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02.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s just three people talking. And they’re not even talking to each other. Somehow, three people delivering monologues in a studio theatre in Elm Grove can have an undefinable kind of compelling magic. If it’s the right three people performing the right three monologues, it's a lot more than just three people talking. Director Howard Bashinski manages impressive stage alchemy in K...
02.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
REMEMBER: IT’S AN OPENING NIGHT—NOT A PRESS JUNKETIt’s always an interesting crowd at the opening night of a Milwaukee Shakespeare show. Opening night of Twelfth Night was no exception, though it was taking place far from the heart of the theatre district. The Wilson Center was swimming in actors—more so than normally attend the average opening-night performance. During intermission, my wi...
02.05.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The exact pattern of elements that make for a pleasantly memorable trip to the theatre can be very, very precise. The exact mix of things that will emotionally draw-in an audience changes every night. The exact mix of things the will emotionally draw-in a critic are considerably different, not because the critic necessarily has any special set of skills that separates him or her from any other the...
01.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
That night they would end up exchanging clothing in a house in Riverwest. I was invited, but I didn’t make it. My wife’s sister Allison had invited us out to The Social to hang out with a bunch of people who looked disinterested in some mock approximation of fashionable East Coast chic. It was Friday, January 18th. I was a few steps out of synch with the Gallery Night environment just south of...
12.30.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s that time of year again—with all of the holiday shows winding-down, there are almost no openings between mid-December and mid-January. For someone who usually attends 2-3 theatre openings per week, this can feel like a pretty dramatic theatre vacuum. As one could probably imagine, that kind of attendance involves a lot of sitting around in theatre seats. What follows is a list of some of ...

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