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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Patrick Schmitz's Christmas Comedy Enters Its Second Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s the little touches that keep an annual Christmas show fresh from year to year. This year, prior to performances of Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, patrons have an opportunity to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a head elf in the Alchemist Theatre Bar. Santa’s played here as he is in the show—by comic talent Nick Firer. True to form, the char...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

This Weekend Two Holiday Spoofs Open A Handfull of Paces Away From Each Other

By Russ Bickerstaff
There is something intrinsically irreverent about the holiday season. Christians are quick to point out the commercialism that has hijacked the holy day, leading people astray from the “true meaning,” of the holiday season. They do so having forgotten that the Christian use of the holiday was itself a hijacking of the original pagan celebration it helped to wipe-out.  Jesus Christ is a brand ...
09.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Hi-Fi A Thursday that started at 8am for me was going to end around 10pm. Over a quarter of the day spent in Bay View. Got into the Hi-Fi Café around 3:00 pm to meet with playwright Patrick Schmitz to talk about the theatre script he’s working on. Hadn’t been there in at least a year. On my way in, I see a girl in front of a laptop looking very professional in a full Mohawk and hipster gl...
12.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In this, the final part of of my interview transcripts with the writer/director/promoter/producer of Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, Patrick Schmitz talks about working with child actors, expectations and the importance of confidence when jumping off a cliff. THE KIDSMe: I ran into Kirk from the Alchemist at the Boulevard opening on Wednesday and he’d mentioned that there are kids in this. Pa...
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...
12.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Patrick Schmitz has reached a rare kind of commercial success as a director, playwright and marketing department for his holiday show. Schmitz’s Rankin and Bass TV special parody: Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer doesn’t open until this coming Friday and, as stated in the preview piece on the show in this week’s Shepherd, that opening night is sold out. In the time it took the issue to hit...

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