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04.17.2012 | | Posted at 04:18 PM

ONE TIME pay-what-you-can night now April 24th

By Russ Bickerstaff
  A little over an hour ago, I got an announcement from Next Act Theatre's Matt Kemple. Evidently due to a scheduling conflict, the Pay What You Can night for One Time has been moved to April 24th at 7:30pm. Normally a Monday night thing, PWYC has been moved to Tuesday. The world premiere production of Richard Lyons Conlon's contemporary drama continues through April 29th at Next Act's space on ...
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...
Monday, March 19, 2012
Haitian Invasion: After two years of planning, Milwaukee hosted the multi-day “Haiti 2012 Dreams and Reality” conference (“Pays Rêvé, Pays Réel”) featuring that nation's artists, filmmakers and writers. The group was treated to a welcome dinner at...
02.16.2012 | | Posted at 08:57 AM

Next Act welcomes Adrienne Danrich in early March

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a  few years, the Harlem Renaissance will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. It’s already recognized as being a huge cultural milestone for the nation as a whole. The full reality of its significance is likely to be recognized more and more as the nation gets more and more racially integrated. Next Act Theatre celebrates the movement as it welcomes soprano Adrianne Danrich for An Even...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Next Act Theatre's production of Morris Panych's Vigil is a work of art. The darkly comic story of a man waiting for his aunt to die requires a precise balance that director Mary MacDonald Kerr and company execute quite well...
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
The Milwaukee Rep creates a powerful stage drama from a classic of American literature, as it presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. An ensemble provides vocal scoring to a brilliantly balanced cast, including...
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
David Cecsarini directs the world premiere of Richard Lyons Conlon's drama One Time in a production developed in part at Chicago Dramatists. Linda Stephens stars in this story of...
01.22.2012 | | Posted at 09:51 PM

Next Act presents VIGIL

By Russ Bickerstaff
So there’s this guy—kind of a jerk. He quits his job as a bank clerk to care for his ailing aunt. He wants her to die so that he can collect his inheritance. She’s in no hurry to die. And it’s a comedy. And it’s being presented by Next Act, which is the first bit of good news. The next bit of good news is the fact that it’s being directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. Judging from the work...
01.08.2012 | | Posted at 12:15 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Several years ago, I ran into Will Durst at Linneman’s in Riverwest. “Will Durst, right? Clawed yourself to the middle and all of that?” He nodded, smiled and said hello. It couldn’t’ve seemed more casual a meeting for someone who had been on national television doing political comedy for years.  Born in Milwaukee, Durst went to UWM (and claims he would have graduated had it not bee...

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