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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Shakespearean wit meets the 1960s in Marquette University Theatre's production of The Comedy of Errors. The clean lines of Adriana Saia's cleverly simple set make Ephesus feel very much like the '60s. In places the set can make the show look more...
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Set in the 1930s, Ken Ludwig's popular farce Lend Me a Tenor feels like it's been around since the '30s. In reality, though, the smash comedy debuted a little more than 25 years ago. Since then, it has become a staple of regional and community theaters...
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...
04.09.2012 | | Posted at 10:57 AM

First Stage presents four consecutive hours of Shakespeare's monologues

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Sit down to watch the Milwaukee Rep's Othello and you're in for three straight hours of drama. First Stage  looks to do a little fundraising towards the end of the month with a program of monologues that is one hour longer than that . . .    Sunday, April 21st First Stage Theatre Academy will participate in its second annual Bard-O-Thon. It's four straight hours of Shakespearian monologues...
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Off the Wall Theatre has conjured up a perfect storm of a production with its season finale, Shakespeare's The Tempest. The bard's classic tale of revenge and redemption marks a high point for director Dale Gutzman's company, due in large part...
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
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...
02.17.2012 | | Posted at 11:58 PM

The Young Company presents Shakespeare’s WINTER’S TALE

By Russ Bickerstaff
I distinctly seem to remember a certain local critic who used to write for the daily suggesting at one point that Shakespeare should only be done by trained Shakespearian actors. Utter rubbish. And people let him know it . . . theoretically, Shakespeare’s work, being a distillation of some of the more potent end of human emotion and interaction, should be able to be done by anyone . . . each s...
12.20.2011 | | Posted at 07:46 AM

BAD EXAMPLE looks for a cast for gender inversion Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to all the other auditions coming up in the New Year, Bad Example Productions recently announced that it is looking for a cast for its upcoming summer production of Juliet and Romeo. As simple as the idea is, it sounds fiercely clever. The story now takes place in a matriarchal society where men are the kind of second class citizens women were in the age of Shakespeare. “Juliet’s s...
12.02.2011 | | Posted at 10:25 AM

A Proposed Milwaukee County Children’s Court Shakespeare Program

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a white, plastic card with a purple outline of the state of Wisconsin on it. When I first got it in the mail, it felt kind of weird literally being a card-carrying victim of violent crime in Wisconsin. That being said, getting the VINE/VOICE card from the Wisconsin Department of Correction meant taking kind of an active interest what happened to the man who attacked me after the convictio...

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