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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Marie Kohler directs an impressive cast in Renaissance Theaterworks' final show of the season. Laura Gordon stars as a woman whose husband of 32 years leaves her for a much...
01.14.2012 | | Posted at 02:15 PM

1 Person, 1 Stage, 1 Audience--NEAT with Renaissance

By Russ Bickerstaff
In and amidst everything else that theatre is, it’s way too easy to forget that it’s the simple act of storytelling in front of a live group of people. As inherently social creatures with a profound amount of neurological real estate set aside for things like . . . recognizing minute differences in faces . . . storytelling is the heart of human interaction. Arguably it was the source of lang...
12.25.2011 | | Posted at 04:22 AM

Renaissance Theaterworks’ latest fundraiser

By Russ Bickerstaff
nMy wife recently commented on the stylishness of a recent mailer from Renaissance Theaterworks. nThe local theatre company always does such an interesting job of promoting itself. The mailer for Gorgons feature silver-scratch-off eyes. The latest mailer is on cardstock . . or paperstock or whatever that easily stands out from the rest of the stuff that clutters a mailbox this time of year.nAnd I...
09.18.2011 | | Posted at 05:38 AM

Renaissance Theaterworks hosts crawl to promote Season Opener

By Russ Bickerstaff
Dress like Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Bridgitte Helm and go crawling for Renaissance Theaterworks. On Saturday, October 1st, the theatre company will be promoting its new comedy Gorgons--”a show about two Hollywood screen actresses from the golden age of cinema who continue be rivals beyond their prime. (Personally, I think Jeremy Welter and Mark Hagen could do double duty here dressing in cha...
03.26.2011 | | Posted at 02:08 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks welcomes DeVita’s take on IN ACTING SHAKESPEARE

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the Milwaukee Rep’s Bomb-itty Of Errors brings a Shakesepare/old-school hip-hop fusion to the stage of the Stackner Cabaret, Renaissance Theaterworks presents another tribute to the playwright to a much smaller stage a few blocks further south. As much potential as a hip-hop fusion has for introducing new audiences to Shakespeare, James DeVita’s unique take on In Acting Shakespeare would...
01.18.2011 | | Posted at 06:10 PM

Vague, Peripheral Odds And Ends From Last Weekend's Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
When Posters Speak Wit A Woikin� Class Noo Yawk Aksent I got to the Broadway Theatre Center kind of early . . . ended up standing around with a whole bunch of other people waiting to see Uprooted/Renaissance�s Crumbs From The Table Of Joy. Standing around in the lobby it�s very, very difficult not to notice the posters for Renaissance�s staging of James DeVita in In Acting Shakespeare. A pair of ...
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks and UPROOTED Theatre to promote diversity

The great roles in Western drama, onstage and off, have largely belonged to Caucasian males. As women and all people of color achieve greater representation in U.S. theaters, new and appealing possibilities for the future of the art form are appearing. If Milwaukee has barely joined in that adventure, it’s not entirely for lack of trying. Now Renaissance Theaterworks has made a public commitment to...
12.26.2010 | | Posted at 07:18 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks and Uprooted collaborate on CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a bit odd to see the increasing polarization of contemporary politics. If the past half century has taught society nothing else, it is that the world exists within infinite shades of grey between black and white. Roughly a decade and a half ago, playwright Lynn Nottage explored the dichotomy between simplicity and complexity in Crumbs from the Table of Joy—a drama set in 1950. Still grie...
10.02.2010 | | Posted at 04:18 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Returns To A Factory Break Room for Its Latest Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Renaissance Theaterworks’ latest provocative drama opened last night--Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty. It’s the third of three darkly comic dramas LaBute has written about body image—this one cutting to the heart of what beauty is—every one of the four characters seems to be struggling with the title in one form or another. Renaissance has now staged all three of them . . . The...
09.30.2010 | | Posted at 05:23 PM

Three Shows Open In The First Two Days Of October

By Russ Bickerstaff
The first official month of the season over and done with, the Milwaukee Theatre opens three shows in two days. Here's a look: On October 1st At 8pm, Renaissance Theaterworks opens Reasons To Be Pretty—a look at the cultural obsession with a very narrow perspective on human beauty. The dark, comic drama is written by Neil LaBute, who also wrote the attractive/unattractive contemporary romance ...