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07.27.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 05:18 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
My experiences with formal writing workshops have not been good. My impression of them as being mindless breeding grounds for writers who all kind of sound alike may not be terribly flattering, but Theresa Rebeck’s impression is considerably worse. Her Seminar makes its Wisconsin Premiere next month with World’s Stage Theatre. It’s the story of four aspiring writers who sign up for private w...
08.02.2014 | 61 days ago | Posted at 06:31 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Last Five Years has been around for over a dozen. That is to say that Jason Robert Brown’s semi-autobiographical story of a doomed five-year relationship was originally staged in Chicago back in 2001. The romantic musical drama with an interesting plot structure seemed remarkably fresh when it was originally staged. Robby McGhee’s All In Productions will be looking to breathe new life into...
08.04.2014 | 59 days ago | Posted at 05:40 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Spring Awakening is probably one of the only musicals I have ever really loved. The coming-of-age tale has a style about it that feels distinct and distinctly fresh. There’s real anger and passion coming in through the edges of this story of love, sex and repression.The Greendale Community Theatre will be staging a production of the musical  will be directed by talented, young actress Amber...
08.05.2014 | 58 days ago | Posted at 05:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Memories Dinner Theater in port Washington is hosting auditions for its upcoming season. The season includes three comedies. Harris Cashes Out (Oct. 31 – Nov. 9) is the story of a down-on-his-luck composer and lyricist who encounters a woman living down the hall from him. The Londos D’Arrigo comedy had its world premiere last year in Michigan. Also included on the season are a couple of proven...
08.03.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 05:29 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
David Kaye’s Bad Example Productions returns from the shadows once more next February with a stage adaptation of Orwell’s 1984. The production runs Feb. 5 - 21 of next year. Nothing says bitter winter and Valentine’s Day quite like George Orwell’s 1984. The dystopia comes to the intimate stage of the Alchemist Theatre.Should be fun. The Alchemist last staged a production of 1984 a couple o...
08.01.2014 | 62 days ago | Posted at 04:26 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Once again, this year The Milwaukee Comedy Festival  makes another appearance to signal the beginning of the end of summer with some funny. Celebrating nine years in existence, the festival makes its way to the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St. for another four-day stretch of comedy Aug. 7 - 10.Perennial favorites like sketch comedy group Broadminded and Chicago improv group Jack And...
07.31.2014 | 63 days ago | Posted at 04:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin opens its summer season in the final weeks of the summer. The stage, which also serves the New Berlin West Middle and High School will be home to a no less than three productions this August.We’re All in This Together: High School Musical Junior is a product of New Berlin’s Summer Theatre Workshop, which trains students in 5th through 12th grade in...
07.30.2014 | 64 days ago | Posted at 06:04 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Quasimondo Physical Theatre rounds out the summer with a few live outdoor performances this month. Included on the schedule for the irreverent group are a couple of performances of shows they have mounted elsewhere before.Hansel & Gretel: A Cautionary Tale is a mixture of puppetry, dance and drama that twists the folktale into a story about eating healthy and the importance of active lifes...
07.29.2014 | 65 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Emotional intimacy can be very difficult to maintain in an outdoor theatre. The dramatic immediacy can fizzle in the open air. Summerstage manages a respectable kind of intimacy with its emotionally entrancing production of Talley’s Folly, which opened this past weekend. Phil Stepanski and Ruth Arnell star in a two-person romantic drama about a couple of people meeting at an old boathouse in Mis...
07.28.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 05:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Not every fundraiser raises money for a theatre company like the Sunset Playhouse. Not every theatre company fundraiser is a murder mystery party. Not every murder mystery party allows one an opportunity to meet tycoon Donald Trumpet. So consider yourself lucky that you even know about this one.’Til Death Do Us Part is set-up as a wedding for a character based on a certain clownish billionaire c...

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