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Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

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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...
04.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I recently received the promo images for the upcoming season closer for the Boulevard Theatre. Stations of the Cross is one of those ideas that sounds so simple and promising that it’s kind of surprising that no one thought of it before. Opening April 28th, it’s a series of monologues detailing different aspects of the life of a waitress. The stories are patterned after the 14 stations of the ...
04.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  There’s a forecast for snow tomorrow. Eerie, plastic decorative Santas still lurk outside a number of houses on my side of town. In spite of the lingering signs of winter, I’m still thinking ahead to summer. As the theatre season winds down, I am looking forward to summer theatre. And looking forward to scheduling for the coming summer, I can’t help but notice that the American Players ...
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

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Shakespeare makes murder look so simple: a brief meeting with the apothecary, an exchange of poison and it's on to the next scene. In the drama Going to St. Ives, Lee Blessing takes an in-depth look at the interaction between conspirators before and after a political assassination. Beginning this week...
Monday, Sept. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Next Act Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

The Next Act Theatre attempts to capture the life of a legend in its latest production, Lombardi: The Only Thing, a biographical play about the seminal Green Bay Packers coach. Revised by playwright Eric Simonson, the play ranges from comedic and dramatic to factual and fantastic. Set in a crucial time for the coach, it’s mostly...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Next Act Theatre - 8 p.m.

The Next Act Theatre attempts to capture the life of a legend in its latest production, Lombardi: The Only Thing, a biographical play about the seminal Green Bay Packers coach. Revised by playwright Eric Simonson, the play ranges from comedic and dramatic to factual and fantastic. Set in a crucial time for the coach, it’s mostly realistic, but it also features an imagined conversation between Lombardi, his father and JFK...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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Lombardi: The Only Thing, a biographical play about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, debuts at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre on Sept. 11. Playwright Eric Simonson recently revised the script, which premiered in Madison last year. Next Act worked closely with Simonson to amplify the show's impact, says Lombardi director Edward Morgan.

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