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09.16.2010 | | Posted at 05:51 AM

Its A Big Weekend For Local Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife called me late yesterday afternoon and mentioned that there were a couple of Cabaret actors in full period costume crossing the street in the downtown theatre district. It�s a busy week for local theatre. That sort of thing is going to be happening quite a lot over the course of the next couple of weeks. This week: five prominent openings. Her�e's a quick list: September 16th:   At 7:30 ...
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Off the Wall Theatre kicks off its season Sept. 2 with a production of Charles Busch’s campy comedy Psycho Beach Party. Jeremy Welter directs the talented Liz Mistele and Dear Ruthie. A week later, the Sunset Playhouse goes in a less campy though similarly silly direction with Steve Martin’s The...
06.10.2010 | | Posted at 08:54 AM

Tomorrow: The Second Dale Gutzman Revue To Open In Three Weeks

By Russ Bickerstaff
The rhythm of late Spring has been a bit strange with respect to theatre openings. This weekend, once again, an opening of a Dale Gutzman musical revue breaks-up a pair of really busy weekends with quite a few theatre shows. A couple of weeks ago, it was An Evening With Gilbert And Sullivan, which is still running with the Skylight. (For those not as familiar with the director, here�s a pleasant...
05.31.2010 | | Posted at 10:32 AM

Dale Gutzmans Tribute To The Skylight, Gilbert and Sullivan

By Russ Bickerstaff
With a prolific history spanning 25 years and a great many works of musical theatre, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan have their place in theatre history firmly established. Countless productions of The Pirates of Panzance, The H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado have involved the work of a multitude of theatre practitioners in the nearly 140 years since their first show first debuted. The idea that t...
05.23.2010 | | Posted at 04:14 PM

Another Look At The 90s Musical from A Local Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Skylight Opera Theatre�closes out its season in part with a production of Jonathan Larson'�s early '�90'�s musical RENT. Having seen larger and smaller productions of the show, the Skylight�s staging ends up exactly as expected: more intimate than the touring Broadway production with more professional polish than a recent Greendale Community Theatre production. Here are some highlights: The S...
03.13.2010 | | Posted at 03:56 PM

Pardon Me While I Have A Strange Interlude

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s been a weekend of bite-sized performances, Theatre Gigante’s one-hour, one-weekend only production Other Three Sisters was joined last night by the opening of the Skylight Opera Theatre’s A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. The double feature is, itself, comprised of numerous smaller moments that would be far too numerous to fit in the print review of the show that runs in nex...
08.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As some of the difficulties that marked the early part of the Skylight Opera Theatre’s summer of '09 fade into the footnotes of Milwaukee theatre history, the musical theatre company is getting ready to host a free open house and concert on September 1st. As it gets ready to celebrate its 50th season, the Skylight opens its doors to the  public for a multi-faceted event that allows for a rare ...
07.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
On the surface, it sounds like such a simple idea: Provide a full spectrum of musical theatre for Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. A number of professional companies do musicals over the course of the season, but aside from the Florentine (which is strictly opera) no one else is dedicated to musical theatre. So it should be simple. But things are never that simple. And so the Skylight Opera T...
06.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A number of people have asked me about the Skylight Thing. My response has been more or less the same every time someone’s asked me if I’m going to write anything about it. I simply tell them: Nothing I’m going to say is going to add to the dialogue. I have nothing new to ass that hasn’t already been said. Yes, what happened was awful. Decisions were made. Mistakes were made. And it’s...