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02.24.2011 | | Posted at 12:32 PM

An Initial Taste of Jack Forbes Wilsons work on Off The Walls MOTHER COURAGE.

By Russ Bickerstaff
A good portion of my job involves receiving and processing press releases from local theatre companies. A couple of days ago, I received an interesting one for Off The Wall’s�upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage. A show that has been in the making for quite some time, Off The Wall’s staging of Brecht’s classic includes original music written by Jack Forbes Wilson. A con...
12.02.2010 | | Posted at 08:27 AM

OFF THE WALL THEATRE announces the central cast of its production of Brecht’s Masterpiece.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s really no standard schedule for promoting a theatre show in Milwaukee. Seasons get announced at various times by various theatre companies. Shows from smaller companies have been known to pop-up at the last minute. Sometimes it gets confusing. A couple of days ago I got a press release for Off The Wall Theatre’s March show. They haven’t opened their December show yet and I’m alre...
02.05.2011 | | Posted at 10:15 AM

Jeremy Welter’s raver club land ALICE IN WONDERLAND onstage and Off The Wall

By Russ Bickerstaff
These days are strange. And, considering how hugely entertaining it is, it’s a bit odd to think of Off the Wall Theatre’s Alice In Wonderland as being the least brilliant piece of theatre in Milwaukee right now. The standard set between Next Act, Renaissance Theaterworks, the Skylight Opera Theatre, Youngblood and so on . . . the standard set between all the rest of the shows in town make an...
01.18.2011 | | Posted at 06:10 PM

Vague, Peripheral Odds And Ends From Last Weekend's Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
When Posters Speak Wit A Woikin� Class Noo Yawk Aksent I got to the Broadway Theatre Center kind of early . . . ended up standing around with a whole bunch of other people waiting to see Uprooted/Renaissance�s Crumbs From The Table Of Joy. Standing around in the lobby it�s very, very difficult not to notice the posters for Renaissance�s staging of James DeVita in In Acting Shakespeare. A pair of ...
12.17.2010 | | Posted at 11:14 PM

Guys, Dolls, Nicely, Nicely, a Piano and a Thrust Stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
I tend to think of Guys amd Dolls as a staggeringly uneven musical. Some of the songs are awful. Some are timeless classics. Some of the story is appallingly bad. Some of it is brilliantly written. When the machinery of any production is fit around the uneven blueprint laid down by Loesser, Swerling and Burrows, the results can be . . . a bit of a crapshoot. One of the biggest things Off The Wall...
11.24.2010 | | Posted at 04:49 PM

Off The Wall's GUYS & DOLLS celebrates the musical's 60th Anniversary

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to being the day before Thanksgiving, it�s also the 60th anniversary of the first ever performance of Guys & Dolls. It was the first of some 1,200 performances in the popular musical�s original run. Having been produced countless times in the U.S. and the U.K. since then, the show makes its latest Milwaukee appearance in the form of a production being staged at the cozy space of the ...
10.29.2010 | | Posted at 12:52 AM

Off The Wall Theatre’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

By Russ Bickerstaff
It was an intimate crowd last night for a performance of Dale Gutzman’s second part of Around the World in 80 Days: The Musical. Evidently selling far better on the weekends, the weeknight shows have been sparsely attended. Gutzman’s ambitious 4-hour long musical is filtered through the intimate space of the Off The Wall Theatre in 2 separate two-hour performances, each consisting of two one hour-long acts bisected by an intermission. The weekend performances, which run through November 7th, allow audiences to catch the entire show over the course of a day. The weekday performances separate the journey into two single-evening performances. (It’s all very precise on paper.)  The production itself is a fun, campy presentation of Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel. Robert Hirschi plays a shy, humble Phileas Fogg. Though a competent singe and a very compassionate figure onstage, Hirschi largely lacks the unwavering sense of perfection and precision of the character’s counterpart in Verne’s novel. Jeremy Welter plays Fogg’s valet Passepartout. An exceedingly dynamic performer, Welter does a solidly respectable job of making the French valet seem charming and affable. The overall direction the character takes is one that is all too common in dramatic adaptations of the story—the fact is that Verne wrote the French valet to be a staggeringly interesting person who just happened to be following this Englishman round on his crazy plan to travel around the world in a very brief period of time with extreme precision. Like so many other presentations, Gutzman’s Around the World envisions the character as little more than a cute mascot for the central hero of Fogg. Other notable performances include Robert Zimmerman

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Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Off the Wall Theatre kicks off its season Sept. 2 with a production of Charles Busch’s campy comedy Psycho Beach Party. Jeremy Welter directs the talented Liz Mistele and Dear Ruthie. A week later, the Sunset Playhouse goes in a less campy though similarly silly direction with Steve Martin’s The...
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

City hosts top-notch productions throughout the year

Milwaukee is a great theater town. Below is a guide to a dozen theater companies that offer four or more productions a year. Some shows will be serious, others whimsical, but all are worth consideration...
07.25.2010 | | Posted at 07:47 PM

The Urban Decay of Off The Wall Theatre’s Into The Woods

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’m not a big fan of Stephen Sondheim. Though the man was responsible for Sweeny Todd (one of my favorites) delved into some refreshingly dark areas for commercial theatre, traditional musicals always feel a bit old and outdated to me. Thankfully, Off The Wall Theatre’s latest Sondheim production makes some attempt at giving Into The Woods a more contemporary style. The mid-1980’s trip to ...