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07.05.2014 | 59 days ago | Posted at 02:48 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Unchained moves into the summer with Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party. The 1960’s beach movie parody was originally given the title Gidget Goes Psychotic, but the title was changed due to obvious concerns over copyright. That original title may have been the perfect description of the play. Cheesy, kitschy beach fun gets disrupted by psychotic horror comedy. It’s a fun show. Perfec...
07.03.2014 | 61 days ago | Posted at 05:47 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Say you’re a regular performance group that regularly performs on the first Friday of the month. What do you do when the first friday of the month happens to land on one of the biggest holidays of the year? If you’re Dead Man’s Carnival you go ahead and you do a show on July 4 anyway.Magic, juggling, burlesque, human oddities and other circus fare come once more to the Miramar Theatre on 284...
07.02.2014 | 62 days ago | Posted at 12:45 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Peninsula Players cleverly pairs its venue with a sharp script next week as it stages an adaptation of Agatha Christies’ And Then There Were None. The original novel is considered to be one of Christie’s greatest works. Ten people go to a distant resort. They’re all there for different reasons. Gradually they get killed off one by one.Door County is far from being the lonely resort that ...
06.30.2014 | 64 days ago | Posted at 03:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer has just started. The end of the summer theatre months is not far off. This August, Sunset Playhouse opens what is quite possibly the final summer musical to open in the greater Milwaukee area. Gypsy is regarded by many as one of the greatest musicals ever produced. Okay, so it’s a good show, but I don’t know that I’d go quite that far. There’s no questioning that it’s a great...
06.27.2014 | 67 days ago | Posted at 06:07 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With all of the local-produced stuff going on, it’s easy to forget that the bigger productions are casually rolling through the biggest stages. Yes, you’ve seen the ads for Phantom of the Opera, but they tend to blur into everything else that’s being marketed as entertainment over the course of the summer. Sometimes when something so obvious and ubiquitous is being marketed it’s easy to ov...
06.24.2014 | 70 days ago | Posted at 06:46 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee takes a step in the right direction as it hosts the first Diversity General Auditions for stage and screen actors on Tuesday, June 24. Uprooted Theatre will host the event that is scheduled to run from 10:30 am - 3:30 p.m. at the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St.Actors of color are encouraged to audition for a number of upcoming projects. Those looking for talent include represe...
06.23.2014 | 71 days ago | Posted at 01:36 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre is looking to do something really promising with its 2015 season. It’s still quite a few months away, but the group has already been posting some pretty elaborate looks at its retro future. Witness the promo video for the season from YouTube:   It’s actually a pretty clever idea that really hasn’t been explored in depth: a trilogy of original shows all set in the...
06.22.2014 | 72 days ago | Posted at 01:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In order to keep theater fresh, it’s absolutely essential to establish new works that continue to evolve with audiences. Of course, it’s absolutely essential that these voices represent a diversity of perspectives otherwise the contemporary stage is merely reflecting shadows of the past.Renaissance Theaterworks is doing its part to develop new works by new voices with its BRINK! A New Works Mo...
06.17.2014 | 77 days ago | Posted at 06:26 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Back in the mid-19th century, Werner Trimborn and Jacob Kier purchased a lime-producing property south of Milwaukee. They had quickly become the largest producers of quality lime in Wisconsin. By the 1870s, there were 40 people working there. Things changed in the early 20th century. The land was subdivided and sold off. The bulk of it went into dairy farming. By 1935, the farm was purchased by th...
06.19.2014 | 75 days ago | Posted at 07:23 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There are all kinds of reasons why things seem a bit confusing these days. The weather can’t seem to decide what season it is. The summer movie season started in April this year. People are doing unspeakable things in the name of the fictional. And The Improvised Musical is occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month.I know it’s confusing. This week IS the third week in June. I checked a cal...

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