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03.10.2011 | | Posted at 05:39 PM

Thoughts on a production pic from Theatrical Tendencies’ CORPUS CHRISTI

By Russ Bickerstaff
I kind of knew going into this week that it was going to be kind of weird for me. I’d scheduled myself to see two different modern mutations of the basic story arc of the New Testament. Last night’s opening of UWM’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was kind of overwhelming. If you go see the show (and you probably should

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03.04.2011 | | Posted at 03:51 PM

Two different plays open in March looking at Judas and Jesus from a modern perspective.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and Judas Iscariot carries a lot of weight with some people. The two guys, if they did, in fact, exist in a traditional historical way beyond biblical texts, might have been suprized to find out that people would still be putting weight and significance on their relationship 2 thousand years later. Jesus was a political troublemaker. The Romans wanted hi...
10.28.2010 | | Posted at 07:26 PM

UWM’s latest production is a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek story of Medea

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s just so much white on UWM’s main stage. Sandra J. Strawn’s set is a big, gauzy winter affair with long, tattered white sheets. It may have been a bit cold last night, but the set made it feel substantially colder. I was there for UWM’s production of Marina Carr’s By The Bog of Cats. A loose, modern, Irish re-telling of the story of Medea, the show stars an electrifyingly earthy ...
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Art Review

“Conspicuous Consumption” at the UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery is part of the university’s “Food for Thought” series, which explores “how food connects us to the environment, our culture and to each other.” The show features the work of Patty Chang, Mark Menjivar and Milwaukee-based John Riepenhoff...
07.24.2010 | | Posted at 05:36 PM

Youngblood Theatres world premiere of Wilson's DRIVE ME TO ARSON

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � Friday night, the UWM Peck School of the Arts played host to the Youngblood blood drive for the Blood Centers of Wisconsin. Myself and thirty or so others donated blood in the hours leading-up to opening curtain of Benjamin James Wilson�s new drama Drive Me To Arson. The blood drive had no direct connection with the play, but Wilson�s somewhat gracefully surreal drama possesses the kind of s...
06.03.2010 | | Posted at 04:09 PM
By Nicole
A few weeks ago, UWM announced that Koonce had been placed on administrative leave for a personal matter and didn't elaborate. Now, Koonce officially resigned via a letter from a lawyer. The reason given is that his wife died in October and he is now the primary caretaker of their two children. Here's the J-S article on it...
05.08.2010 | | Posted at 11:39 AM

Rebecca Holderness Presents 5 free shorts On Monday Night

By Russ Bickerstaff
Warmer weather after winter tends to bring with it both the end of the traditional theatre season, replaced by a barrage of shorts programs. Pink Banana Theatre’s next short program is a couple of weeks from its May 21st opening. This coming Monday, UWM’s Rebecca Holderness presents a program of five shorts with Five Plays You Didn’t Know. The ephemeral nature of theatre is really amplifie...

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