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03.11.2012 | | Posted at 10:57 PM

In The Next Room at the Stiemke

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve never been terribly impressed with Sara Ruhl as a playwright. Whether it’s The Clean House or Eurydice or Dead Man’s Cell Phone, he work always comes across like a writing assignment. Find the topic, do the necessary research to write the script and then develop it. As nice as it is, its never terribly inspired work. Thankfully, for In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), the script ...
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard's Greater Tuna seems like an unlikely success story. There is very little that is novel or original about the play—essentially, it is a sketch comedy show featuring two guys in a variety of roles in the setting of...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Next Act Theatre's production of Morris Panych's Vigil is a work of art. The darkly comic story of a man waiting for his aunt to die requires a precise balance that director Mary MacDonald Kerr and company execute quite well...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
The Milwaukee Rep creates a powerful stage drama from a classic of American literature, as it presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. An ensemble provides vocal scoring to a brilliantly balanced cast, including...
02.06.2012 | | Posted at 11:45 AM

Spontaneous applause opening night of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

By Russ Bickerstaff
A live full-cast stage feature consists of a great number of smaller moments all delicately interconnected. When it goes wrong, there are any number of reasons why it did. When it doesn’t there are just as many reasons why it worked. Occasionally there is a genuine moment that hits that reaffirms the entire reason for going tot the theatre in the first place. Such a moment happened “opening ...
01.17.2012 | | Posted at 03:31 PM

A Fun Show for those wh haven’t already seen it and those who might be a little obsessed with it.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of William Shakesepare (Abridged) is roughly 25 years of age in 2012.  The theatre/sketch comedy hybrid out of California has become a huge hit all over the world and continues to be produced various places. The Milwaukee Rep just opened a production of the show that runs through mid-March at the Stackner Cabaret. This is my third time seeing a...
01.15.2012 | | Posted at 12:19 AM

Another Year In Replab

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Milwaukee Rep’s interns return to the Stiemke this week with a series of shorts. From the relative intimacy of the Rep’s studio theatre, audiences are given eight shorts bisected into four short halves. Here are a few impressions on a show that ranged pretty wildly from the staggeringly brilliant to the truly, truly awful . . .    Normal by Jeff Brandli. Luke Brotherhood plays the ch...
12.29.2011 | | Posted at 04:50 PM

Reduced Shakespeare Company Script gets its latest staging with the Rep.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The California-based Reduced Shakespeare Company has had quite a bit of success with one of its first shows—The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.) What started out as ind of high-end sketch comedy has become a huge stage phenomenon. Regional productions have popped up all over the place in the many years since it debuted. A recent Soulstice Theatre production was followed by a ...