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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Boulevard Theatre's Intellectually Enjoyable Production

By Russ Bickerstaff
The stage space at the Boulevard is split up into roughly three different areas. There’s only one actor in the show. David Ferrie plays Clarence Darrow in Boulevard Theatre’s production of David Rintels’ one man show about the legendary lawyer. It’s a very casual, very comfortable space for a one-man show. This is just as it should be for two hours with a very practically idealistic chara...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

David Ferrie pt. 3

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local actor David Ferrie has a very smart stage presence. In Boulevard Theatre’s Clarence Darrow. I talked with him at the Boulevard Theatre a few weeks ago prior to a rehearsal.In the final part of the interview, Ferrie and I discuss the nature of playing a character over decades of his lifespan and more . . . production of the two person drama Roses In December last year, his performance as ...
09.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Local actor David Ferrie has a very smart stage presence. In Boulevard Theatre’s production of the two-person drama Roses In December last year, his performance as an author who reluctantly exchanges letters with a young woman sparkled with intelligence. This week he takes the same stage in a ONE-person drama as he stars as the title character in David Rintels’ Clarence Darrow. I talked wit...
06.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As mentioned yesterday, The Boulevard Theatre will be hosting a weekend of staged auditions patterned after a certain bafflingly popular TV show.  Yesterday’s listing of judges featured in the program is followed today by a list of some of the actors who will be facing them. Here are some of the personalities competing in the program— Michael ChobanoffIs a towering local actor—instantly r...
06.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre recently announced that its final production of the season, Stations of the Cross broke all previous records and now stands as its most successful production ever. The extended run of its show sold-out within 36 hours of being announced. Coming off the biggest success in its history, the Boulevard will be hosting an interesting program at the end of the month in what is fast ...
05.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Boulevard Theatre’s Stations of the Cross is a savvy comedy that combines the comic appeal of waiting tables with the comedy of Catholicism. Written by Beth Monhollen, the show has debuted to a very successful run with the Boulevard, behaving exactly the way savvy, appealing comedies do: it’s sold out of numerous performances. Knowing a good thing when they see it, the Boulevard has once again...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
...Milwaukee's theater scene provides programming for tastes that run from classic to eclectic. The Milwaukee Rep features it all within its three spaces-the Quadracci Powerhouse, the more intimate Stiemke Theater and the Stackner Cabaret (featuring musical revues). Next Act Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre focus on character-driven plays. Then there's Boulevard Theatre, always giving a break to local talent thanks to Artistic Director/resident funny guy Mark Bucher. When it comes to children's theater, First Stage provides a wide variety of entertainment...
04.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  There’s something subtly surreal about the set. In a storefront space on south Kinnikinnick Avenue there are the usual restaurant-style tables, chairs and carts that would normally be found in any of the eateries in the surrounding commercial neighborhood. It’s a bit weird seeing that in a space not unlike a storefront restaurant that had been turned into a theatre years ago complete wit...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Theater Preview

According to a 2005 estimate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2.2 million waiters and waitresses are currently working in the United States. Given the profession's high turnover rate, it's fair to say that a sizable number of Americans have waited tables over the years. With its universal struggles, it's a job that just about everyone can relate to-and now it's getting the holy treatment...
04.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I recently received the promo images for the upcoming season closer for the Boulevard Theatre. Stations of the Cross is one of those ideas that sounds so simple and promising that it’s kind of surprising that no one thought of it before. Opening April 28th, it’s a series of monologues detailing different aspects of the life of a waitress. The stories are patterned after the 14 stations of the ...

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