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12.06.2010 | | Posted at 05:41 AM

The Milwaukee Reps A CHRISTMAS CAROL rolls into its 35th Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Rep�s 35th annual production of A Christmas Carol is a bit bittersweet. With things being taken in a new direction with the Rep, the Resident Acting company that populates the production has fallen from prominence. Shows Like Liberace!� Bombshells, Cabaret and My Name Is Asher Lev are all reasonably enjoyable in their own right, but theatre comes from a sense of community and those...
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Theater Review

It’s tough for any actor to capture the attention of the audience for the duration of a one-person show, but Australian actress Caroline O’Connor holds her own in the Milwaukee Rep’s staging of Bombshells. Written specifically for O’Connor by Joanna Murray-Smith, Bombshells is a series of monologues delivered on an attractive set by Richard Hoover...
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

Theater Review

Liberace is an empress among the queens of gay icons. Yet his talent as entertainer and pianist outranked them all. Liberace did not view himself as a campy performer. His famously glitzy accoutrements were intended only as self-parody. With Liberace, the Milwaukee Rep’s remarkable world premiere at the Stackner Cabaret, Artistic...
11.18.2010 | | Posted at 04:37 PM

Opening this weekend, experimental post-Shakespeare, a classic musical, a bio musical and a classic contemporary drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
One of the last weekends before the old, familiar holiday shows begin to open, the next few days feature kind of a strange mix of different theatre openings beginning with tonight’s post-modern Shakespeare deconstruction . . .   8pm, November 18th –Tonight, Theatre Gigante opens The Lears—an attempt to look at the old Shakespearian Lear tragedy from a fresh perspective. Based on King Lea...
10.03.2010 | | Posted at 11:35 AM

The Rep’s First Stiemke Show of the Year Seems To Contemplate A Theatre Of Absence

By Russ Bickerstaff
The immensity of the empty space is apparent the moment one walks into the Stiemke Theatre. Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet punctuates a largely undressed stage with a few old picture frames. The floorboards come together at strange angles. There’s a window. The lights fade. The show’s three actors appear onstage and the show begins. The Milwaukee Rep’s first of two shows at the Stiemke Studi...
09.30.2010 | | Posted at 05:23 PM

Three Shows Open In The First Two Days Of October

By Russ Bickerstaff
The first official month of the season over and done with, the Milwaukee Theatre opens three shows in two days. Here's a look: On October 1st At 8pm, Renaissance Theaterworks opens Reasons To Be Pretty—a look at the cultural obsession with a very narrow perspective on human beauty. The dark, comic drama is written by Neil LaBute, who also wrote the attractive/unattractive contemporary romance ...
09.27.2010 | | Posted at 04:18 PM

Laughing Without The Audience at the Rep's LAUREL AND HARDY

By Russ Bickerstaff
I had kind of an odd experience at the Milwaukee Rep�s Laurel and Hardy  last night. There's a point in the show where the two share a soda. I'd never seen the bit before, but I anticipated the punch line well before it was uttered. The audience laughed. I didn't. Even though I saw the punch line coming and didn't laugh, I felt a sense of satisfaction at the fact that the joke, which is ...
09.26.2010 | | Posted at 11:41 AM

Three Milwaukee Companies Participating in National Free Theatre Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Theatre Communication Group’s Free Night Of Theatre offers potential theatergoers all over the country to see live performances. This year’s October 14th Free Night offers audiences a chance for those who wouldn’t normally spend money on local live theatre to see what they might be missing. Local Milwaukee theatre groups involved in the program have a chance to dispel some of the misc...
09.22.2010 | | Posted at 05:30 AM

Five Comedies Open This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
September continues unabated. And as September continue, September continues to be busy. Five shows open this weekend and they�re all comedies. Here�s a look at some of the theatre openings that lie ahead:   THURSDAY THE 23RD   Cart Blanche Studios presents the classic Shakespearian farce The Taming of the Shrew in a production that opens on Thursday. Michael Keiley and Liv Mueller play unlike...
09.18.2010 | | Posted at 11:42 AM

Though flawed, the Rep's CABARET is far better than anything Broadway has pushed through town in the past year.

By Russ Bickerstaff
From the moment one steps into the Quadracci Theatre, it’s apparent that the show is going to be very, very big. Strings of lights rush out from the stage into the audience. Milwaukee Rep Artistic Intern Ensemble members mill about the place in full costume in full character. A vague haze clings to the air. There’s been a concerted effort to make the entire place feel like Berlin in the 1930...