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05.05.2010 | | Posted at 04:23 PM

Two Actresses Look Really Good While Deliberately Performing Badly

By Russ Bickerstaff
Deliberately staging bad productions for comic effect can be a lot more difficult to pull of than anything more straightforward. From Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock to Michael Frayn’s Noises Off (by way of the farce’s play within  play Nothing On) to David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr’s Farndale series, the challenge of bringing deliberately bad performances to the stage for comic ef...
05.02.2010 | | Posted at 01:36 PM

Bad Comedy Well-Attended—Good Comedy Under-Attended

By Russ Bickerstaff
Thus far, this weekend’s been a study in contrasting comedy. Friday night I saw a reasonably large number of people attend a relatively large comedy in Waukesha. The comedy in question wasn’t that funny. Clearly there had been thought and effort put into what was essentially a pretty bad script (written by Caroline Smith.) Last night, I saw a much smaller show with far fewer people in attenda...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Idle Thoughts At The End Of The Calendar Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Last week before a show at the Alchemist, I ran into Alice Wilson—someone I knew in college who has found interesting theatrical work with local theatre group The M.U.T.E.S. The silent film-style live comedy group has found itself traveling quite a bit getting gigs at a variety of different venues. Alice likes the arrangement—evidently preferring the road gigs with no permanent home I don�...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Fake Radio Theatre . . . On Real Radio

By Russ Bickerstaff
Old-timey radio group Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre  has carved out a pleasant little niche for itself as a group that presents fun little retro comedy shows. Set around the fictional WHT's live radio studio in the golden age of wireless, writer Charles Sommers’ scripts have a clever comic timing to them that are sharp and fast-paced. The shows are usually presented in an intimate studio theatre ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Radio WHT and Pleasant Friday Night Disorientation

By Russ Bickerstaff
Attending a show that starts at 10pm is a bit unsettling for someone who attends a great deal of theatre . . . having things get started a couple of hours later than I’m used to made the entire evening feel two hours earlier than it actually was. The mild disorientation lent a lot to the generally enjoyable mood at the Alchemist Theatre as Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre had its first late night stagi...
05.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I found myself in a nearly sold-out Alchemist Theatre last night. It was the first of two performances of Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre’s Wizard of Oz spoof. Checking things out online, I couldn’t help but notice that both performances of the show (there’s one next week Sunday as well) were more or less sold out. At last glance, there were only a few seats left on next week’s performance. It’...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Theater Preview

According to legend, the first-ever network radio adaptation of the Wizard of Oz was produced in Milwaukee in 1933, roughly six years prior to the release of the classic MGM musical. No recordings exist of this 1933 version, a kids' program sponsored by Jell-O, but the story goes that the WTMJ-produced NBC serial from the Wisconsin Hybrid Theatregolden age of radio was closer to Frank Baum's...
04.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d arrived at the Alchemist Theatre  on Sunday afternoon for what is quickly beginning to look like my first of 7 shows in 8 days. The show running for two performances is Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes. Picking-up a beer from the bar, I waited around with the rest of a sellout crowd at the Alchemist. Just before the house opened, Actors in costume and character playing old-time ...
04.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This Week: A Bluesman, A Rock Star and Sherlock Holmes Next Week: 9 shows open.   It’s the regular season, which means that there are more than a dozen shows opening this month. This week marks the second in a row with only a couple of shows opening—Milwaukee Rep’s  I Just Stopped By To See The Man and Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre’s staged old-timey radio reading of Sherlock Holmes on ...

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