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12.20.2011 | | Posted at 07:46 AM

BAD EXAMPLE looks for a cast for gender inversion Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to all the other auditions coming up in the New Year, Bad Example Productions recently announced that it is looking for a cast for its upcoming summer production of Juliet and Romeo. As simple as the idea is, it sounds fiercely clever. The story now takes place in a matriarchal society where men are the kind of second class citizens women were in the age of Shakespeare. “Juliet’s s...
12.02.2011 | | Posted at 10:25 AM

A Proposed Milwaukee County Children’s Court Shakespeare Program

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a white, plastic card with a purple outline of the state of Wisconsin on it. When I first got it in the mail, it felt kind of weird literally being a card-carrying victim of violent crime in Wisconsin. That being said, getting the VINE/VOICE card from the Wisconsin Department of Correction meant taking kind of an active interest what happened to the man who attacked me after the convictio...
08.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:26 AM

Fools For Tragedy's IN MY MIND'S EYE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Talented actress Stephanie Staszak opened the first door into the theatre. Equally talented stage actress Shannon Tyburski opened the second door. With this kind of talent opening the doors, it’s really no surprise that In My Mind’s Eye has a great cast. (Still would've been nice to see Staszak or Tyburski onstage, though.) This being a modification of Hamlet, the production has kind of a lar...
05.29.2011 | | Posted at 11:35 PM

Register online for Optimist’s TWELFTH NIGHT.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Optimist Theatre had recently opened its web reservations system for its upcoming free outdoor production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The show, which is being directed by Milwaukee Rep resident actor Laura Gordon, will be running June 16th “ through 26th on the campus of Alverno College. Last year'™s production of Tempest had a really unique energy about it that made for the first of...
05.28.2011 | | Posted at 03:22 PM

Carte Blanche Studios Stages Brutal Shakespearian Poetry

By Russ Bickerstaff
T. S. Eliot said it was "one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written." And it was written by Shakespeare. Mr. Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock wasn'™t alone in his assessment of Titus Andronicus--a work that had been almost universally disliked by critics up until only relatively recently. The work was staggeringly popular in Shakespeare's time, however: a commercial box office s...
04.27.2011 | | Posted at 07:36 AM

A fresh deconstruction of Hamlet at the end of the summer

By Russ Bickerstaff
A local theatre critic once suggested that Shakespeare should only really be done by trained professionals. Right. The thing is . . . there'™s a kind of universal vitality to Shakespeare that almost begs for contemporary mutation. I want to see Shakesepare done by trained professionals, yes. I also want to see Shakespeare done by trained monkeys. I want to see Shakespeare done by mannequins on ...
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...

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