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04.18.2011 | | Posted at 07:27 AM

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s The Lion In Winter

By Russ Bickerstaff
Quite a few people could be heard commenting on the set opening night. Stephen Hudson-Mairet’s giant, imposing castle structure seems heavy and solid enough for the giant stone blocks to tumble through the stage floor of the Cabot Theatre. The massive grey stone structure (lovingly carved out of foam, no doubt,) serves as the backdrop to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Lion In ...
03.10.2011 | | Posted at 08:17 AM

Three One-Act Plays Staged By Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre stages the work of Milwaukee area’s youngest playwrights again this month as it hosts the 2010-2011 Young Playwrights Festival. Three one-acts have been chosen for production this year. Here’s a quick look: Misdirected Happiness by Alyssa Cumpton, recent graduate of Homestead High School now a student at Boise State University. Dark humor and classic film noir ...
02.21.2011 | | Posted at 06:39 AM

The Second New Season Announcement of the year includes some really impressive casts.

By Russ Bickerstaff
(I found myself talking to Darrel Cherney before another powerfully executed Milwaukee Chamber Theatre show this past weekend. The talented actor, who had shown-up in a number of good performances here, has since moved to L.A. He’s back in town working with Jane Flieller and company on In Tandem’s upcoming production of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. A couple of days after he’d come int...
02.03.2011 | | Posted at 06:12 AM

Chamber Theatre brings MAURITIUS to Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
Everyone�s got a story something like this: When I was in 6th grade, I once sold a comic book for $200. I�d only paid $1 for it. This is, of course, totally absurd. Not nearly as absurd as spending all of that money on more comic books. Such is the foolishness of youth and the insanity of semi-professional collecting. It�s this type of insanity that is explored in a great deal of entertaining de...
11.21.2010 | | Posted at 05:09 AM

Love, Connection and Three People In A Studio Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The serious mid-to-late 20th family drama had gone quite a few different places . . . walking into Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s The Subject Was Roses, I expected something profoundly dark. The 1964 drama about an adult son returning to his two parents after serving overseas in World War II didn’t sound very cheery—particularly as it explored alcoholism and emotional abuse . . . It was k...
11.18.2010 | | Posted at 04:37 PM

Opening this weekend, experimental post-Shakespeare, a classic musical, a bio musical and a classic contemporary drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
One of the last weekends before the old, familiar holiday shows begin to open, the next few days feature kind of a strange mix of different theatre openings beginning with tonight’s post-modern Shakespeare deconstruction . . .   8pm, November 18th –Tonight, Theatre Gigante opens The Lears—an attempt to look at the old Shakespearian Lear tragedy from a fresh perspective. Based on King Lea...
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Theater Preview

The post-World War II era is often viewed in a heavily romanticized light. But for many people living in the period right after WWII, civil rights remained decades away. And the wholesome image of America’s nuclear family, popularized by mid-20th-century TV and radio...
10.21.2010 | | Posted at 06:10 PM

The Power of Simple Musical Romance

By Russ Bickerstaff
A very, very big rural Wisconsin is brought to the stage of the Broadway Theatre Center. Lisa Schlenker’s set uses a great deal of vertical space to lock in that feeling of immensity—in an immensity painted in striking clarity with the photons carefully set in motion by lighting designer Jason Fassl. There’s a distant field out there that seems to stretch forever into the horizon. Old farm...
10.12.2010 | | Posted at 06:02 PM

Carte Blanche, Milwaukee Chamber and First Stage Open New Shows This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
Modern, online ticketing with its instant look at the make-up of a theatre audience provides an opportunity to celebrate as seats fill-up for upcoming productions. As of this writing, the Alchemist Theatre’s October horror show is almost sold-out again—the extended extra weekend has only three tickets left available as of this writing.  As of this writing, there are only 3 seats left for Alc...
09.26.2010 | | Posted at 11:41 AM

Three Milwaukee Companies Participating in National Free Theatre Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Theatre Communication Group’s Free Night Of Theatre offers potential theatergoers all over the country to see live performances. This year’s October 14th Free Night offers audiences a chance for those who wouldn’t normally spend money on local live theatre to see what they might be missing. Local Milwaukee theatre groups involved in the program have a chance to dispel some of the misc...