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09.24.2010 | | Posted at 03:45 PM

Ensemble Compensates On An off Opening Night For Petruchio

By Russ Bickerstaff
There was a crispness to the early autumn air south of downtown. It was opening night of Carte Blanche’s�Studios’�somewhat stylish staging of The Taming of the Shrew. As things began to get rolling, it became apparent that Mike Keiley was having an off night. The distinct style of his stage presence was visible through a somewhat low-energy performance. There were extended moments where Keil...
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Off the Wall Theatre kicks off its season Sept. 2 with a production of Charles Busch’s campy comedy Psycho Beach Party. Jeremy Welter directs the talented Liz Mistele and Dear Ruthie. A week later, the Sunset Playhouse goes in a less campy though similarly silly direction with Steve Martin’s The...
04.15.2010 | | Posted at 07:22 AM

Carte Blanche's STREETCAR opens next week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Being really strange, new and novel, Youngblood Theatre’s Spirits To Enforce (which opens next week) has been foremost in my mind going into this month, but there are a number of really good plays that have opened in addition to it. Next Act’s The Value of Names is hugely entertaining. (It continues through May 2nd.)Milwaukee Chamber’s The Sweetest Swing In Baseball opens this weekend wi...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Carte Blanche's Latest Musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
A four-piece band joins some 30 people and half a dozen pigeon puppets for an enjoyable evening of musical comedy as Carte Blanche Studios presents Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s The Producers. Carte Blanche’s Jimmy Dragolovich packs the tiny studio theatre with a parade of elaborate sets and costumes for a very, very ambitious production. The costumes, designed by the team of Kate Vannoy, ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Four Comedies Open On The Edge of the Holiday Theatre Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
The local theatre season concludes its journey to the holidays this weekend. For me, this is the last great stop before the deceptively easy challenge of covering all of the holiday shows—quite a few of which are repeats of shows from previous years, including Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, Neil Haven’s Who Killed A Santa? and the Rep’s long-running production of A Chri...
04.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As I understand it, the appeal of dollhouses lies in seeing the staggering amount of realistic detail being staged in miniature. Seeing the artifacts of ordinary-sized life presented on a scale small enough to fit in one’s hand is oddly reassuring. I suspect that there’s some of that appeal in theatre. There’s an undeniable appeal of seeing distillations of larger than life reality comple...
04.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
March was a busy month. With some 16 shows opening in April, next month isn’t looking any less busy. Working my way through the schedule, I realize that I’m going to be excessively busy this month. Suffice it to say, the people actually putting on these shows are far more busy than I am. Possibly one of the busiest guys in town with respect to that is Jimmy Dragolovich—Producing Artistic Dir...
03.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With at least three solidly entertaining shows staged since late last year, a new opening at Carte Blanche Studios is quickly becoming something to look forward to every time. Its latest production—a staging of British playwright Michael Frayn’s frenetic physical comedy Noises Off, opened last week. An energetic performance even on matinee, Carte Blanche’s Noises Off is a great deal of fun t...

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