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09.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:36 AM

Damned Theatre Opens With Provocative Historical Drama In An Organic Period Setting

By Russ Bickerstaff
I was a part of the final audience of The Damned last night . . . (actually, it was the final audience of Damned Theatre’s first show: A Rising Wind: The Lady Elgin Story. A drama written by Edward Morgan and John Kishline about one of the greatest naval tragedies in the histories of the Great Lakes.)  The show’s one-weekend-only performances took place entirely at the Best Place Tavern at...
08.28.2010 | | Posted at 10:40 AM

The Acro-Cats’ Entertaining Return to Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
    I remember reading a theory that stated that the domestication of the house cat was something of an unspoken agreement between both parties. Humans didn’t mind cats hanging around because they killed vermin that made life difficult for people. Cats didn’t mind being around people because the vermin that they fed on tended to be attracted to us and our food. Over the years, the relations...
08.26.2010 | | Posted at 11:07 PM

New Theatre Company Debuts With Lady Elgin Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always interesting when shows get announced only weeks before their openings. So many shows appear months after they were first mentioned. Months of advance notice is nice, but the last-minute ones keep a theatre season interesting. Not too long ago, the latest new theatre company—The Damned Theatre�announced its premiere production—A Rising Wind. It’s a drama about the sinking of t...
08.20.2010 | | Posted at 07:31 PM

More Over-The Air Performances Slated for Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
 The “hybrid” in Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre likely comes from the fusion between two different performances within each performance. The group of local contemporary stage actors play a group of vintage radio actors from the golden age of broadcasting. Actors play actors playing characters. It isn’t radio, but it’s not really a fully staged theatrical comedy in  the traditional sense, e...
08.19.2010 | | Posted at 07:29 PM

Plymouth Arts Center Debuts WHAT’S BABY’S NAME?

By Russ Bickerstaff
    It’s been kind of a busy summer for debuts . . . come September, there will have been some half a dozen new shows making their first trip to the stage in and around Milwaukee. Next week’s Playdaters with Neil Haven sounds interesting. Last month, Youngblood debuted the surreal drama Drive Me To Arson. Both shows will have gone on to be produced in fringe two different Midwestern fringe ...
08.18.2010 | | Posted at 12:36 PM

Sunset Playhouse celebrates 50 years with GASLIGHT REVUE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Vaudeville was a huge, network of variety performances that proliferated in an era dominated by only one major broadcast medium. By the late 1920’s, Vaudeville had almost died out due to the proliferation of cinema. About twenty years after the fall of Vaudeville, a theatre opened-up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin that remains there to this day. The Sunset Playhouse rounds out its 50th anniversary s...
08.17.2010 | | Posted at 03:31 PM

Work of Mark Wale and Lady Augusta Gregory staged in Lapham Peak State Park

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the final weeks of outdoor summer theatre make their way across various stages in remote parts of the state, a somewhat more local park will be hosting a trio of Irish shorts at the end of the month.   Lapham Peak State Park plays host to two plays written by Lady Augusta Gregory and one by Mark Wale as presented by SummerStage of Delafield.  The Mark Wale short Bad Sunday evidently makes i...
08.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:04 PM

New Theatre Company Opens In September

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The summer has been crowded by debuts from new theatre companies. Earlier today, yet another new theatre company sent out a press release about its debut production. Starting September 17th, Theatrical Tendencies opens its doors with the Milwaukee premiere of Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story. The production opens seven months prior to In Tandem Theatre’s production of the musical...
07.18.2010 | | Posted at 07:54 PM

Over Our Head Players Presents World Premiere Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Summer Theatre is always a bit weird come July/August. Between The Sunset Playhouse�s production of Hair and Nicholas Cialdini�s Boomtown, this weekend is an impromptu area theatre tribute to baby boomers. There are musicals and comedies opening nearly every week between now and late August. Hair leads to Hairspray�Into The Woods, then Chess. There will be performing cats from Chicago at the Alch...