Home / Tag: Next Act Theatre
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
David Cecsarini directs the world premiere of Richard Lyons Conlon's drama One Time in a production developed in part at Chicago Dramatists. Linda Stephens stars in this story of...
01.22.2012 | | Posted at 09:51 PM

Next Act presents VIGIL

By Russ Bickerstaff
So there’s this guy—kind of a jerk. He quits his job as a bank clerk to care for his ailing aunt. He wants her to die so that he can collect his inheritance. She’s in no hurry to die. And it’s a comedy. And it’s being presented by Next Act, which is the first bit of good news. The next bit of good news is the fact that it’s being directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. Judging from the work...
01.08.2012 | | Posted at 12:15 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Several years ago, I ran into Will Durst at Linneman’s in Riverwest. “Will Durst, right? Clawed yourself to the middle and all of that?” He nodded, smiled and said hello. It couldn’t’ve seemed more casual a meeting for someone who had been on national television doing political comedy for years.  Born in Milwaukee, Durst went to UWM (and claims he would have graduated had it not bee...
01.05.2012 | | Posted at 07:49 AM

Milwaukee Comedy, Retro Comedy Night, Next Act Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d taken to watching an obscure sitcom from the early 1980’s on the occasional late night. Tom Hanks and Peer Scolari remain remarkably witty in an ad agency thanks to some decent scriptwriting, but somehow it all looks a lot older than it did when I was five years old. Somewhere along the line the early 1980’s became retro. Weird. Comedy gets so completely recycled so often that there�...
11.29.2011 | | Posted at 09:48 AM

Next Act’s Holiday Music show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Anyone can claim to not be very good at singing. I’m fairly certain 90% of the population would diagnose themselves as being people who “can’t sing.” Be that as it may, a concert featuring 3 women who can’t sing would be kind of a disaster if the concert pulled three women in off the street who couldn’t sing and set them in front of a piano. (Althoguh I think it’d be a fun experi...
11.20.2011 | | Posted at 12:19 AM

Another Respectably Good Show For Which I Lack Enthusiasm

By Russ Bickerstaff
I love theatre . . . I wouldn’t be reviewing shows if I didn’t. I go out with every intention of enjoying a show, but sometimes going out on a Saturday night feels more like work. And . . . as was the case with Next Act’s production of Sylvia . . . there really isn’t anything about the show that I specifically disliked. A.R. Gurney’s story of a man who takes-in a dog named Sylvia is fu...
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Company presents A.R. Gurney comedy 'Sylvia'

Humans have a strong desire to anthropomorphize pets. We let them into our homes and then try our best to relate to the kind of roommates we would probably avoid if they were humans. In the 1990s A.R. Gurney wrote a clever piece on the nature...
10.18.2011 | | Posted at 08:53 AM

Next Act Theatre looking for ushers to aid with the end of the run for an excellent drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
I never quite got a request like this before. Seeing as how I’m always interested in helping out in whatever way I can, Next Act Theatre has put out a call for ushers to round out its run of The Exonerated. It’s a really powerful drama and a great opportunity to be a part of the premiere show at Next Act’s brand new theatre space on 255 South Water Street.  Next Act’s Marketing/PR...
07.12.2011 | | Posted at 11:36 AM

NEXT ACT Summer Theatre For Teens Program

By Russ Bickerstaff
Just as the Milwaukee Rep’s summer theatre conservatory ends with a final student performance next week, so too does Next Act’s summer theatre course for teens. Under the direction of local professionals Doug Jarecki and Karen Estrada, this year’s Next Act Summer Theatre for Teens is an intensive six-week course offered at no cost toe Milwaukee-area students. It’s really satisfying to k...