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08.04.2011 | | Posted at 10:08 AM

A look back at the last theatre years from the 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 . . . May 2011 May of 2011 was ...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Theater Preview

Because theatrical productions usually include so many elements, sometimes the story itself gets overlooked. But there's a reason more people go to the theater rather than, say, a bar, to hear someone tell a story—the thought and care put into a stage production indicate that the play will be worth the time...
05.12.2011 | | Posted at 04:34 AM

Ed Burgess appeared onstage in Theatre Gigante’s ISADORA AND NIJINSKI this past weekend prior to his passing.

By Russ Bickerstaff
UWM mourns the passing of it Dance Department chair Ed Burgess. The unexpected death of Burgess was announced only a little over an hour ago as I write this. The gentleman who had been with UWM’s dance department for over two decades, was also quite active in various local companies including Milwaukee Shakespeare, Wild Space Dance Company, Milwaukee Dance Theater, Your Mother Dances, Milwauke...
05.10.2011 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

Theatre Gigante’s ISADORA AND NIJINSKI a very relaxed evening with three people—two of whom were portrying legends of 20th century dance.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Gigante continued to show a playful sense of diversity in its programming this past weekend. The company has a delightful penchant for staging dazzling, little one-weekend shows that evaporate into memory almost as soon as they open. The latest show, staged at Studio 508 in UWM’s Kenilworth Building, was a celebration of the lives of the two of the most legendary figures in contemporar...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Theatre Gigante continues its work in that spirit with 'Isadora and Nijinsky'

Can Milwaukee stand beside the Paris of 100 years ago as a laboratory for the art of a new century? Since Milwaukeeans are not given to self-aggrandizement, the question will likely be met with pained laughter. But we are an exceptionally creative city, despite the efforts of Republicans in Madison to...
11.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:37 PM

Hanging out with a King, his three daughters and a sack of potatoes

By Russ Bickerstaff
Walking in on a Theatre Gigante�production opening night is always kind of like opening a present. As the company does almost exclusively premieres of new material, one never knows what to expect. Walking in on The Lears, the set feels like a surprisingly satisfying video installation by Iain Court. The space looks like a stylized version of the inside of someone�s head�a massive video projec...
11.18.2010 | | Posted at 04:37 PM

Opening this weekend, experimental post-Shakespeare, a classic musical, a bio musical and a classic contemporary drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
One of the last weekends before the old, familiar holiday shows begin to open, the next few days feature kind of a strange mix of different theatre openings beginning with tonight’s post-modern Shakespeare deconstruction . . .   8pm, November 18th –Tonight, Theatre Gigante opens The Lears—an attempt to look at the old Shakespearian Lear tragedy from a fresh perspective. Based on King Lea...
10.17.2010 | | Posted at 09:03 PM

One-Weekend Theatre Production of Post-Modern King Lear Mash-Up

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s very little that can be said about King Lear that hasn’t already been said. The 400 year-old Shakespearian drama gets a fresh glance courtesy of one-weekend theatre company Theatre Gigante. Company co-founders Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson present a new take on the old classic. Though I’m tempted to be exceedingly cautious about any show that attempts to mutate Shakespeare, thi...

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