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01.16.2010 | | Posted at 01:30 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Blackbird Explores the Passion of Human Intimacy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Unseasonably Spring-like weather hung in the air. The Third Ward was alive with the strange energies of Gallery Night activity. In the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks was opening its new drama—David Harrower’s Blackbird.  My wife and I sat with a number of critics from other publications near the back of the studio theatre. The view of Scenic Designer Nath...
01.15.2010 | | Posted at 05:35 PM

The Original Fairy Tale Brought To Life In Waukesha Next Week

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Little Mermaid—Den lille havfrue in its original Danish—has captivated audiences since it was first published in 1837. Like so many other traditional fables before it, Hans Christen Andersen’s tale of a young Mermaid willing to give up her life for a human soul has been co-opted by the multi-headed Satan that is Disney. It is almost impossible for modern audiences to hear the ...
01.14.2010 | | Posted at 06:40 AM

Auditions for Brendan early next month.

By Russ Bickerstaff
UW-Washington County’s theatre department is looking for actors for its spring production of Ronan Noone’s Brendan. The comic drama about an Irishman who has moved to Boston. Brendan’s settling into his new lifestyle west of the Atlantic, but he’s also having to deal with the ghost of his late mother passing judgment on his decisions and host of other concerns. The play, which debuted in ...
01.13.2010 | | Posted at 06:19 PM

Mark Lundholm Comes To UW-Whitewater

By Russ Bickerstaff
Judging from what’s available online, Mark Lundholm fits somewhere between genres as a spoken word performer. The man who has appeared on Showtime and Comedy Central carries himself somewhere between a traditional stand-up comic and a motivational speaker. There’s also a hint of something else—a genuine love of the language that seeps its way into his diction and word choice that fits more p...
01.12.2010 | | Posted at 05:51 AM

Sunset Playhouse’s, “Rumors,” Open For Actors

By Russ Bickerstaff
� The name Neil Simon has become something of an automatic punch line in the younger crowd of Milwaukee theatre people. The playwright who was so popular .in the middle of last century continues to have appeal all over the country, but with so many contemporary comic playwrights providing such life to contemporary theatre, Simon seems a bit antiquated and out of touch. In spite of this, ther...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Rebecca Nagle and Eat The Mystery Come To Cream City Collective

By Russ Bickerstaff
Those people touring on the fringes of mainstream theatre can be kind of difficult to follow. Too busy pumping their lifeblood into their traveling performances, their appearances in town are rarely heralded by any kind of advanced press release. Thankfully, the next show coming to town has been announced well over a week in advance and it looks like fun. Rebecca Nagle brings her show A Do...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

William Knowles at the Stackner

By Russ Bickerstaff
Over the years of seeing shows at the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret, I’ve come to appreciate the work of William Knowles. That quiet, charismatic guy at the piano makes it to the stage of the Stackner Cabaret for his seventh time these next two months, appearing pianist/musical director of its latest production—Roz White's Pearl Bailey . . . By Request. The set-up of the band at the Stackner usual...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Milwaukee Rep’s Yankee Tavern

By Russ Bickerstaff
Steve and Susannah Barnes’ set for the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Yankee Tavern captures the feel of a whole in the wall bar in Manhattan. With a light haze pumped into the Quadracci Theatre adds to an overall grunginess of a bar that appears to have moved through the decades picking up and discarding various bits of decoration over the years. In characteristically good performances, Br...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Sunset Playhouse brings the Bob Walton/Jim Walton Musical To Elm Grove

By Russ Bickerstaff
The standard American musical is a campy, stagy affair that makes almost anything seem completely absurd. Given the right treatment, waiting in line at the DMV, shopping for groceries or even doing one’s taxes could be transformed into a quite successful Broadway musical complete with huge sets and massive song and dance routines. If only Broadway could take a brief pause from its obsession with...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks Stages Shakespeare’s Sonnets

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bird enthusiasts and theatergoers probably have a lot more in common than I would care to analyze. That being said, I though t it was kind of interesting that birders painstakingly look after something called a “life list”—a list of species they’ve seen in the wild over the course of their lives. Kind of reminds me of a similar list I’m personally keeping track of—all the Shakespeare ...

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