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10.01.2011 | | Posted at 05:42 PM

The stages multiply beautifully in Aaron Kopec’s latest

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre’s annual Autumnal shows have been a lot of fu over the years. Playwright Aaron Kopec has outdone himself with a staggeringly complicated little piece of theatre that’s simple and visceral enough to be almost universally accessible. While it is superficial (and even downright silly) in places, it’s got a depth to it that’s a lot of fun to roam around in. Set in 1923,...
08.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:26 AM

Fools For Tragedy's IN MY MIND'S EYE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Talented actress Stephanie Staszak opened the first door into the theatre. Equally talented stage actress Shannon Tyburski opened the second door. With this kind of talent opening the doors, it’s really no surprise that In My Mind’s Eye has a great cast. (Still would've been nice to see Staszak or Tyburski onstage, though.) This being a modification of Hamlet, the production has kind of a lar...
08.04.2011 | | Posted at 10:08 AM

A look back at the last theatre years from the edge of August

By Russ Bickerstaff
With Soulstice Theatre opening the first show of the new season last week, Milwaukee Theatre rolls into New Year's . . . the Milwaukee Theatre year starting in August with the first new shows of the new theatre season and closes at the end of the following July with the last openings of the summer theatre season. Here then is part two of a look back at it all . . . May 2011 May of 2011 was ...
07.08.2011 | | Posted at 04:24 PM

Alchemist’s FAUST opened a new website

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre has consistently held solidly entertaining Halloween shows for a number of years now. The past three years have featured dark tales from the late 19th century—Dracula, Jack The Ripper, Herman Mudgett. All shows have been memorable and quite commercially successful. (Two of the three previous shows completely sold-out their entire runs.) This coming fall, the Alchemist mov...
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Theater Preview

The recent acclaim for Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Broadway musical The Book of Mormon solidifies critical success for a writing team best known for the long-running animated TV satire “South Park.” Long before that Comedy Central hit, the pair collaborated on Cannibal...
06.18.2011 | | Posted at 09:13 PM

Oe of Milwaukee's Best Sketch Comedy groups tackles one of the most overworked sources of comic material

By Russ Bickerstaff
Sketch comedy group Broadminded continues to show a penchant for bright, crisply witty comedy with its latest outing Blood Is Thicker Than Liquor. The group that has, in the past, covered some pretty interesting ground looks for novel comedy in one of the most common sources of material in all of comedy: family. An hack stand-up can get a few laughs making fun of their family. Improv groups can ...
06.07.2011 | | Posted at 01:50 PM

Alchemist Theatre's FOOL FOR LOVE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere in the middle of the hottest days of the year, the Alchemist Theatre stages a drama set in a run-down little motel on the edge of the great American desert. Fool For Love is an interesting study in artifice. One of playwright Sam Shepard'™s least accomplished dramas, Fool For Love registers a particularly weak note for the acclaimed playwright who seemed to be desperately reaching fo...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Theater Preview

This week the Alchemist Theatre welcomes summer with Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, a story of two lovers battling it out in a tiny motel room on the edge of the desert. Though Shepard's work is certainly popular enough to fill bigger stages, the intimacy of a studio theater...
05.21.2011 | | Posted at 03:46 PM

All-Woman Sketch Comedy Group presents BLOOD IS THICKER THAN LIQUOR in June.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Anne, Stacy, Melissa and Megan return to the Alchemist Theatre next month for their latest sketch comedy show Blood Is Thicker Than Liquor. It’s family comedy which might not actually be . . . y’know . . . “family comedy.” Family is such a tedious topic for hack comedy, but when it’s handled well, it can be brilliantly insightful. The four-woman sketch comedy group Broadminded does so...
04.17.2011 | | Posted at 12:01 AM

Alchemist Theatre Welcomes Alien invasion/time travel show

By Russ Bickerstaff
A show that has been posted for a while on Alchemist Theatre’s website, Natalie Ryan And The Brian Thieves actually kind of sounds like an East Side garage band. That was, in face, what I assumed it was until I read the description listed on the website. The sci-fi drama in question features Natalie Ryan--a high school student working with particle physics on a science fair project. There’...