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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theater Review

Two actresses stand on a nearly vacant stage while trading comic jabs at each other. It’s not pretty, which is fine, but as a comedy it’s not particularly funny, either. Waukesha Civic Theatre’s The Kitchen Witches is another case of good talent and great potential trying to prop up a bad script. The winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Play Contest, Caroline Smith’s The Kitchen Witches...
05.02.2010 | | Posted at 01:36 PM

Bad Comedy Well-Attended—Good Comedy Under-Attended

By Russ Bickerstaff
Thus far, this weekend’s been a study in contrasting comedy. Friday night I saw a reasonably large number of people attend a relatively large comedy in Waukesha. The comedy in question wasn’t that funny. Clearly there had been thought and effort put into what was essentially a pretty bad script (written by Caroline Smith.) Last night, I saw a much smaller show with far fewer people in attenda...
03.10.2010 | | Posted at 06:48 PM

Massive production of Bye Bye Birdie West of Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
This week the Waukesha Civic Theatre opens its production of the classic 1960 hit Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. Inspired by Elvis Presley�s 1958 enlistment in the military, it�s the story of a rock �n� roll crooner who is about to be inducted. In one last attempt at publicity before he enlists, he agrees to give one last good-bye kiss to a teenage girl. She who wins the contest is in Ohio. I...
02.07.2010 | | Posted at 03:13 PM

Local Companies Stage A Quartet of Shows Prominently Featuring Sister Trios

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife’s two sisters came over yesterday. The three of them were in the kitchen making cookies as I worked on bits of writing that I was attempting to get done. The three sisters motif was particularly strong this weekend, as my wife and I had also attended a show about three sisters the previous night. It’s a motif that’ll be carried out on a number of stages in the next few weeks. Here�...
02.06.2010 | | Posted at 01:53 PM

Waukesha Civic Theatre’s Stylishly Dark Family Coemdy Worth The Journey

By Russ Bickerstaff
The trip out to Waukesha is a bit further than I’m used to going for a show. I don’t make it out that far for a show, but as there was nothing else opening this weekend and there were people involved in this production who have done work I’ve seen elsewhere before, I was looking forward to the long journey west.The Waukesha Civic Theatre rests in downtown Waukesha—a place that seems to hav...
03.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The standard workweek is preparing to end in another Friday the 13th. (Again.) This is the second month in a row. Being a well-adjusted, non-superstitious person, I can’t stress enough that this has no significance to me at all. That being said, I will be out of town this particular Friday the 13th. (On the other side of the continent.) I can’t stress enough that this is NOT because I’m supe...

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