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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

Theater Review

Boulevard Theatre’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well is a casual affair, as the rarely produced play is brought to the stage without much costuming. The seats of the intimate studio theater have been planted throughout the performance space, creating a comfortable atmosphere in which to experience one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known pieces. Actors take on the quality of faces...
02.11.2010 | | Posted at 04:51 PM

Opening Night At The Boulevard With Mark Bucher Standing-In

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre�was charmingly cozy for opening night of it�s new show�an enjoyable production of Shakespeare�s All�s Well That Ends Well. The seating arrangement is remarkably integrated with the stage. Seating is scattered throughout the space . . . making for a very small theatre in the round sort of experience. A couple of paintings. Some furniture. There�s almost no set here. The cost...
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

Only A Few Shows Left

By Russ Bickerstaff
Amidst a series of sell-out this month, Boulevard Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s The Marriage Of Bette And Boo seems to have had quite a bit of commercial success as well. Shows on the 19th and the 20th were sold out. The strange family tale of a narrator trying to come to terms with his parents and his parent’s parents makes it to its final five performances these next coup...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Boulevard Theatre's MARRIAGE OF BETTY AND BOO

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s the little things that make a production. Even in a bad show, there are moments of brilliance that shine through—the little things that can make even a bad show entertaining for a few moments. Thankfully, this is NOT the case with The Boulevard Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s mid-‘80’s family comedy The Marriage of Bettte and Boo.  It’s a comedy about human imp...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A Few Stages Avoid The Coming Avalanche of Christmas Shows

By Russ Bickerstaff
With the flurry of openings this past weekend, local stages are beginning to gear-up for the holidays. There are well over a dozen Christmas shows opening right after Thanksgiving . . . and almost nothing opening this coming weekend, so I have little to do but sit and wait for the avalanche of Holiday shows for the next couple of weeks. Luckily enough, there are a few bright spots in the next coup...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Three Milwaukee Stages are Currently Playing Host To Three One-Actor Shows

By Russ Bickerstaff
Five shows in four days invariably means that I’ve got a day with two shows. Just saw the First Stage matinee. Will be off to the new Milwaukee Chamber show shortly.  And last night I saw Elizabeth Norment in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Joan Diddion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. It’s a one-person show. The third to open in Milwaukee this month. Three one-person shows in a single m...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Boulevard Theatre's Intellectually Enjoyable Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
The stage space at the Boulevard is split up into roughly three different areas. There’s only one actor in the show. David Ferrie plays Clarence Darrow in Boulevard Theatre’s production of David Rintels’ one man show about the legendary lawyer. It’s a very casual, very comfortable space for a one-man show. This is just as it should be for two hours with a very practically idealistic chara...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

David Ferrie pt. 3

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local actor David Ferrie has a very smart stage presence. In Boulevard Theatre’s Clarence Darrow. I talked with him at the Boulevard Theatre a few weeks ago prior to a rehearsal.In the final part of the interview, Ferrie and I discuss the nature of playing a character over decades of his lifespan and more . . . production of the two person drama Roses In December last year, his performance as ...
09.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Local actor David Ferrie has a very smart stage presence. In Boulevard Theatre’s production of the two-person drama Roses In December last year, his performance as an author who reluctantly exchanges letters with a young woman sparkled with intelligence. This week he takes the same stage in a ONE-person drama as he stars as the title character in David Rintels’ Clarence Darrow. I talked wit...

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