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03.06.2011 | | Posted at 08:32 AM

The Challenge of Costuming a Show In Purgatory

By Russ Bickerstaff
Louella Powell sits at a long table in the basement of UWM�s Theatre building working on a wig. The wig is just one small part of a project that includes costuming for Sigmund Freud, Mother Theresa, and a large man playing Saint Monica as a drag queen. The dress a student is working on not far from her looks deceptively simple. The costuming for the production in question is actually quite elabo...
03.07.2011 | | Posted at 08:32 AM

Sandy Strawn works with students to bring the tiny effects of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISARIOT to the stage.

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � When I walk into the prop shop at UWM, I ask to speak with Sandy Strawn. I am shown to a woman who is toiling away on a piece of slate. She�s working text onto the slate in an Asian language�I believe Chinese. She�s working on a writ from God. The original plan was to have the memo from god written on velum�something ethereal-looking that would look beautiful in the right light. The prop shop...
03.05.2011 | | Posted at 09:40 AM

An early look at UWM Theatre’s staging of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve been given the opportunity for behind-the-scenes access for UWM’s latest upcoming main stage production. This is the first in a series of blogs . . .      Can You Forgive? New Yorker Rebecca Holderness has been working with UWM for a number of years now. It’s a bit odd, but every time I have an extended conversation with her, I have the desire to dispel notions that Milwaukee ...
11.07.2010 | | Posted at 10:05 AM

SHORT CUTS is high-class, low-impact comedy at Kenilworth Square East

By Russ Bickerstaff
A quick jaunt up the elevators and you�re into a cozy studio theatre space not far from the UWM campus. Classic TV sitcom theme songs play to a gradually growing audience. Tickets are passed-out for a drawing. At intermission, there will be a drawing for a free pizza from downstairs. It�s a very casual environment for UWM Theatre�s production of Davi Ives� Short Cuts: the Raeleen McMillion-direct...
04.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’m going to see a play from the late 18th century, so I’m a bit surprised to see the stage. The atmosphere in UWM’s studio theatre feels very distinctly 1980’s. The floor is painted in a black and white checkerboard. Clothes bearing bright, primary colors lie strewn about the stage. Audience members come close to trampling over them on the way to their seats . . . the seats in the UWM Stu...