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04.13.2012 | | Posted at 11:23 PM

The Weird and practical on sale at the Rep

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It's away fun getting this annual announcement in the mail . . . the Milwaukee Rep holds its annual garage sale this coming Saturday and the press release men tins a few interesting bits that are going to be up for sale when the doors open on April 14th at 10am.      Among the items listed in the press release are the "cartoon cars and truck from Route 66." The Milwaukee rep cabaret show. ...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The tragedy Othello is the most urgently humanistic of Shakespeare's great plays—more tightly constructed than Hamlet, more carefully motivated than Macbeth, more urgent if less spaciously tragic than King Lear, but with a resistance...
04.08.2012 | | Posted at 05:54 PM

Hell-bent for Shakespeare on a Harley

By Russ Bickerstaff
There's heavy metal pumping into the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre prior to the show. A single shaft of light illuminates a Harley amidst the gritty gleam of an industrially inspired set. Somewhere in the background we're hearing "Welcome to the Jungle." It's kind of a weird contrast against an audience that has come to the theatre dressed--like they're going to the theatre. There everyone is in ...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The story of Shakespeare's Othello has taken many forms over the past 400 years. The Milwaukee Rep tackles the Moor of Venice this month in a decidedly modern production that mixes the ancient text with present-day iconography...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ted Swindley's Always…Patsy Cline demands a tremendous amount from its lead actress, who is asked to deliver the humble glamour of the legendary recording artist with little to no way of formal introduction. We are introduced to her in a performance...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In Honour, Joanna Murray-Smith explores the cultural phenomenon of a man leaving his wife for a younger woman after decades of marriage. The stage drama makes its way to the Broadway Theatre Center courtesy of Renaissance Theaterworks...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Place: Bella Caffe, Third Ward, Milwaukee Time: Early spring, 2012. Marie Kohler and Laura Gordon, friends and colleagues, are having soup after rehearsal and “talking theater."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Country music legend Patsy Cline developed new range and depth for female vocals in one of the nation's most popular music genres. Her interesting life story, about a woman who achieved great critical and commercial success in the mid-20th century...
03.13.2012 | | Posted at 12:44 PM

The Rep Announces its next season, but what about Natalie Ryan?

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Somewhere around the past couple of days, The Milwaukee Rep announced its upcoming season. Some of it sounds kind of interesting. Gutenberg!  The Musical sounds like fun. Three guys pitch the idea for a big Broadway musical about the inventor of the printing press—the grandfather of the mass media--Johann Gutenberg. The rest of the season largely consists of classics with big name recogni...
03.11.2012 | | Posted at 10:57 PM

In The Next Room at the Stiemke

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve never been terribly impressed with Sara Ruhl as a playwright. Whether it’s The Clean House or Eurydice or Dead Man’s Cell Phone, he work always comes across like a writing assignment. Find the topic, do the necessary research to write the script and then develop it. As nice as it is, its never terribly inspired work. Thankfully, for In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), the script ...