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02.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Having finally cleared away enough time for a Sunday afternoon, I decided to work on my script for this Saturday’s upcoming BERZERK!!! show. The premise behind the show, co-presented by DIY outfits Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement, is a program featuring a bunch of shorts with scripts that were all written in ten minutes. The playwright receives a line drawn from an established work of ficti...
02.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement will shortly be staging yet another performance in their ongoing BERZERK!!! series. The premise of the show goes something like this: Alamo Basement co-founder Mike Q. Hanlon contacts a group of writers and gives each of them a line from some bit of text. They then each have ten minutes to write a script for a play incorporating that line. It makes for an inter...
01.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I sit in a comfortable chair on the 28th floor of the Sheraton Hotel Tower contemplating the hour I’m going to be spending in below zero temperatures tonight. The Neo-Futurists' performance space isn’t far from where my wife and I are staying, but there are busses and there’s a transfer involved. The El would be an improvement but Google Maps is convinced that the busses would be a better ...
01.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
New Year’s Eve was a bit odd. My wife and I ended up watching in some drunken improv at the Alchemist Theatre just hours before the first seconds of 2009. The scheduled super-hero-themed New Year's Eve didn't quite happened, as only one woman showed up in costume as Batgirl, I believe . . . there were a couple of guys in wigs as well, if I'm not mistaken. So it goes with the best laid plans of m...
12.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
When last we left the conversation with comic actor/director/producer Patrick Schmitz, he was discussing the possible misconceptions involved in the title of his preternaturally successful holiday show Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer. He is concerned that people may come to a show with that title may give people the idea that Rudolph would be going on a murderous rampage. Patrick had clarified tha...
11.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The last weekend before Thanksgiving offers a few opportunities for some fresh theatre. In addition to that which has already opened, there are a couple of one performance shows tomorrow night: At 7pm on the appropriately-named Erie Avenue in glamorous Sheboygan, Wisconsin Alamo Basement and Insurgent Theatre present this year’s production of BERZERK!!!—a number of short plays that were writte...
10.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s difficult for me to see a problem with the tangential issue of Barack Obama’s loose association with Weather Underground guy Bill Ayers years ago, particularly as the activity of that group seemed more like a group of revolutionaries than terrorists . . . That group’s efforts to warn people to not be in the buildings prior to the bombings would seem at odds with the idea of trying to in...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Art Bar - 8 p.m.

To raise money for their national tour behind their latest production, Paint the Town, the Bay View troupe Insurgent Theatre is throwing an 8 p.m. fundraiser tonight at Art Bar, with the support of nearly two dozen bars and restaurants from around the city. They’ll be raffling off donated liquor and goodies . . .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Theater Review

The third annual Play in a Day hit the Tenth Street Theatre this past weekend. A joint project between DIY theater groups Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement, Play in a Day comes from the rather absurd notion of making an entire play in 24 hours complete with sets and costuming. The hope here is to blur the line between performance and process. To a certain extent the final show is merely a rehearsal for a more balanced show that will never be completed. Ideally, things feel rough and incomplete.
01.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
That night they would end up exchanging clothing in a house in Riverwest. I was invited, but I didn’t make it. My wife’s sister Allison had invited us out to The Social to hang out with a bunch of people who looked disinterested in some mock approximation of fashionable East Coast chic. It was Friday, January 18th. I was a few steps out of synch with the Gallery Night environment just south of...

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