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12.26.2010 | | Posted at 07:18 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks and Uprooted collaborate on CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a bit odd to see the increasing polarization of contemporary politics. If the past half century has taught society nothing else, it is that the world exists within infinite shades of grey between black and white. Roughly a decade and a half ago, playwright Lynn Nottage explored the dichotomy between simplicity and complexity in Crumbs from the Table of Joy—a drama set in 1950. Still grie...
10.02.2010 | | Posted at 04:18 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Returns To A Factory Break Room for Its Latest Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Renaissance Theaterworks’ latest provocative drama opened last night--Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty. It’s the third of three darkly comic dramas LaBute has written about body image—this one cutting to the heart of what beauty is—every one of the four characters seems to be struggling with the title in one form or another. Renaissance has now staged all three of them . . . The...
09.30.2010 | | Posted at 05:23 PM

Three Shows Open In The First Two Days Of October

By Russ Bickerstaff
The first official month of the season over and done with, the Milwaukee Theatre opens three shows in two days. Here's a look: On October 1st At 8pm, Renaissance Theaterworks opens Reasons To Be Pretty—a look at the cultural obsession with a very narrow perspective on human beauty. The dark, comic drama is written by Neil LaBute, who also wrote the attractive/unattractive contemporary romance ...
09.21.2010 | | Posted at 04:23 PM

Monday Night Renaissance Theaterworks Fundraiser Next Monday

By Russ Bickerstaff
Star of TV, Film and Broadway, Tyne Daly makes it to Milwaukee a week from yesterday to perform a concert to raise funds for Renaissance Theaterworks. The award-winning actress will be performing a concert to benefit the company on Monday the 27th from 7 – 9 pm. As talented as the Broadway star is, the $100 tickets seem pretty hefty until one conciders that the money is going to support one o...
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...
06.02.2010 | | Posted at 08:14 AM

John McGivern and Renaissance Theaterworks Bring AMERICAN FIESTA to Kohler Arts Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
I was recently at a very traditional religious wedding. Knowing the couple in question very little, I felt a bit out of place. I wish the two of them nothing but the best and hope to, at some point, get to know them a little better. They seem like nice people. That being said, the very, very Christian wedding service made me feel a bit uncomfortable and I came to the striking realization . . . t...
04.27.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Latest Offers Another Look At The Talent Of One Of Milwaukees Best-Known Actors.

By Russ Bickerstaff
John McGivern is a really, exceptionally nice guy. A stage personality as charming as he is approachable, McGivern'�s one-man shows have firmly established a comfortably endearing quality about them. The John McGivern one man show has had the kind of success that lends itself to its own sort of brand-name image. It's easy to overlook that McGivern's style is, essentially his personality. More co...
02.17.2010 | | Posted at 06:07 PM

Renaissance announces its upcoming Salon Soiree in May

By Russ Bickerstaff
Earlier today, Renaissance Theaterworks�sent out a press release announcing some of what to expect for its upcoming fundraiser—Salon Soiree. Starting at 6pm on May 3rd at the Skylight Bar in the Broadway Theatre Complex, Reniassance will be presenting a classy, little fundraiser hosted by John McGivern. The affable McGivern is set to appear in Renaissance’s production of American Fiesta, whic...
01.16.2010 | | Posted at 01:30 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Blackbird Explores the Passion of Human Intimacy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Unseasonably Spring-like weather hung in the air. The Third Ward was alive with the strange energies of Gallery Night activity. In the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks was opening its new drama—David Harrower’s Blackbird.  My wife and I sat with a number of critics from other publications near the back of the studio theatre. The view of Scenic Designer Nath...