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02.07.2010 | | Posted at 03:13 PM

Local Companies Stage A Quartet of Shows Prominently Featuring Sister Trios

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife’s two sisters came over yesterday. The three of them were in the kitchen making cookies as I worked on bits of writing that I was attempting to get done. The three sisters motif was particularly strong this weekend, as my wife and I had also attended a show about three sisters the previous night. It’s a motif that’ll be carried out on a number of stages in the next few weeks. Here�...
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...
09.29.2009 | | 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...
09.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Stephen Sondheim’s Company is a quaint, little emotional drama drawn from an exploration of contemporary romance in the big city. Off The Wall Theatre opens its ’09-’10 season with a production of the musical that opened this past week. Ben George plays single guy Robert, who is slowly advancing into the life of long-term adult bachelor. The precision of George’s charisma really shine i...
07.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
STUFFY BACKGROUND CRITICISMAs I understand it, back in the mid-1800’s, the predominant form of narrative home entertainment was the novel. In England at the time, novels cost a full shilling. Those without the benefit of that kind of disposable income could pay substantially less for serialized bits of fiction that were far cheaper to produce. Often referred to as penny dreadfuls, the tiny we...
07.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Another upcoming production that I haven’t had the time to make much fuss about is Off The Wall’s upcoming staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd. This one has something of an odd history with me personally. Somewhere in Junior High School, I found out that Neil Gaiman was working on a comic book adaptation of this murderous barber from an old penny dreadful called The String ...
05.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The atmosphere at the Off The Wall Theatre is pretty laid-back and relaxed. I’d been there last night to see their Broadway Fundraiser—Broadway Gold. The theatre is black draped in red with some reflective surfaces. As the show washed over me, it began to occur to me just how many Broadway musicals I’d seen these past five years. Being someone not particularly fond of musicals, it was a litt...
05.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The end of the month is ahead and with it, the end of the traditional theatre season. It’s a strange time privy to a lot of odd traveling shows from out of state, at least one 24 hour play and a few other odds and ends. For those in the mode for something a little less offbeat—those interested in something a little more glossy and traditional who can’t wait for A Chorus Line to come to the M...
04.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Oscar Wilde’s Salome isn’t quite like any of the rest of his work. Written entirely in French, Wilde’s original play had kind of a poetic brutality that isn’t lost in the English translation that Off The Wall Theatre is using for its staging of the drama now through April 26th. At least . . . I assume there was a poetic brutality to the original script . . . I’d never actually read th...
02.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Off The Wall Theatre is painted almost completely black. Various phrases are scrawled in white all over the walls. As the audience files into the tiny space Annie Mater slinks about in character as streetwalker Suky Tawdry. A couple of apparent junkies stagger about in the shadows onstage. The usual sort of pre-show audience conversation is accompanied by actors slowly making it to sta...

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