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02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a weekend with five openings comes . . . a week with four more openings. Starting tonight there are another quartet of shows that will be opening their doors this week. Here’s a quick glance at what’s ahead for the weekend in theatre . . . SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM—The Boulevard Theatre continues its season with a production of a contemporary comedy about three mothers at a kids’ socce...
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

Theater Preview

In 1970, British playwright Michael Frayn was watching a production of a farce he had written about a dinner party in which two actors played all the roles. He was watching from the wings. Realizing that the comedy was funnier from this perspective, Frayn decided to write a farce set entirely backstage. Thus was born the 1982 classic Noises Off...
02.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In high school, I found myself acting in More Than Meets The Eye--  a dreary, dated stage comedy by the inexplicably prolific Vermont-based playwright Fred Carmichael. As I and several other high school students clattered through rehearsals of what we knew to be a pretty bad playin the spring of 1995, our director had mentioned being in a production of Noises Off, (I believe at Appleton’s At...
12.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife has come with me to quite a few of the Christmas shows I’ve seen this month. I seem to recall a conversation with her on the way to a show some time last week . . . (one of the 9 or 10 holiday shows I went to this month) . . . on the jorney out to the show, she said to me that she was kind of sick of Christmas. She has come to understand where I stand at the end of every December. By the...
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

Theater Preview

December comes to the Milwaukee theater season each year like a fresh, new evergreen. And every year the theater district produces the same beloved ornaments with which to decorate it. The Milwaukee Ballet's Nutcracker goes here, the Milwaukee Rep's A Christmas Carol goes there, and In Tandem's A Cudahy Caroler Christmas fits right over here. As always, there's the reassuring comfort of another John McGivern holiday show at the Off-Broadway Theatre, and if you look closely enough you can see Off the Wall Theatre's rugged, long-running...
12.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee’s newest theatre space rests on 1024 South 5th Street. It’s a novel location for a theatre. The upper south side location was once home to Spiral Theatre and still houses DIY venue Darling Hall, onetime haunt of Insurgent Theatre. Not far from either of those locations somewhere amidst a number of quality Mexican restaurants and the giant glowing question mark that used to be Club An...
12.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This time of year, the heart of Milwaukee’s Theatre district is alive with traditional Christmas fare. The Rep production of A Christmas Carol is onstage at the Pabst. Just next door on the main stage at the Marcus Center is Michael Pink’s Milwaukee Ballet production of The Nutcracker. On a smaller stage in the same complex is In Tandem’s alternative local-flavor holiday tradition A Cudahy C...

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