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09.26.2014 | 6 days ago | Posted at 04:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In 1980, Irish playwright Brian Friel wrote Translations. It was a three-act, “about language and only about language,” that actually dealt with a lot of issues involving communication and cultural imperialism. The original production was staged in Northern Ireland 24 years ago. The cast included a younger Liam Neeson. It was performed amidst the conflict that was  present in Derry, Nor...
09.24.2014 | 8 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In the years to come, online video just might become indispensable in promoting upcoming local theater shows. There are bound to be a lot of soft-sell approaches that have more to do with image than they do the actual show that’s being promoted. These can be really cool if they’re done right but they can be really confusing if they’re not. (I understand that’s the performer in front of a b...
09.23.2014 | 9 days ago | Posted at 03:33 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Four young working-class people struggle with increasing dissatisfaction in dead-end lives and increasing dissatisfaction with each other in Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty. The third part of a contemporary thematic exploration of the modern-day obsession with the superficial signifiers of identity, the comedy follows The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. The play, which debuted in 2008, (and subs...
09.22.2014 | 10 days ago | Posted at 05:38 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always nice to hear about an upcoming show in an intimate venue. Later-on it’s nice when the show in question happens to feature really good actors. If it also happens to be a world premiere, that’s kind of a bonus. Only recently did I get formal word on further details on Windfall Theatre’s upcoming world premiere of Identita. Written by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professional...
09.21.2014 | 11 days ago | Posted at 05:35 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was likely seen as being incredibly revolutionary when it made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1966. Now the existentialist look at the lives of two hopelessly doomed minor characters from Hamlet is pretty standard fare that’s found stages in colleges, universities and community thea...
09.19.2014 | 13 days ago | Posted at 05:29 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little over a decade ago, a gentleman by the name of George Reinblatt sought out approval from Hollywood film director Sam Raimi and B action movie icon Bruce Campbell. What was he looking to get approved? A stage musical adaptation of the Evil Dead trilogy. I can’t decide whether it’s surprising or not  that he actually got the clearance to go ahead with the project. The rock musical w...
09.18.2014 | 14 days ago | Posted at 05:26 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It sounds like a very depressing drama. A guy finds his baby daughter deathly ill. So he withdraws from friends and family. His daughter dies so he slips into alcoholism. Then there’s the auto accident. Actually, however, it’s an uplifting drama called Sleepwalking by Sean Gaffney. In February of 2013 a production of the drama was staged by Morning Star Productions. This week a production of t...
09.17.2014 | 15 days ago | Posted at 05:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Wisconsin Premiere of The Addams Family Musical is a sparklingly sharp and intimate evening of musical theater. Theatre Unchained manages to pack quite a lot of production into its tiny space with the darkly comedic musical theatre tribute to a group of characters that originated as a New Yorker comics series, moved to TV and made a hit in Hollywood in the 1990s before the musical debuted onst...
09.16.2014 | 16 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I realize that it’s a classic of horror cinema, but I could never get into Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Carrie. Maybe it’s the fact that Sissy Spacek just didn’t feel right in the role for me. Or maybe it’s the fact that I really don’t like the overall aesthetic of most 1970s horror movies. In anticipation of the upcoming local musical production of Carrie I recently watche...
09.15.2014 | 17 days ago | Posted at 04:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
UniverSoul celebrates 20 years in existence with a performance a tour that comes to town this month. The multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts makes it to the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis Sept. 17 - 21. What had started as a dream to put together a single evening of entertainment for a full family continues into its third decade with ...

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