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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...
01.05.2012 | | Posted at 07:49 AM

Milwaukee Comedy, Retro Comedy Night, Next Act Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d taken to watching an obscure sitcom from the early 1980’s on the occasional late night. Tom Hanks and Peer Scolari remain remarkably witty in an ad agency thanks to some decent scriptwriting, but somehow it all looks a lot older than it did when I was five years old. Somewhere along the line the early 1980’s became retro. Weird. Comedy gets so completely recycled so often that there�...
11.29.2011 | | Posted at 09:48 AM

Next Act’s Holiday Music show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Anyone can claim to not be very good at singing. I’m fairly certain 90% of the population would diagnose themselves as being people who “can’t sing.” Be that as it may, a concert featuring 3 women who can’t sing would be kind of a disaster if the concert pulled three women in off the street who couldn’t sing and set them in front of a piano. (Althoguh I think it’d be a fun experi...

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