenes to enrich and inform on more formal therapies.The work is ready for a formal performance, which will occur tomorrow in a pu...
11.04.2014 | 23 days ago | Posted at 03:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Cirque du Soleil originally staged Varekai a dozen years ago in Montréal. The show has had a really exhaustive touring schedule. The original North American Tour lasted for four years. Its latest North American Tour started just last year. The tour finds its way to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in mid-December for a couple of performances.With a title that literally translates to “wherever...
11.10.2014 | 17 days ago | Posted at 03:43 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) simply refuses to die. So many have tried to kill it in the past, but it keeps coming back again and again and again and again. Local groups who have staged the comedy have included The Milwaukee Rep and Soulstice Theatre. Gretchen Mahkorn was quite charming in a staging of the comedy as one of The World’s S...
11.09.2014 | 18 days ago | Posted at 02:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Dale Gutzman’s Off the Wall Theatre brings an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien to life this month. From Boris Karloff to Robert DeNiro, there have been countless interpretations of the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein in cinema over the years. The Off the Wall staging in one of the most intimate theaters in town features Off the Wall regular Jeremy Welter playing the role in an ada...

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