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02.04.2010 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

The Racine Theatre Guild Casting for THE PRODUCERS next month

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to its massive success on Broadway and beyond, Mel Brooks’ screwball musical The Producers has had a particularly remarkable amount of local popularity in the past couple of years, having had something like three different productions staged in and around Milwaukee in the past year or so, including impressive stagings by both The Skylight Opera and Carte Blanche Studios. This May T...
02.03.2010 | | Posted at 05:21 PM

Acacia Theatre Looking To Cast for 1954 Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Acacia Theatre opens its doors to potential actors this month as it holds auditions for an upcoming production of The Trip To Bountiful—Horton Foote’s 1954 drama set in Texas. A woman yearns to return to the town she grew-up in. With the right kind of staging, this could be a very powerful production on the Concordia University stage that Acacia uses.   Auditions for Bountiful take place on...
02.02.2010 | | Posted at 12:39 PM

Last Nights Directors Showcase Was a Reasonably Fun Mix

By Russ Bickerstaff
Running for one night only, Renaissance Theaterworks� Love�s Fire was a fun program of shorts written by prominent contemporary playwrights. The show was something of a showcase for local directors that featured an interesting mix of different actors. There were two performances. I attended the second one. It was packed. The venue in question was the Off-Broadway  Theatre�s studio theatre�a sp...
02.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:17 AM

The Intrinsic Appeal of Next Act’s Purgatorio

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a magazine somewhere in the mid-1980’s, I ran across a brilliantly minimalist narrative piece called Nogard. The premise was very simple: Take an epic hero—one who has been through a long series of breathtaking adventures conquered adversity and come through it all to become legendary--take this hero and put him or her into a vacuum and see what happens. This is the intrinsic appeal of Ar...
01.31.2010 | | Posted at 01:17 PM

The Alchemist Theatre Presents Improv During Super Bowl

By Russ Bickerstaff
Admit it. The Super Bowl is intensely boring. Beyond the flashy ads and slickly polished production design of one of the most-watched sports games in the world, the game itself is usually quite boring. The NFC Championship game is the real end of the post-season. The Super Bowl is perfunctory--the final number at the end of the long, complex equation that is an NFL season. A couple of hours after ...
01.30.2010 | | Posted at 06:17 PM

Friday Night Mixed a Next Act Opening Night With A Benefit for Two Injured Actors

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife and I arrived at the Off- Broadway Theatre. It was presumably one of the last time that would be happening what with Next Act moving out of the space soon. The opening night crowd for Purgatorio was impressive, including a number of highly recognizable theatre people. My wife and I sat in front of John McGivern. Norman Moses was there. Matt Kemple invited me to Monday’s Love’s Fire wit...
01.29.2010 | | Posted at 06:26 AM

In Tandem and Milwaukee Chamber Present Stravinsky

By Russ Bickerstaff
� Over the course of the past few months, there have been a number of single-performance productions making it to local stages on Sundays. The latest is a really interesting collaboration between the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra�and In Tandem Theatre. �The two groups are teaming-up to present a staging of Igor Sravinsky’s A Soldiers Tale this coming Sunday, January 31st at 3pm.� A seven-piece c...
01.28.2010 | | Posted at 05:12 PM

Stage adaptation of the popular children’s book opens tonight

By Russ Bickerstaff
Seemingly endless military engagements overseas. Attempted terrorist attacks. The economy. The sorry state of health care. The final season of Lost. What with things being as uncertain as they are these days, any adult can relate to Lulu.  The title character of Paulette Bogan’s children’s book is unable to sleep. It’s the anxiety. Lulu the chicken is worried about the potential danger of ...
01.27.2010 | | Posted at 05:38 PM

David Cecsarini Talks About PURGATORIO

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini has put together some really great shows at the Off Broadway Theatre. This week he opens a show that he stars in, wrote, directed and designed both the set AND the sound for. Cescarini took some time out of his work on purgatory to answer a few questions about the production. Me: What does the production design of the show feel l...