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05.13.2011 | | Posted at 05:01 PM

Next Act Theatre hosting auditions for summer theatre for teens

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre will be hosting auditions this weekend for its Next Actors program. It’s a summer theatre program fro aspiring actors in high school. It’s a really interesting program . . . each summer Next Act hosts a six-week playwriting and performance program free-of-charge to a select group of Milwaukee teenagers of diverse cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The program runs ...
01.04.2011 | | Posted at 11:11 PM

The 21 Year-Old Theatre Company Officially Ready to Build New Space

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � I was really disappointed when I found out that the Off-Broadway Theatre was shutting down. Those at Next Act seemed to be keeping a pretty level head about it-knowing full well that they really needed to grow beyond the theatre anyway . . . they had their eye on developing an entirely new space. The plans for the new space—as developed by Quorum Architects, Inc., looked really ambitious. T...
12.04.2010 | | Posted at 01:22 PM

Next Act Theatre presents McGiverns holiday show at the Reps Stiemke Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
John McGivern seems to be glowing a bit more onstage this year than he has in the past. Fresh from winning a Midwest Emmy for The Early Stories, McGivern�s charming presence fills the space of the Milwaukee Rep�s Stiemke Theatre in another holiday show. McGivern�s Home For The Holidays is the latest in a series of holiday one-man shows presented by Next Act Theatre. In seasons past, the Next Act...
09.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:40 AM

Four Places: Next Act's Dazzlingly Small Canvas Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
This weekend has been a study in contrast for me. Friday night, I saw the Rep’s reasonably massive production of Cabaret. Last night I saw a very minimalist, realistic, straight-ahead drama with Next Act. And I ended up preferring the Next Act show. There’s a kind of purity in seemingly simple drama that holds a kind of stage reality that’s far more electrifying than any visual or musical ...
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Off the Wall Theatre kicks off its season Sept. 2 with a production of Charles Busch’s campy comedy Psycho Beach Party. Jeremy Welter directs the talented Liz Mistele and Dear Ruthie. A week later, the Sunset Playhouse goes in a less campy though similarly silly direction with Steve Martin’s The...
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

City hosts top-notch productions throughout the year

Milwaukee is a great theater town. Below is a guide to a dozen theater companies that offer four or more productions a year. Some shows will be serious, others whimsical, but all are worth consideration...
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Theatre Preview

In the years since it opened, the intimate stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre has served as countless locations. Now through the end of February, it transforms into a sort of afterlife in Next Act Theatre’s production of Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio. It’s a place the playwright envisions as “A white room. Austere. No decorations.” Staying true to the script...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Initial Thoughts on Next Act’s 7 Stories

By Russ Bickerstaff
The aesthetic of walking in to the Off-Broadway Theatre for the next several weeks is kind of interesting. You’ve parked or taken the bus just south of downtown to walk out to a really classy historical building. You walk through a lobby dominated by the scent of the Aveda hair salon on the ground floor, past a small display of 3-D artworks and up a set of stairs that climb to the second floor ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Four Comedies Open On The Edge of the Holiday Theatre Season

By Russ Bickerstaff
The local theatre season concludes its journey to the holidays this weekend. For me, this is the last great stop before the deceptively easy challenge of covering all of the holiday shows—quite a few of which are repeats of shows from previous years, including Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, Neil Haven’s Who Killed A Santa? and the Rep’s long-running production of A Chri...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
...Milwaukee's theater scene provides programming for tastes that run from classic to eclectic. The Milwaukee Rep features it all within its three spaces-the Quadracci Powerhouse, the more intimate Stiemke Theater and the Stackner Cabaret (featuring musical revues). Next Act Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre focus on character-driven plays. Then there's Boulevard Theatre, always giving a break to local talent thanks to Artistic Director/resident funny guy Mark Bucher. When it comes to children's theater, First Stage provides a wide variety of entertainment...