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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Alchemist’s Comic Alternative

 Alchemist Theatre presents an improv comedy alternative to tired re-mountings of other Christmas shows that dominate many stages. A cast of five perform one hour of improv split into two acts. Act one contains short
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 Aaron Kopec's horror stories at the Alchemist Theatre have collected quite a rogues' gallery over the years. Past villains have included Dracula, Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. This fall, Kopec delves into less familiar...
08.17.2012 | | Posted at 01:02 AM

Another exceptionally fun time traveling Natalie Ryan show at the Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
The "turn off your cell phone" announcement at the beginning of a theatrical show has been done in a variety of different creative ways over the years. I don't think I'd ever heard it quite the way I did last night. Those making the announcement threatened to blow-up the planet if we didn't comply with the request. It was the beginning of another Vince Figueroa/Beth Lewinski Natalie Ryan play. Th...
08.14.2012 | | Posted at 11:52 PM

Uncommonly good promo images for shows that have emerged in August

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Quite often, promo pics for upcoming shows give me something to post into a blog . . . and they look really nice next to a print review, but occasionally there are some that go beyond that and they end up hanging out on my desktop for a bit longer than usual . . . lately there have been quite a few of these . . . here's a look at some of my favorites . . .      Fools For Tragedy have had a...
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Considering the diversity of theater offerings, it's surprising that certain genres don't get more play on local stages. Science fiction may have its place on the big screen, but it's rarely explored in Milwaukee theater. Last year, Vince Figueroa...
08.01.2012 | | Posted at 07:51 AM

A look back at the 2011-2012 Theatre Year In Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro Being a theatre critic who attends 100+ shows per year, my year is defined a bit differently than a standard calendar will allow for. My year starts in August with the first shows of the new theatre season,  continues through May as regular season switches gears for the summer shows and finally ends in July as the new theatre season gets underway the following month . . . and so each ye...
08.02.2012 | | Posted at 07:47 AM

The 2011-2012 Theatre Year in Milwaukee Remembered

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro Being a theatre critic who attends 100+ annually, my year is defined a bit differently than a standard calendar will allow for. My year starts in August with the first shows of the new theatre season,  continues through May as regular season switches gears for the summer shows and finally ends in July as the new theatre season gets underway the following month . . . and so each year I l...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Modern productions of Shakespeare sometimes switch things up with respect to gender. The late Milwaukee Shakespeare created a memorable production of The Taming of the Shrew in which men played all of the roles. This summer...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Making its debut this past weekend, Aaron Kopec's Help Wanted is a deeply witty allegory about human desire at the dawn of the information age. The story, set in a 1940s workplace, cleverly weaves aspects of IBM's early history with sexual desire and office...

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