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03.08.2010 | | Posted at 10:14 PM

A number of shows open in the next few weeks featuring newer work by local playwrights.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There are a number of elements that absolutely must be present in order for a city to maintain a sustainable, substantially diverse theatre scene. Chief among them is the cultivation of work by local playwrights. These next couple of months, a series of shows open featuring new work by local playwrights. Here’s a quick glance at what’s already onstage and what’s ahead:   In Tandem’s exc...
03.06.2010 | | Posted at 08:29 AM

The Reps RADIO GOLF a look back at the late 90s

By Russ Bickerstaff
By the time I�d made it to opening night of the Rep�s Radio Golf last night, I�d already sat in two different theatres for three different shows over the course of the day. I was a bit exhausted. I couldn�t�ve asked for a better show to end the day on. The Rep�s radio Golf is a really well-realized piece of contemporary political drama. It�s a bit strange going to a show at the Rep�s Stiemke Thea...
03.02.2010 | | Posted at 05:24 PM

The Hinterlands Ensemble Revisits Newtons Birthday

By Russ Bickerstaff
It�s been established that Newton�s vision of a clockwork universe is wrong. That�s okay. The guy was still a genius. Time is relative. So I guess we can be a little vague with the date and pretend it�s still his birthday this week�maybe next week too. The man who would have been roughly 367 years old this past January 4th gets another birthday party this week and next thanks to encore performan...
03.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:42 PM

In Tandem's Latest Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre continues its season with a production of Neil Haven’s Stuck. The show opened this past weekend. I’d seen the show before when it’s inaugural UW-Whitewater production came to the In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre in August of ’08. Directed by In Tandem co-founder Chris Flieller, the show has considerably more aesthetic depth to it than the original production. Flieller...
02.24.2010 | | Posted at 07:22 PM

New York-Based Aquila Theatre performs at UW-Whitewater Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Founded in London in �91. New York-based Aquila Theatre Company has kind of a restless schedule. The group does a regular season in New York and also regularly tours the country with various shows. Next week, the company arrives at UW-Whitewater for a pair of shows. On Tuesday March 2nd, Aquila presents Henrik Ibsen�s An Enemy Of The People. The late 19th century drama has a remarkably fresh st...
02.23.2010 | | Posted at 05:37 PM

Period Drama With An Impressive Cast

By Russ Bickerstaff
Windfall Theatre’s Three  Sisters is an engrossing tragicomedy marred by few significant flaws. As the play opens, the audience surrounds a few pieces of period-esque furniture. There are a few characters in attendance. We’re here to watch them, but the very casual and organic feel to the production brilliantly downplays the intensity of the drama at the outset of the play. This allows for t...
02.22.2010 | | Posted at 07:21 PM

Schauer Center hosts interesting hybrid by Hartford Players

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � In what seems like an interesting blend of different styles . . . The Hartford Players�opens its dinner theatre production of Wake Me When I�m Dead. Sort of a cross between the popular interactive comedy Finnegan�s Wake and a traditional murder-mystery dinner theatre show, Wake Me welcomes audiences into the traditional Irish wake for The O�Malley family. Audiences arrive to traditional Ir...
02.19.2010 | | Posted at 05:50 PM

What Do You Say To Macbeth before the show?--Scattered thoughts On Off The Walls Macbeth.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Two of the three Shakespeare productions to open this month open on consecutive nights, which has allowed me the opportunity to attend both Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing on consecutive evenings. Due to a strange and irregular schedule for the day, I�d arrived at the Off The Wall Theatre a bit early for Macbeth. I�d considered going in a bit early and slouching about Off The Wall�s tiny st...
02.18.2010 | | Posted at 05:29 PM

Elm Grove Theatre Looking To Cast for Kurt Ludwig Farce

By Russ Bickerstaff
The author that brought the world such classic contemporary farces as Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo put out a relatively new show in 2004. The show comes to Elm Grove this year with a Sunset Playhouse�production. Leading Ladies is the story of a pair of down-on-their luck actors who decide to impersonate a wealthy, dying widow’s two long-lost nephews. When the nieces turn out to be neph...