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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard's Greater Tuna seems like an unlikely success story. There is very little that is novel or original about the play—essentially, it is a sketch comedy show featuring two guys in a variety of roles in the setting of...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Billed as “tragical, comical, historical,” David Davalos' Wittenberg is an intellectual comedy with an edge to it. This month Windfall Theatre presents an intimate staging of the play, which is set on a university campus in the early 16th century...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Andree Lee Ellis presents August Wilson�s JITNEY

By Russ Bickerstaff
n It's an interesting end of American history that sounds romantic enough that it really should've been a major motion picture. In Pittsburgh in the '70's, there was an area of town that was so dangerous and infested with crime that no officially licensed cabbie would want to work there. And so any enterprising unlicensed cabbies who wanted to work the area could make some decent money moving pe...
12.12.2011 | | Posted at 10:55 AM

Birmingham Off Broadway at the Marcus Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
nThe Marcus Center’s rather curiously named Off-Broadway theatre series progresses in a couple of months with Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating and Marriage. Milwaukee stage veteran Laurie Birmingham stars in the title role. It’s another 90 minute comic monologue-style show, which has been known to be fun in the past . . . most notably in the show currently running on the Off-Broadway ser...
08.31.2011 | | Posted at 12:14 AM

Touring show makes it though Milwaukee July 17th – 22nd NOT July 18th through 29th

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts announced yesterday morning that the touring production of Billy Elliott—The Musical would only be running July 17th through the 22nd of next year and NOT the 18th- 29th as had been previously announced. They hadn’t actually listed a reason, but the schedule change has already been updated in all relevant Marcus Center-based info. As of roughly 2pm ...
07.24.2011 | | Posted at 08:47 PM

A Solidly Entertaining Musical A Bit More Solidly Entertaining for Fans

By Russ Bickerstaff
Once in a while, when I’m going to a show, I feel more like a cultural anthropologist than a theatre critic. That’s sort of how it felt going to see Jersey Boys this past Thursday. It was one of the biggest, most intense crowd energies I've ever felt at the Marcus Center. Personally, I didn't feel the excitement. The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons adapted to a flashy, big-budget t...
07.02.2011 | | Posted at 07:05 AM

Free kids shows at the Peck Pavillion

By Russ Bickerstaff
By this point in the summer, there’s a kind of restlessness that starts to emerge in kids and adults alike. Being a father of a newborn daughter, I am beginning to see those days on the horizon where at some point in July or August of say . . . 2017 or so, my  daughter will start to feel kind of bored with all the time away from school. Having already read through and written comprehensive cr...
06.27.2011 | | Posted at 11:21 AM

Marcus Center’s CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES a contemporary musical theatre piece in the style of an old sitcom.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Written only less than ten years ago, Drew Jansen, Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke’s stage musical Church Basement Ladies is kind of an odd mid-twentieth century comic fugue. Set in 1965, the show feels a lot more like a radio sitcom from the ‘40’s or ‘50’s. For those with the right kind of comic sensitivity, it’s pleasantly disorienting in places. For everyone else it’s lightly in...