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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...
05.13.2011 | | Posted at 05:01 PM

Next Act Theatre hosting auditions for summer theatre for teens

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre will be hosting auditions this weekend for its Next Actors program. It’s a summer theatre program fro aspiring actors in high school. It’s a really interesting program . . . each summer Next Act hosts a six-week playwriting and performance program free-of-charge to a select group of Milwaukee teenagers of diverse cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The program runs ...
01.04.2011 | | Posted at 11:11 PM

The 21 Year-Old Theatre Company Officially Ready to Build New Space

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � I was really disappointed when I found out that the Off-Broadway Theatre was shutting down. Those at Next Act seemed to be keeping a pretty level head about it-knowing full well that they really needed to grow beyond the theatre anyway . . . they had their eye on developing an entirely new space. The plans for the new space—as developed by Quorum Architects, Inc., looked really ambitious. T...
12.04.2010 | | Posted at 01:22 PM

Next Act Theatre presents McGiverns holiday show at the Reps Stiemke Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
John McGivern seems to be glowing a bit more onstage this year than he has in the past. Fresh from winning a Midwest Emmy for The Early Stories, McGivern�s charming presence fills the space of the Milwaukee Rep�s Stiemke Theatre in another holiday show. McGivern�s Home For The Holidays is the latest in a series of holiday one-man shows presented by Next Act Theatre. In seasons past, the Next Act...