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02.14.2010 | | Posted at 12:32 PM

Placing the actors with the audience in Windfall’s THREE SISTERS

By Russ Bickerstaff
On making it to my second show of the week, I couldn’t help but notice that some of the seats in the audience were very close to the set. Like the Boulevard Theatre’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Windfall Theatre’s Three Sisters uses a seating arrangement that surrounds the performance. Both companies have done this ort of thing before, but with two shows opening the same week, it’s worth...
02.13.2010 | | Posted at 04:36 PM

Theatre Company Stages Love Letters and Pursuit of Love This Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
Amidst a couple of Shakespeare openings and a new show with Milwaukee Chamber featuring the company�s Artistic Director C. Michael Wright, Soulstice Theatre�opens its second romantic show in two weeks . . . Tonight, the company opens intimate staging of A.R. Gurney�s Love Letters that runs this weekend only at the Sheridan House�in Cudahy. Featuring Mark Flagg and Char Manny, the romantic class...
02.11.2010 | | Posted at 04:51 PM

Opening Night At The Boulevard With Mark Bucher Standing-In

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre�was charmingly cozy for opening night of it�s new show�an enjoyable production of Shakespeare�s All�s Well That Ends Well. The seating arrangement is remarkably integrated with the stage. Seating is scattered throughout the space . . . making for a very small theatre in the round sort of experience. A couple of paintings. Some furniture. There�s almost no set here. The cost...
02.10.2010 | | Posted at 04:35 PM

Silent Comedy Group Looking For New Faces

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local silent comedy group The MUTES have developed a rather interesting niche for themselves. The idea of performing silent film-era physical comedy complete with title cards and black and white wardrobe/make-up effects is as clever as it is enjoyable. Looking for fresh faces to join the act, the MUTES will be hosting auditions next Wednesday at the Alchemist Theatre. The audition announcement ...
02.08.2010 | | Posted at 08:24 PM

Pink Banana Casting For Its Spring Shorts Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Pink Banana Theatre has been staging shorts programs for a few years now. Its latest offering, Sex, Drugs And The American Way finds its way to the Off-Broadway Theatre’s Studio Theatre this May. The new show features work by a number of area playwrights centered around the title theme. Pink Banana never fails to put together an interesting show. Last year’s program featured work by peop...
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...
02.05.2010 | | Posted at 06:15 AM

Wisconsin Lutheran College presents The Curse of an Aching Heart

By Russ Bickerstaff
With as many romances opening up this month as there are, it’s kind of odd that more of them aren’t opening up in time for Valentine’s Day. (The subject of a future blog, I’m sure . . .) One of the many shows not opening prior to next weekend comes in the form of a melodrama opening with the theatre department at Wisconsin Lutheran College.    Herbert E. Swayne’s The Curse of an Achi...
02.04.2010 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

The Racine Theatre Guild Casting for THE PRODUCERS next month

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to its massive success on Broadway and beyond, Mel Brooks’ screwball musical The Producers has had a particularly remarkable amount of local popularity in the past couple of years, having had something like three different productions staged in and around Milwaukee in the past year or so, including impressive stagings by both The Skylight Opera and Carte Blanche Studios. This May T...

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