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02.20.2010 | | Posted at 05:34 PM

Carte Blanche and the art of juggling a satisfying production.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere around intermission last night, the full reality of seeing a third Shakespeare show in less than a month finally hit me. Looking back, it occurs to me that it�s actually pretty rare to have three different productions of three different Shakespeare plays open in Milwaukee the same month. Boulevard Theatre�s All�s Well That Ends Well, Off The Wall�s Macbeth and Carte Blanche�s Much Ado ...
01.18.2010 | | Posted at 03:00 PM

Three Different Shakespeare Productions Open Next Month

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the local theatre season continues into 2010, the second month of the New Year sees an odd concentration of unrelated Shakespeare productions. All three are in small studio theatres, allowing local audiences an opportunity to ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLOpening on February 10th, The Boulevard Theatre’s production of one of Shakespeare’s rarely-produced plays. In promotion of the play, the ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Stages Shakespeare’s Sonnets

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bird enthusiasts and theatergoers probably have a lot more in common than I would care to analyze. That being said, I though t it was kind of interesting that birders painstakingly look after something called a “life list”—a list of species they’ve seen in the wild over the course of their lives. Kind of reminds me of a similar list I’m personally keeping track of—all the Shakespeare ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Optimist Theatre Welcomes James Pickering for Inaugural Shakespeare In The Park Show This June

By Russ Bickerstaff
A group of friends met at a pizza place in Kenosha in early 1992. There they started plans that ultimately developed into The Midwest Children’s Theatre. The educational theatre group has worked extensively with area schools over the years. The group evolved as creative groups tend to do. Now the group is known as Optimist Theatre. The Optimist Theatre recently decided that it might be a good...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Department Stages Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
The current UWM production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the fourth that I’ve seen in a year and a half. American Players Theatre’s production was an interesting big-budget show in a beautiful outdoor theatre in Spring Green with a modern production design featuring a beautiful set by the Tony Award-winning scenic designer of August: Osage County. Door Shakespeare’s comparatively modest ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  It was my last show before a weekend with the APT . . . a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that Carte Blanche Studios. And., as usual, there wasn’t room in the print review to mention everything . . . here are a few impressions that didn’t make it into a far more concise review of the show . . . (and some that might’ve.)--Clayton Hamburg’s Puck looks and moves exactly t...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Soulstice Theatre’s Complete Works Of William Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Soulstice Theatre’s  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  is fun. It may not be perfect. They kind of drop the ball on the physical comedy of Shakespeare’s histories presented as a football game. The Othello rap is a bit more wince-inducing than one might hope for. With a show as fast-paced as The Complete Works, individual moments get washed-out in the rhythm of an ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Free Performance of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits in A Third Ward Gallery.

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a spacious studio space in the Third Ward/Walker’s Point area of town. Classy, old white wood and white brick marred only slightly by some pseudo-sorta-kinda Jackson Pollock paintings to my right. A large audience sits on white wooden folding chairs for Goats & Monkeys’ Thursday night staged reading of Hamlet. It may not be a fully staged production of Shakespeare’s classic, but th...
06.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The annual June trip too Spring Green for American Players Theatre has been lengthened a bit by their current budget. Having canceled their June matinees, out-of-towners looking to take in all three of the early season shows end up staying for three consecutive evenings. On touring the APT’s new indoor theatre space which opens up in only a few days, my theory that the lack of matinees had somet...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Carte Blanche Studios’ summer shuffle

Last summer featured two major productions of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream staged in Wisconsin, each taking place in a remote corner of the state. First up was American Players Theatre with a cleverly crafted, contemporary outdoor production in Spring Green, complete with a beautiful set by an award-winning scenic designer from Chicago. Later in the season, Door Shakespeare staged a much more intimate...

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