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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Summer doldrums got you down? Looking for some indoor fun to beat the heat? Sunset Playhouse has just the solution with its very entertaining production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Set in the Prohibition era, this new musical is a delightful romantic romp. An onstage narrator takes the...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Theater Preview

The Drowsy Chaperone sounds like a Broadway musical from the '20s. But it's not quite that simple. Instead, it's a musical from the '90s about a fictional musical from the '20s called The Drowsy Chaperone. This musical love letter to an earlier era of Broadway debuted in Canada, and it was...
05.18.2011 | | Posted at 04:33 PM

The Sunset Playhouse looking for talent for retro Broadway musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Drowsy Chaperone sounds very much like the title of a vintage Broadway musical. It’s not. It’s actually the title of a musical about a fan of a fictitious vintage Broadway musical named, oddly enough The Drowsy Chaperone. The fan plays the record and finds himself transported to the world of the fictitious 1928 musical. Inside 50 years, this is going to be a very strange artifact, as fut...
05.04.2011 | | Posted at 07:25 AM

Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes this weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
“A pigmy. A snake. A one-legged man and a pair of shockingly bald identical twins.” A nice tagline for what should be a really interesting live show by the Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre this weekend. Radio WHT, the vintage-style live radio comedy group performs its annual mother’s day show this weekend as it brings its particular spoof on Sherlock Holmes to the studio stage of the Sunset Playho...
04.03.2011 | | Posted at 10:12 AM

Sunset Playhouse Looking for Musical Talent

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse�of Elm Grove is looking for talent to be featured in its Musical Mainstage�series for 2011-2012. Here’s a look at what they have ahead. September 12th-13th. (I love the logos the Sunset commissioned for the series. This one kind of looks like it came from a breakfast cereal box…or perhaps a box of laundry detergent . . .) It’s a celebration of music written ad/or m...
03.13.2011 | | Posted at 09:17 PM

Matt Daniels directs Don Devona and Stephen Roselin in Mitch Albom’s tribute to teaching.

By Russ Bickerstaff
As the national dialogue about budgets, teachers and pay continues to boil, it’s nice to see an outpouring of appreciation for an often-thankless profession. The Sunset Playhouse’s latest show is a tribute to the student-teacher relationships that inspire the kind of support seen in recent days. A story that’s been around for nearly a decade and a half, Tuesdays With Morrie one man’s tri...
03.11.2011 | | Posted at 06:25 AM

Sunset Playhouse announces auditions for a contemporary comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
It was in the era of TV sitcom Bosom Buddies. It covered some of the comedic ground as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry nearly three decades earlier. William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore�s stage comedy Love, Sex and the I.R.S. is a comedy about a couple of roommates. The two guys�Jon and Leslie�decide to save some money on taxes by listing themselves as� a married couple. You can probably see...
01.30.2011 | | Posted at 12:22 PM

Two Appearances Precede A May show at the Sunset Playhouse for Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre brings its unique brand of live/old timey radio drama comedy to a couple of different venues this month. February 6th at 8:30 am, 91.7 WMSE  welcomes the group to the FM airwaves as a part of its Frontier Radio Theatre. The February 6th program features what promises to be an odd fusion with playwright Charles Sommers’ Hansel & Gretel and the Candy Planet. Sounds ...
01.27.2011 | | Posted at 08:47 AM

Sunset Playhouse welcomes Bug In A Rug Childrens Theatres Staging of a Childrens classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
It was a simple, early 20th century work by a woman born in Siberia�a board book that people the world over remember from childhood. Esphyr Slobodkina, who wrote Caps For Sale, passed away a few years ago. As an artist, she�d done a lot of work in every major form of media. She�ll be best known as a name on the cover of Caps For Sale�a book that looks vaguely familiar. I distinctly remember a ...
01.15.2011 | | Posted at 01:19 PM

The Sunset Playhouse's GUYS ON ICE.

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s something about Elm Grove in Winter that kind of feels like north eastern Wisconsin. There’s just a little bit more open space than there is in Milwaukee. There’s just a little bit more room between the buildings. Thursday night there was a bit of snow drifting around—perfect weather for the preview performance of Sunset Playhouse’s Guys On Ice. A large, appreciative audience d...