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10.28.2011 | | Posted at 03:57 PM

A Look At the Documentary screening this weekend with Theatre Gigante

By Russ Bickerstaff
Strange Connections (Biography) (Spalding Gray has a strange way of connecting up with things . . . just on the outside of popular entertainment, the guy tends to have strange, little connections with a lot of people. I was first introduced to the name by my father, who told me about working onstage with  him as an intern in the Goodman Theatre . . . and in doing some research for this week, I watched a bit of Gray'€™s Anatomy--€”the Steven Soderbergh-produced film adaptation of his monologue of the same name. And I'm watching this thing and just as I recall from having seen it years ago, it's about a retinal issue that he’d run into . . . a problem with his retina. Interesting thing about seeing that now is that . . . it's years later and I have also had retinal problems—mine due to an attack on me a little over a year ago by a man with no pigment in his right eye . . . long story . . . anyway: I'm watching Gray'€™s Anatomy and Spalding Gray gets to talking about the first retinal specialist he'€™d been to see when he'd found out that there was a problem with his eye--a retinal specialist named Dr. Mandel. Weird. The first specialist I saw about my retinal issue was a guy named Dr. Mandel--€”only this wasn't in Manhattan, it was in Milwaukee. So my father was onstage with Spalding Gray, is it possible that I was also diagnosed by the same retinal specialist? A quick search on the internet turns up . .Dr. Mandel in Milwaukee . . . could it be? He'd gotten his residency in Wisconsin, but that was back in the '€˜80'€™s. . . A bit further down the list on the search engine and it would appear as the ocular field is awash in Dr. Mandels. There's also one in Virginia, one in California and one in New York . . .  they're not all retinal specialists, but the name seems staggeringly common. So maybe it'€™s not the same guy (probably not) . . . still . . . kind of a weird connection.) And Everything Is Going Fine In addition to Gray’s Anatomy, after Gray'€™s passing, Soderbergh also directed And Everything Is Going Fine retrospective on the life of Spalding Gray that will be screened this weekend as a part of Theatre Gigante's Shades of Gray festival. I’d loved Soderbergh’s work for a long time . . . it occurs to me that I'€™d probably seen Sex, Lies and Video Tape a long time ago, but I guess that for me the first time I ever really acknowledged him as an artist was when a friend of mine introduced my to Schizopolis. That was a film that had developed a kind of genius through sheer irrationality. At their best, Soderbergh'€™s films strike a kind of genius

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011


Next week Theatre Gigante celebrates the life of the brilliant actor, author and spoken-word artist Spalding Gray with a festival that includes ensemble performances of Stories Left to Tell, a look at the man in his own words...
10.17.2011 | | Posted at 07:54 AM

TG presents a weeklong celebration of the life of legendary performer SPALDING GRAY

By Russ Bickerstaff
A couple of weeks ago, I was bottle-feeding my daughter when I ran across an indie film from 1985. Never released on DVD, it'™s an extremely obscure film. A teen-aged Jennifer Connelly was sent to the school psychologist. The psychologist was played by Spalding Gray. It was a stock character that seemed almost thrown-in as a second thought, but there he was administering a thematic appercepti...
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...