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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’...
03.02.2011 | | Posted at 10:23 AM

Two Patrick Schmitz pieces in March

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local playwright and funnyman Patrick Schmitz is a busy guy. This month he has not one, but two different scripts making their formal debut in two different formats. Today’s...or, actually...This Sunday’s Tom Sawyer On March 6th, Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre�breaks with tradition and working with a script not written by Charles Sommers. Patrick Schmitz’s Radio WHT comedic twist on Twain’s c...
02.27.2011 | | Posted at 09:38 AM

Grace DeWolf and the Alchemist Theatre announce a fascinating new project

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre recently announced a new project being headed-up by recent UWM theatre graduate and talented actress Grace DeWolff. Project Empty Space is an attempt to open-up the stage to new ideas that haven't been tested and new people who may not already be associated with an established theatre company or any practical experience. Under the right circumstances, this could be amazing...
02.25.2011 | | Posted at 06:21 AM

Alex Grindeland and James Boland attempt to occupy the same comedic space on Sunday.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Possibly the cleverest title for a show all year, Al & Jim�s One Man Show also sounds like kind of a clever idea for a show. The idea goes something like this: improv comics Alex Grindeland and James Boland take audience suggestions to create completely different improvised scenes�. Each one individually composes his own self-contained story. As the show progresses, the two worlds collide...
02.02.2011 | | Posted at 06:15 AM

All-Woman Sketch Comedy Group Turns Five

By Russ Bickerstaff
Sketch Comedy groups come and go quite frequently. Members flit in and out quite of more established groups just as frequently. It�s a bit like any local music scene. Bands come and go and only a few manage to stick it out for the long haul. That�s perhaps the biggest accomplishment for local sketch comedy group Broadminded. Consisting of Anne Graff LaDisa, Stacy Babl, Melissa Kingston and Megan...
01.27.2011 | | Posted at 11:42 AM

Youngblood Theatre’s remounting of the Adam Rapp drama RED LIGHT WINTER

By Russ Bickerstaff
Adam Rapp’s drama Red Light Winter returns to the stage of the Alchemist Theatre this month—a return to a production which had its run tragically cut short due to a random act of violence against a member of its cast. Staged this time in winter, the story of two men and a woman from Amsterdam to New York gains a certain stylistic depth from the cold winter whipping down Kinnickinnic Avenue j...

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