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05.11.2010 | | Posted at 12:40 AM

An Enjoyable Evening At Kenilworth With Promising, Young Talent

By Russ Bickerstaff
The tiny performance space at Kenilworth Square was relatively packed—largely with rising, young local theatre talent for a one-night-only performance of a program of shorts referred to as�5 Plays You Didn’t Know. An evening of five shorts selected by UWM professor Rebecca Holderness Began at 6pm and ended somewhere around 9:30 pm if I recall correctly . . . spanning a couple of different fl...
05.09.2010 | | Posted at 11:26 PM

UW-Waukesha Hosts Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors

By Russ Bickerstaff
In�and amidst all of the rest of what’s going on in the near future, it’s nice to see announcements for the summer musicals. Starting this June, many are expected to flock to the big, soulless Broadway import running here in town through the in August. (Tickets went on sale to the general public yesterday.) UW-Waukesha’s production of Little Shop of Horrors opens the same weekend as the ch...
05.10.2010 | | Posted at 11:25 PM

The Boulevard Theatre’s Annual Fundraiser

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre closes out its 24th Season this month with its annual Verse & Vino Poetry/Wine Slam. The annual event features the aforementioned wine and food from some rather nice restaurants as well as poetry and spoken word performed by some exceptionally talented people. This year’s event includes performances by Susan Fete, David Flores, Mark Metcalf, Dan Mooney, Beth Monhollen, Ru...
05.08.2010 | | Posted at 11:39 AM

Rebecca Holderness Presents 5 free shorts On Monday Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
Warmer weather after winter tends to bring with it both the end of the traditional theatre season, replaced by a barrage of shorts programs. Pink Banana Theatre’s next short program is a couple of weeks from its May 21st opening. This coming Monday, UWM’s Rebecca Holderness presents a program of five shorts with Five Plays You Didn’t Know. The ephemeral nature of theatre is really amplifie...
05.07.2010 | | Posted at 07:49 AM

UWM’s Noel Coward Staging Is Cleverly Melodramatic in All The Right Places

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s something really, really refreshing and refreshingly dramatic about a production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever. I had the pleasure of seeing it for a third time last night. Directed by Rebecca Holderness, the UWM production compares favorably with Milwaukee Chamber and American Players Theatre productions I’ve seen of the comedy in the past. The production is remarkably vivid with a de...
05.06.2010 | | Posted at 04:51 PM

Local Performance Group Presents Condensed Live Film Festival

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Weekend, The Warped Cast (2.0) presents 4 movies in two hours for two dollars at the Times Cinema. The comedy performance group will attempt brief comic interpretations of the following: --Friday the 13th� --Birng It On! �The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in 18 minutes. Sort of a film geek�s version of California�s Reduced Shakespeare Company, the...
05.05.2010 | | Posted at 04:23 PM

Two Actresses Look Really Good While Deliberately Performing Badly

By Russ Bickerstaff
Deliberately staging bad productions for comic effect can be a lot more difficult to pull of than anything more straightforward. From Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock to Michael Frayn’s Noises Off (by way of the farce’s play within  play Nothing On) to David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr’s Farndale series, the challenge of bringing deliberately bad performances to the stage for comic ef...
05.04.2010 | | Posted at 07:04 PM

The Second Milwaukee Rep Resident Actor in Two Years To Be Awarded Fellowship

By Russ Bickerstaff
July 11 – 18th, Milwaukee Rep Resident Actress Laura Gordon joins 9 actors from around the country in a series of master classes at Ten Chimneys this summer. It’s quite an honor, but it’s really no surprise. Gordon is a talented and accomplished actress soundly deserving such an honor. Last year the Milwaukee Rep’s Lee Ernst was awarded the honor in the Inauural Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship....
05.03.2010 | | Posted at 01:08 PM

In Tandem’s New Musical Is Fun with Only A Few Bruises

By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre closes its season with a production of The Apple Tree—a mid-to-late-‘60’s Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Bock musical triptych dedicated to the idea that one should be careful what one wishes for. Georgina McKee and Luke Leonhardt play male and female leads in three different stories. The stories are tied together with interstitial bits written for the stage by local playwright Ne...
05.02.2010 | | Posted at 01:36 PM

Bad Comedy Well-Attended—Good Comedy Under-Attended

By Russ Bickerstaff
Thus far, this weekend’s been a study in contrasting comedy. Friday night I saw a reasonably large number of people attend a relatively large comedy in Waukesha. The comedy in question wasn’t that funny. Clearly there had been thought and effort put into what was essentially a pretty bad script (written by Caroline Smith.) Last night, I saw a much smaller show with far fewer people in attenda...