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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
Fools for Tragedy's current staging of Jordan Gwiazdowski's Waiting, a deconstruction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, plays like an existential funhouse, with metaphorical mirrors strewn everywhere...
02.10.2012 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

Theatre and the Moment in Bay View

By Russ Bickerstaff
99% of life is the fine print—all those little details. (This past evening, I was waiting fro my wife to get back from acupuncture and my baby daughter had scraped her chin--she caused herself real pain for one of the first times ever. She cried so much and why is it that the little plush wee ninja is so much better at making her happy than I am? And precisely how am I going to tackle things t...
02.04.2012 | | Posted at 07:05 AM

Stage Fighting Lessons At The Alchemist

By Russ Bickerstaff
My first reaction was…stage fighting lessons in a bar: what could possibly go wrong there? Seriously, though . . . stage fighting is something that requires complete precision and sobriety to make it come across effectively. But it also requires just a little bit more than that . . .  I’d noticed over the years that professional equity actors have never managed to give the full-out stage f...
01.18.2012 | | Posted at 04:13 PM

Jordan Gwiazdowski’s take on Waiting For Godot staged at the Alchemist Theatre Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Fools For Tragedy takes the stage of the Alchemist Theatre again next month as it presents Jordan Gwiazdowski’s Waiting. Conceptually, it’s a rather clever mutation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot. A group of five actors play various roles whil waiting around to perform in a production of Waiting For Godot. Two actors have received anonymous contracts to appear in the show. They wai...
12.28.2011 | | Posted at 03:49 PM

Jared McDarius class at the Alchemist in January.

By Russ Bickerstaff
n n nIt’s kind of a weird theory. And like most weird theories, it sounds really awfully interesting. The idea is that there may have been enough clues in the work of Shakespeare to suggest that his plays could be performed entirely without rehearsal. Actors would be taught their own lines only and it would all come together onstage. You know what you’re supposed to say and when you’re sup...
12.15.2011 | | Posted at 09:18 AM

Alchemist and Project Empty Space are looking to cast for a number of shows next month.

By Russ Bickerstaff
nThe Alchemist Theatre will be holding auditions for a number of brand new theatre shows and kind of a weird musical. Here’s a look—nFREE 2 B YOU & ME—okay just hearing that title shoots a melody into my head from grade school that I’d rather not have rolling through my head right now. The original work was a post-‘60’s after school special about the importance of . . . well . . . bein...
11.30.2011 | | Posted at 04:09 PM

Jason Powell’s FORTUNAwith Milwaukee Opera Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
Kind of a weird-looking amalgamation of different things, Jason Powell’s Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom is a superhero operetta that evidently mixes a campy version of the contemporary superhero genre with a classic Gilbert and Sullivan style operetta. Comissioned and produced by The Milwaukee Opera Theatre, the show makes its first appearance in a fully staged production...
11.23.2011 | | Posted at 06:46 AM

(Do Something)

By Russ Bickerstaff
As a culture, we are overwhelmed by commerce this time of year. This is so completely obvious that it'™s become a cliche. I felt weird even writing that first sentence its so obvious and over-said. But the weird thing about the commerce this time of year is the illusion of activity. All the advertising--”all of the sales and everything re trying to get consumers in an ailing economy to go ...