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07.16.2011 | | Posted at 04:42 PM

A hearty emotionally nourishing ensemble is formed into a gelatinous mess thanks to uninspired work by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Romantic love lies at the heart of nearly all musical theatre (at least, all of the musical theatre I can think of right now . . . ) A piece of musical theatre that focuses entirely on various aspects of romantic love, Aspects Of Love comes across as astonishingly forgettable. People fall in love. People fall out of love . People get hurt. And it only takes Webber two hours to get through the wh...
05.20.2011 | | Posted at 04:39 PM

Three hours in a stuffy room can actually be FUN.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Dostoevsky’s classic novel The Idiot runs some 720 pages in length. So naturally, any stage adaptation of the work is going to have to be adjusted and distilled into something altogether more concise. Invariably things will get left out. It takes a great deal of courage to take a scalpel to one of the greatest works in the history of literature. David Fishleson doesn’t do a particularly cour...
11.24.2010 | | Posted at 04:49 PM

Off The Wall's GUYS & DOLLS celebrates the musical's 60th Anniversary

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to being the day before Thanksgiving, it�s also the 60th anniversary of the first ever performance of Guys & Dolls. It was the first of some 1,200 performances in the popular musical�s original run. Having been produced countless times in the U.S. and the U.K. since then, the show makes its latest Milwaukee appearance in the form of a production being staged at the cozy space of the ...
10.22.2010 | | Posted at 06:46 PM

Off The Wall Theatre Mounts a Huge 2 Part Musical Based on Jules Vernes Classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
There�s something undeniably appealing in a challenge. In a way, the entire appeal of Jules Verne�s Around the World In 80 Days drew a large part of its appeal from the challenge of the title. The draw of the adventure lies in observing Phileas Fogg as he rushes to make it around the world in less than three months for the sake of a rather large wager. Running now through the beginning of nex...
06.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:09 AM

Dale Gutzman’s Off The Wall Celebrates 10 Years With A Musical Cabaert

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Off The Wall Theatre�rests in a tiny storefront space right on the edge of the biggest, most historic theatrical stages in town. Right across the street, there’s the historic Pabst Theatre, which is attached to the Patty and Jay Baker Theatre Complex with no less than three different stages for the Milwaukee Rep. On the other side of that complex is the Marcus Center for the Performing Art...
06.10.2010 | | Posted at 08:54 AM

Tomorrow: The Second Dale Gutzman Revue To Open In Three Weeks

By Russ Bickerstaff
The rhythm of late Spring has been a bit strange with respect to theatre openings. This weekend, once again, an opening of a Dale Gutzman musical revue breaks-up a pair of really busy weekends with quite a few theatre shows. A couple of weeks ago, it was An Evening With Gilbert And Sullivan, which is still running with the Skylight. (For those not as familiar with the director, here�s a pleasant...
05.31.2010 | | Posted at 10:32 AM

Dale Gutzmans Tribute To The Skylight, Gilbert and Sullivan

By Russ Bickerstaff
With a prolific history spanning 25 years and a great many works of musical theatre, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan have their place in theatre history firmly established. Countless productions of The Pirates of Panzance, The H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado have involved the work of a multitude of theatre practitioners in the nearly 140 years since their first show first debuted. The idea that t...
04.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:20 AM

Off The Wall Theatre stages update of the Pied Piper story

By Russ Bickerstaff
In the past couple of months, a number of new plays by local playwrights have debuted on Milwaukee stages. A solidly entertaining thriller, Dale Gutzman�s new Off The Wall Theatre show, which opened last night, compares favorably with every other locally-written debut in the past couple of months. Far from brilliant or breathtaking, Guzman�s Hamlin is nonetheless an admirably ambitious concept com...
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...
08.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Skylight Opera Theatre announced yesterday that Off The Wall Theatre’s Dale Gutzman will be directing a late-season show with them. Written and directed by Gutzman, An Evening With Gilbert and Sullivan will run May 28th through June 20th of next year. Gutzman had worked extensively with the Skylight in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, Directing 23 shows with them in that time. In the press rele...