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12.11.2011 | | Posted at 12:55 AM

Get More Out of a Musical With The Rep

By Russ Bickerstaff
The huge crowds that go to touring Broadway shows at the Marcus Center would have a much better time at Next To Normal. There’s a power and an intimacy here that a touring show can’t touch—certainly not one that comes through a huge venue like that Milwaukee Theatre or the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall. I say this having not particularly loved the show myself, but watching this thing, I ...
12.03.2011 | | Posted at 04:10 PM

Milwaukee Rep’s HOLIDAY ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR December 10th

By Russ Bickerstaff
 On any reasonably large stage production, there are people working on aspects of the show that will never be terribly apparent to the casual attendee. These people do amazing work on details of any production that often go unnoticed, but would be greatly missed if they weren’t there onstage along with all of the more obvious elements of production. The Milwaukee Rep offers an opportunity to ...
11.26.2011 | | Posted at 06:45 AM

Missing Rose Already

By Russ Bickerstaff
I realize I’d only been covering theatre for a fraction of the 35 years that Rose Pickering was with the Rep, but I will miss her a great deal every time I go to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre. It’s so difficult to know what to say . . . she was such an overwhelming talent onstage. Anyone who has been onstage for that long carries a kind of intensity . . . but Pickering could bring such an...
10.24.2011 | | Posted at 12:45 PM

Another look at The Milwaukee Rep’s LOMBARDI

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Packers had just finished a game that put them at 7-0 on the season—a game that secured them on the top of the league for at least a couple more weeks. It was a Sunday night—last night and the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre was filled with Packers apparel. It didn’t look like a typical Rep theatre audience, but Lombardi isn’t a typical Milwaukee Rep show.    If they’re looking to e...
10.04.2011 | | Posted at 08:48 AM

Milwaukee Rep's Two-person drama in the Stiemke

By Russ Bickerstaff
Mimi Lien’s set is simple, abstract and strikingly beautiful. Two hardwood paths converge. A few planks stick out—rising from those paths. The two paths’ vertex is covered in a black, hardened tar-like substance. I don’t recall ever seeing a set so perfectly sum-up the story taking place on it. On an abstract, symbolic level the set sums up the story quite nicely. Thankfully, the Milwauk...
09.27.2011 | | Posted at 09:00 AM

Milwaukee Rep Stages YELLOWMAN

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Rep opens its latest this week. There isn't a whole lot to give it that specific Rep feel . . . two actors make their Rep debuts with the show, which is directed by accomplished regional director May Adrales. It looks like a remarkably compelling drama from a few years back. Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman tells a classic romance cast against contrasting skin colors. Light-skinned ...
09.11.2011 | | Posted at 04:01 PM

Another Look at the Rep’s Ten Chimneys

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Rep has opened its season with the Midwest premiere of a Jeffrey Hatcher comedy. It’s a real pleasure to see something this new by a playwright as talented as Hatcher, even if the work is far from Hatcher’s best . . . even if it’s largely bereft of those personalities that Rep audiences have come to love over the years.  There are some welcome new faces here that give one t...
07.27.2011 | | Posted at 12:01 AM

Milwaukee Rep Announces dates for upcoming Children’s Auditions

By Russ Bickerstaff
 The longest-running recurring show in Milwaukee, The Rep's annual production of A Christmas Carol has been through countless Tiny Tims and Martha Cratchits over the years. Search for child actors to fill the show'™s roles is a constant process as child actors grow into adults and move on. The auditions have been announced for this year'™s production, which is scheduled to run December 1 ...
06.10.2011 | | Posted at 11:17 PM

Rep Resident Actors Laura Gordon and Gerard Neugent lead this summers classes

By Russ Bickerstaff
 Milwaukee Rep recently made a formal announcement on its Annual Summer Conservatory acting class. The intensive two-week course will focus on American Classics. Classes are set to take place in the Stiemke Studio Theatre 9:30am-5:00pm Monday through Friday July 11th-23rd. Milwaukee Rep Resident Actors Laura Gordon and Gerard Neugent  will guide participants through classes focusing on the wor...