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11.28.2010 | | Posted at 05:21 AM

Capra to the West, Seaton to the South—Cinematic Stage Adaptations Just Outside Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
� In 1946, RKO released possibly the only film ever to be based on a Christmas card. The short story The Greatest Gift, which appeared only in 200 Christmas cards the author sent to friends and family in the early �40�s. A film producer heard the story, resulting in a 1946 Frank Capra film It�s A Wonderful Life. Years ago the film was adapted into a stage play, which is now being produced i...
11.26.2010 | | Posted at 10:03 AM

Pretend To Be Ice Fishing Onstage . . . While Singing

By Russ Bickerstaff
Though thoroughly accepted as a perfectly valid way to acquire fish, most people think of ice fishing as more than a bit odd. Fishing in a wooden closet above a hole in the ice has been described with horror, admiration and, often, equal amounts of both. The appeal of the subject matter has caused Guys On Ice to become an immensely successful musical. The James Kaplan/Fred Alley musical made i...
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 Playhouse’s 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...