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10.15.2010 | | Posted at 05:51 PM

Jokes and sentiments looking for their proper places in casual sitcom energy.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The flyers taped to every door clearly let everyone know that they were in for a preview show. The Sunset Playhouse’s production of You Can’t Get There From Here opens tonight. The 1993 Pat Cook comedy is written very much like a vintage mid-20th century TV sitcom . . . a fact which is not lost at all on the production. There’s a different sitcom theme song between each scene. The solid co...
10.14.2010 | | Posted at 03:00 PM

Superhero Opera Reading At The Sunset on Halloween Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
A little over a year ago, Jason Powell’s sci-fi musical comedy Invader? I Hardly Know Her hit the stage of the Alchemist Theatre. The show featured some of the most offbeat, intellectually complex lyrics to emerge from the usually quite simple format of the American Musical. This October, Powell teams-up with the Milwaukee Opera Theatre to present a super hero musical comedy. Powel’s Fortun...
09.15.2010 | | Posted at 04:50 PM

Elm Grove Company Looking To Cast IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s difficult to imagine how future generations are going to view It’s A Wonderful Life. For better or worse, Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film has been viewed by countless people on countless TV’s since light was first cast through the original film 60-some years ago. The film’s immense popularity (and resulting ubiquity) has afforded the story of George Bailey that special place ...
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...
08.18.2010 | | Posted at 12:36 PM

Sunset Playhouse celebrates 50 years with GASLIGHT REVUE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Vaudeville was a huge, network of variety performances that proliferated in an era dominated by only one major broadcast medium. By the late 1920’s, Vaudeville had almost died out due to the proliferation of cinema. About twenty years after the fall of Vaudeville, a theatre opened-up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin that remains there to this day. The Sunset Playhouse rounds out its 50th anniversary s...
07.20.2010 | | Posted at 07:52 PM

Elm Grove Theatre looking for Patron Services Manager

By Russ Bickerstaff
� The Sunset Playhouse�in Elm Grove recently announced a office job available. The Sunset� is looking to fill the position of Patron Services Manager�immediately. This individual will have the pleasure of reporting directly to local theatre icon Jonathan West—the Managing Director of the theatre. True, the job isn’t actually a creative opportunity, but it sounds like relatively stress-free ...
08.10.2010 | | Posted at 07:09 PM

You Could get A Part In You Can’t Get There From Here

By Russ Bickerstaff
Set in a small town bed and breakfast, Houston playwright Pat Cook’s comedy You Can’t Get There From Here tells the story of a business that gets most of its clients from cars that have broken down. A tabloid reporter shows-up, possibly looking to expose the place and slowly falls in love with it. It’s been compared to the work of Frank Capra and it’s coming to Elm Grove. � The Sunset Pl...
07.17.2010 | | Posted at 09:05 AM

Sunset Playhouses HAIR

By Russ Bickerstaff
I think (I hope) I managed to do a pretty good job of writing a balanced review of Sunset Playhouse's�Hair for next week�s issue of the Shepherd. This in spite of the fact that I honestly don�t like the musical . . . but as easy as it is to dismiss a glossy, commercial Broadway adaptation of a raw, experimental culture late �60�s counter-culture, one has to respect the difficulty of the dichot...
07.15.2010 | | Posted at 07:21 AM

Auditions Announced for the Sunset Playhouses Production of a Steve Martin Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Carl Sternheim could�ve been seen as sort of a German mutation of Oscar Wilde. His plays picked ever so gently at the moral sensibilities of an emerging middle class. A century or so ago, he wrote a Die Hose �a farce involving a woman seen in her undergarments. The play was revised as recently as 2002 by intelligent comedian Steve Martin in The Underpants. Deborah Staples starred in a Milwauke...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Also: Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship’s concluding performance

It’s been more than 40 years since Hair debuted Off Broadway, but the musical remains popular due to a steady stream of productions over the years. Last year’s Broadway revival further increased the demand for this enduring musical about the counterculture of the tumultuous 1960s. Within a month of the...

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