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06.03.2010 | | Posted at 05:14 PM

Carte Blanches Studios’ Latest Comedy Adds To A Very Busy Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
Carte Blanche Studio’s latest comedy adds to an already very bustling weekend for theatre. Carte Blanche’s production of the 1997 Ray Cooney farce Out Of Order is one of three shows opening in Milwaukee the weekend of June 17th. A relatively diverse weekend, the third weekend in June plays host to opening night of: --the modern two-person drama Closet Land with Alchemist Theatre --Outdoor ...
05.22.2010 | | Posted at 09:02 AM

Pink Banana Continues Its Annual Short Theatre Tradition

By Russ Bickerstaff
With the last days of Spring filtering through the city, one act shows and revues of various kinds begin to pop-up with greater than usual frequency. The annual Pink Banana On-Act show arrives this year at the Off-Broadway Theatre. With a one-act show, one is never precisely certain what to expect. There�s always a strange kind of energy floating around as moods shift gears through multiple acto...
05.28.2010 | | Posted at 07:23 AM

Bunny Gumbo’s 21st Combat Theatre Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
� Cuddly and loveable local theatre group Bunny Gumbo�hosts its 21st�Combat Theatre next week. Running Friday and Saturday, June 4the and 5th, the program is the latest in a line of instant theatre programs that go back a number of years. Bunny Gumbo itself is in its tenth year.�� The program consists of 16 plays conceived and produced in 48 hours. A group of 8 writers will assemble 9pm Thursday...
05.27.2010 | | Posted at 08:12 AM

Faces, Shakespeare and Echoes of RENT

By Russ Bickerstaff
Echoes Of RENT It’s been almost a week since I saw RENT for the third time in the same one year period. The Skylight Opera Theatre’s production, like the two others that cam before it since the beginning of last summer tends to latch into my mind and hang on for a bit longer than I’d like. The songs and melodies of Jonathan Larson have a really long half life—more so than anything else ...
05.23.2010 | | Posted at 04:14 PM

Another Look At The 90s Musical from A Local Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Skylight Opera Theatre�closes out its season in part with a production of Jonathan Larson'�s early '�90'�s musical RENT. Having seen larger and smaller productions of the show, the Skylight�s staging ends up exactly as expected: more intimate than the touring Broadway production with more professional polish than a recent Greendale Community Theatre production. Here are some highlights: The S...
05.21.2010 | | Posted at 07:45 AM

Unspeakably Beautiful Poetry At Times Brilliantly Executed—So why does it have to be called LOVE SONG?

By Russ Bickerstaff
For the second time in as many weeks, I ended up sitting next to the Boulevard Theatre’s Mark Boucher for a show. I ended up falling into a brief exchange about the nature of theatre with him . . . and mentioning something about how odd it is to see one’s own writing onstage. (An experience I get to have again tonight at the opening of the next Pink Banana Shorts program. The lights fell and...
05.20.2010 | | Posted at 07:23 AM

The Sunset Playhouse Presents Nearly Forgotten Show Tunes

By Russ Bickerstaff
The process of writing a standard American musical is probably quite a bit more complicated than most people would like to know about. In any musical, just as there are songs that probably should�ve gotten cut that didn�t, there are those things that did get cut and didn�t deserve it. The Sunset Playhouse presents a program of songs that didn�t quite make it as it presents Prime Cuts�an evening o...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Contemporary Comedy In An Intimate Setting

By Russ Bickerstaff
Performing as it does in a very intimate spaces, Soulstice Theatre does contemporary shows remarkably well. From various small space at the Marian Center, Soulstice has staged a string of memorable shows with instantly recognizable titles: Lend Me A Tenor , Children of a Lesser God , Steel Magnolias and so on. Every now and then, they�ll do something altogether unfamiliar

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05.16.2010 | | Posted at 06:16 PM

Over Our Head Players holds auditions for Lie Down With Dogs

By Russ Bickerstaff
Racine’s Over Our Head Players is preparing to stage World War II late this summer as it presents a production of William W. Vought’s stage drama Lie Down With Dogs. Over Our Head hosts the world premiere production of the drama written by the screenwriter of the 1998 HBO World War II drama When Trumpets Fade. This is a really interesting opportunity to work with a new script about an old wa...
05.12.2010 | | Posted at 10:27 PM

Next Act Persents Jeffrey Hatcher Show at Kohler Arts Center This Summer

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderers is a staggeringly well-written comic drama. Next Act Theatre’s production of the play that graced the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre at the end of 2008 was easily one of the best shows I’ve seen in the past five years. And even if I’m not going to have a chance to see it, the fact that the production will be making it to Sheboygan this summer gives me ...