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10.01.2014 | 58 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In just a few days, Shakespeare Raw will be staging a what may prove to be a fast and loose version of Macbeth at the beginning of next month. 20 actors play 20 parts in an unrehearsed production that is also advertised as involving a “$#!+ton of booze.”Sounds like fun. The show runs Oct. 6 - 8 at the Best Place in the Historic Pabst Brewery on 901 W. Juneau Ave. Admission is $10 or $5 for t...
09.30.2014 | 59 days ago | Posted at 08:25 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This March the Cream City Theater introduces itself to the local theater scene with its first-ever production. The brand-new theater company (founded earlier this year by Katherine and Steve Beeson) will be staging a production of the classic drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The new company is looking to cast for the roles of George, Martha and Honey. Auditions for the production will be hel...
09.29.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 06:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s not just a matter of being ethnically insensitive. NFL’s Washington “Redskins” sounds horribly out of date. They should try something more menacingly contemporary. Like the Gridlock. (Nothing stops the Washington Gridlock.) Or maybe the Insiders. How sinister would it sound to be facing off against the Washington Insiders?Anyway...on Monday, Nov. 3, the Milwaukee Rep is hosting An Ins...
09.28.2014 | 61 days ago | Posted at 06:20 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It must be very strange touring as someone else. There’s a guy who does Twain. He travels around the country performing as Mark Twain. That must be a weird life. There are people traveling around to places they’ve probably never been pretending to be people they’re not for one-person stage performances. There are probably hundreds of people circulating about the country like that. Weird.Th...
09.27.2014 | 62 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next month, Potowatomi Hotel & Casino plays host to an extended run of an off-Broadway show for the first time. It’s kind of an interesting milestone for the Northern Lights Theater. The theater has been around for a long time. In over 10 years of covering 800+ shows in Milwaukee I’ve never once been to the Northern Lights. Visiting acts come in and perform there regularly, but it’s not ...
09.26.2014 | 63 days ago | Posted at 04:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In 1980, Irish playwright Brian Friel wrote Translations. It was a three-act, “about language and only about language,” that actually dealt with a lot of issues involving communication and cultural imperialism. The original production was staged in Northern Ireland 24 years ago. The cast included a younger Liam Neeson. It was performed amidst the conflict that was  present in Derry, Nor...
09.24.2014 | 65 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In the years to come, online video just might become indispensable in promoting upcoming local theater shows. There are bound to be a lot of soft-sell approaches that have more to do with image than they do the actual show that’s being promoted. These can be really cool if they’re done right but they can be really confusing if they’re not. (I understand that’s the performer in front of a b...
09.23.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 03:33 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Four young working-class people struggle with increasing dissatisfaction in dead-end lives and increasing dissatisfaction with each other in Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty. The third part of a contemporary thematic exploration of the modern-day obsession with the superficial signifiers of identity, the comedy follows The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. The play, which debuted in 2008, (and subs...
09.22.2014 | 67 days ago | Posted at 05:38 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s always nice to hear about an upcoming show in an intimate venue. Later-on it’s nice when the show in question happens to feature really good actors. If it also happens to be a world premiere, that’s kind of a bonus. Only recently did I get formal word on further details on Windfall Theatre’s upcoming world premiere of Identita. Written by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professional...
09.21.2014 | 68 days ago | Posted at 05:35 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was likely seen as being incredibly revolutionary when it made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1966. Now the existentialist look at the lives of two hopelessly doomed minor characters from Hamlet is pretty standard fare that’s found stages in colleges, universities and community thea...

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