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05.06.2012 | | Posted at 08:41 AM

Four Hours With Patrick Schmitz

By Russ Bickerstaff
Patrick Schmitz hosts an improv comedy workshop mid-day today at the Alchemist Theatre in BayView. A two hour improve comedy class facilitated by Milwaukee Comedy Fest co-founder Patrick Schmitz is followed by a coupe of hours of  improv comedy open jamming. The Project Empty Space workshop is the latest in a series of classes that has included subjects as diverse as stage combat and properly f...
04.26.2012 | | Posted at 09:02 AM

Discussing the nature of scripts with Project Empty Space

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Script Frenzy winds its way down in the next several days . . . it's kind of like National Novel Writing Month for people looking to write plays or screenplays . . . and now is probably as good a time as any to look into the nature of the script itself.    To this end, Project Empty Space is holding a workshop called Picking Up A Script here;s a look at a list of things they're looking to ...
04.16.2012 | | Posted at 12:17 PM

Grace DeWolff's Fascinating Exploration into the Nature of Education

By Russ Bickerstaff
  I've been really impressed with Grace DeWolff's work as an actor in local theatre . . . ever since I first saw her in a couple of productions at UWM a few years ago. And now she's got this show that she's written and directed . . . and I was worried about it for some reason. Turns out I can relax . . . turns out she's a really good  actor and writer and director. Okay, so that's three reason...
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Strange and compelling stories have sprung from the basic setup of two actors and a park bench on a stage. Richard Lyons Conlon takes this premise in an interesting direction in the drama One Time. In a world premiere developed in part...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The early-'70s album, children's book and TV special Free to Be… You and Me was an ambitious project. The idea was to promote gender neutrality and individuality in the next generation. Years later, the songs and sketches still resonate. In a show titled...
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...