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09.01.2010 | | Posted at 08:53 AM

Theatre Gigante Adapting Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
This November, Theatre Gigante is doing its own unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The show is set to feature James Butchart, Leslie Fitzwater, John Kishline, Jennifer Rupp, Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson. Of course, trying to gain any kind of fresh insight into a legendary 400-year-old drama can be kind of self-defeating, but T.G. founders Kralj and Anderson are approaching the p...
04.24.2010 | | Posted at 11:46 AM

More Thoughts On the New Youngblood Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s no doubt that Youngblood Theatre is taking a few chances staging the somewhat inaccessibly strange Spirits To Enforce. A show that fuses Shakespearian drama with the superhero genre may come across to many as something of a bastardization of both. As executed by Youngblood, however, the play comes across with a striking clarity that really plays-up the unique qualities of theatre in a...
04.23.2010 | | Posted at 08:48 AM

Another Thoroughly Entertaining Youngblood Theatre Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Youngblood Theatre’s Spirits To Enforce opened last night to a near sell-out crowd. The Superhero/Shakespeare drama/comedy fusion piece was received quite well by the audience. Chicago playwright Mickle Maher’s script is easily one of the best I’ve ever seen staged. Spirits To Enforce brilliantly mixes the accessible with the inaccessible in a script so packed with details that it could e...
02.20.2010 | | Posted at 05:34 PM

Carte Blanche and the art of juggling a satisfying production.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere around intermission last night, the full reality of seeing a third Shakespeare show in less than a month finally hit me. Looking back, it occurs to me that it�s actually pretty rare to have three different productions of three different Shakespeare plays open in Milwaukee the same month. Boulevard Theatre�s All�s Well That Ends Well, Off The Wall�s Macbeth and Carte Blanche�s Much Ado ...
01.18.2010 | | Posted at 03:00 PM

Three Different Shakespeare Productions Open Next Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the local theatre season continues into 2010, the second month of the New Year sees an odd concentration of unrelated Shakespeare productions. All three are in small studio theatres, allowing local audiences an opportunity to ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLOpening on February 10th, The Boulevard Theatre’s production of one of Shakespeare’s rarely-produced plays. In promotion of the play, the ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Stages Shakespeare’s Sonnets

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bird enthusiasts and theatergoers probably have a lot more in common than I would care to analyze. That being said, I though t it was kind of interesting that birders painstakingly look after something called a “life list”—a list of species they’ve seen in the wild over the course of their lives. Kind of reminds me of a similar list I’m personally keeping track of—all the Shakespeare ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Optimist Theatre Welcomes James Pickering for Inaugural Shakespeare In The Park Show This June

By Russ Bickerstaff
A group of friends met at a pizza place in Kenosha in early 1992. There they started plans that ultimately developed into The Midwest Children’s Theatre. The educational theatre group has worked extensively with area schools over the years. The group evolved as creative groups tend to do. Now the group is known as Optimist Theatre. The Optimist Theatre recently decided that it might be a good...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Department Stages Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
The current UWM production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the fourth that I’ve seen in a year and a half. American Players Theatre’s production was an interesting big-budget show in a beautiful outdoor theatre in Spring Green with a modern production design featuring a beautiful set by the Tony Award-winning scenic designer of August: Osage County. Door Shakespeare’s comparatively modest ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  It was my last show before a weekend with the APT . . . a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that Carte Blanche Studios. And., as usual, there wasn’t room in the print review to mention everything . . . here are a few impressions that didn’t make it into a far more concise review of the show . . . (and some that might’ve.)--Clayton Hamburg’s Puck looks and moves exactly t...

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