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In the 1980s, con artist David Hampton tricked a group of wealthy Manhattanites out of a great deal of money by claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son. In 1990, playwright John...
12.19.2011 | | Posted at 10:16 AM

The Sunset Playhouse is looking for two people to do a whole bunch of Texans onstage.

By Russ Bickerstaff
nnAuditions are on the horizon in the New Year. In addition to the Alchemist’s upcoming auditions in January, the Sunset Playhouse is looking for a cast for its upcoming production of Greater Tuna.nThe irrepressible comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard  makes it to Elm Grove  courtesy of a production directed by the talented Bryce Lord. The catch is this: they’re only looking ...
12.08.2011 | | Posted at 10:00 AM

Sunset Playhouse Extends its Bing for another couple of performances

By Russ Bickerstaff
People still love Bing Crosby. A lot. The Sunset Playhouse recently announced that its  holiday tribute to Crosby had sold out six upcoming performances. (Six.) The show, which opens tonight at 7:30pm, has added a couple of performances to the end of its run. Now there will be a show on the 17th and the 18th. In other news, Broadway Across America is warning people against buying tickets to its...
11.24.2011 | | Posted at 07:04 AM

Sunset Playhouse’s Bing thing

By Russ Bickerstaff
In making out my personal schedule of shows for the coming month, I find local stages awash in holiday cheer. In and amidst shows that are returning from perevious seasons, there are a few shows that only sound like they’re returning from previous seasons. One such show is the Sunset Playhouse’s  Bing Crosby: Christmas On The Air. The name is so universal—I’m sure I’ve seen somethin...
10.14.2011 | | Posted at 11:55 PM

Sunset Playhouse’s Prelude to a Kiss

By Russ Bickerstaff
  After last weekend, I was a bit concerned that I had started to lose a critical perspective on things. I loved everything that opened last week. Theatrical Tendencies’ The Little Dog Laughed is brilliant and well balanced. In Tandem’s Mrs. Mannerly is a lot of fun even in its shallower moments. I liked nearly everything about Next Act’s Exonerated. It’s kind of a relief after last week...
10.11.2011 | | Posted at 09:04 AM

Sunset Playhouse hosts a clearance event to raise funds

By Russ Bickerstaff
    I tend to over-anthropomorphize things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not weird about it or anything. I don’t feel sorry for coleslaw in the refrigerator that goes uneaten  as former Milwaukee poet Matt Cook has professed to. I do however, feel bad about stage costumes that get worn for a single run and then lie around in a box somewhere for the rest of eternity. What kind of existence is ...
09.29.2011 | | Posted at 09:12 AM

Sunset Playhouse Auditions for the Classic Musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
The theatre season continues. Actors not yet attached with a project in the flurry of openings in the early part of the season may wish to consider some time in Elm Grove this fall. This weekend Elm Grove community theatre group Sunset Playhouse is looking to cast for  its upcoming production of Annie. The show is being directed by seasoned musical theatre talent Ray Jivoff, who most recently p...
09.04.2011 | | Posted at 07:20 AM

Elm Grove Playhouse looking for volunteer help

By Russ Bickerstaff
Community theatre doesn’t always get the kind of respect it deserves. Wtiness the discrepancy in ticket prices between a perfectly solid community theatre show and say . . . a touring Broadway show—there’s a kind of a doubles standard in the way people think about theatre. Honestly, touring professional actors lack much of the vitality found in smaller productions. And while the a...
08.25.2011 | | Posted at 08:02 AM

Elm Grove Theatre offers classes for kids from 2 – 18 years of age

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the father of a talented four month old girl, I can’t wait to introduce her to the stage. The First Stage Children’s Theatre is a great opportunity to give kids a chance to develop an understanding of performance firsthand, but Sunset Playhouse also offers classes . . . some for kids as young as 2 years old . . . so if the program is still running in 2013, my daughter and I might find our...
08.17.2011 | | Posted at 07:09 AM

Elm Grove Playhouse looking to cast PRELUDE TO A KISS

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Sunset Playhouse continues its 2011/2012 Season this October with a production of Prelude To A Kiss. . . a tender romance with a bit of darkness. Playwright Craig Lucas was said to be channeling the fears of an entire community with the initial emergence of AIDS in the early ‘80’s when he wrote the play about a young bride who switches bodies with an old man. The Sunset Playhou...