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08.02.2011 | | Posted at 11:44 AM

A look back from the leading edge of August

By Russ Bickerstaff
  With Soulstice Theatre opening the first show of the new season last week, Milwaukee Theatre rolls into New Year's . . . the Milwaukee Theatre year starting in August with the first new shows of the new theatre season and closes at the end of the following July with the last openings of the summer theatre season. Here then is part two of a look back at it all . . . November 2010 This past Nove...
07.16.2011 | | Posted at 04:42 PM

A hearty emotionally nourishing ensemble is formed into a gelatinous mess thanks to uninspired work by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Romantic love lies at the heart of nearly all musical theatre (at least, all of the musical theatre I can think of right now . . . ) A piece of musical theatre that focuses entirely on various aspects of romantic love, Aspects Of Love comes across as astonishingly forgettable. People fall in love. People fall out of love . People get hurt. And it only takes Webber two hours to get through the wh...
06.13.2011 | | Posted at 11:19 PM

Dale Gutzman and Anne Van Deusen direct ASPECTS OF LOVE

By Russ Bickerstaff
In 1955, British author David Garnett wrote a complicated romantic novel Aspects of Love—a story involving a soldier named Alexis Golightly, his uncle George and an actress named Rose Vibert. In 1979, Andrew Llyod Webber and Tm Rice were approached to write music for a film adaptation . . . which never really went anywhere. Some time later, their work on the project was brought to light in a m...
05.20.2011 | | Posted at 04:39 PM

Three hours in a stuffy room can actually be FUN.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Dostoevsky’s classic novel The Idiot runs some 720 pages in length. So naturally, any stage adaptation of the work is going to have to be adjusted and distilled into something altogether more concise. Invariably things will get left out. It takes a great deal of courage to take a scalpel to one of the greatest works in the history of literature. David Fishleson doesn’t do a particularly cour...
05.16.2011 | | Posted at 11:24 PM

Off the Wall theatre stages Dostoevsky's classic.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Every now and then you run across someone who thinks that their honesty with friends has forced them into solitude. It’s kind of a weird condition—usually I’ve found the people who feel this is the case are insufferably obnoxious people. Quite a long time ago, Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote a piece about a truly altruistic individual brmming with generosity and innocence who gets taken advantage ...
02.24.2011 | | Posted at 12:32 PM

An Initial Taste of Jack Forbes Wilsons work on Off The Walls MOTHER COURAGE.

By Russ Bickerstaff
A good portion of my job involves receiving and processing press releases from local theatre companies. A couple of days ago, I received an interesting one for Off The Wall’s�upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage. A show that has been in the making for quite some time, Off The Wall’s staging of Brecht’s classic includes original music written by Jack Forbes Wilson. A con...
12.02.2010 | | Posted at 08:27 AM

OFF THE WALL THEATRE announces the central cast of its production of Brecht’s Masterpiece.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s really no standard schedule for promoting a theatre show in Milwaukee. Seasons get announced at various times by various theatre companies. Shows from smaller companies have been known to pop-up at the last minute. Sometimes it gets confusing. A couple of days ago I got a press release for Off The Wall Theatre’s March show. They haven’t opened their December show yet and I’m alre...
02.05.2011 | | Posted at 10:15 AM

Jeremy Welter’s raver club land ALICE IN WONDERLAND onstage and Off The Wall

By Russ Bickerstaff
These days are strange. And, considering how hugely entertaining it is, it’s a bit odd to think of Off the Wall Theatre’s Alice In Wonderland as being the least brilliant piece of theatre in Milwaukee right now. The standard set between Next Act, Renaissance Theaterworks, the Skylight Opera Theatre, Youngblood and so on . . . the standard set between all the rest of the shows in town make an...
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 ...

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