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03.18.2012 | | Posted at 06:40 AM

Shel Silverstein and Free 2 B U & ME open next week

By Russ Bickerstaff
On March 22nd of next week, there are a couple of shows opening up that explore slightly skewed mutations of what some of us so fondly remember from our childhoods. At 7:30 pm next Thursday, Alchemist Theatre presents Free 2 B U & Me.  It’s strange . . . a musical based on a 1974 ABC Afterschool Special that was originally released as an album in ’72. It was a program of shorts that individ...
03.13.2012 | | Posted at 12:44 PM

The Rep Announces its next season, but what about Natalie Ryan?

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Somewhere around the past couple of days, The Milwaukee Rep announced its upcoming season. Some of it sounds kind of interesting. Gutenberg!  The Musical sounds like fun. Three guys pitch the idea for a big Broadway musical about the inventor of the printing press—the grandfather of the mass media--Johann Gutenberg. The rest of the season largely consists of classics with big name recogni...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Michael Gene Sullivan's adaptation taps into the disturbing universal elements of George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984. The play consists of two extended interrogation scenes separated by an intermission in a vivid Project Empty Space production...
03.03.2012 | | Posted at 03:45 PM

Elements of a trip to the Alchemist for Orwell's 1984

By Russ Bickerstaff
So often it's the substance of things beyond the stage that make for a theatre experience. When I went out to see a show last night at the Alchemist it was snowing. Heavily. For various reasons I guess I decided to walk it to the theatre in what is likely to be one of the last sniwfalls of the season. Michael Gene Sullivan probably didn't have a snowstorm in mind when he adapted George Orwell's...
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. 15, 2012
Fools for Tragedy's current staging of Jordan Gwiazdowski's Waiting, a deconstruction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, plays like an existential funhouse, with metaphorical mirrors strewn everywhere...
02.10.2012 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

Theatre and the Moment in Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
99% of life is the fine print—all those little details. (This past evening, I was waiting fro my wife to get back from acupuncture and my baby daughter had scraped her chin--she caused herself real pain for one of the first times ever. She cried so much and why is it that the little plush wee ninja is so much better at making her happy than I am? And precisely how am I going to tackle things t...
02.04.2012 | | Posted at 07:05 AM

Stage Fighting Lessons At The Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
My first reaction was…stage fighting lessons in a bar: what could possibly go wrong there? Seriously, though . . . stage fighting is something that requires complete precision and sobriety to make it come across effectively. But it also requires just a little bit more than that . . .  I’d noticed over the years that professional equity actors have never managed to give the full-out stage f...