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10.20.2010 | | Posted at 12:19 AM

Staged theatrical comedy about theatre, the stage and comedy looking to cast in mid-December.

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Some time ago, Patrick Schmitz exhaustively interviewed an exhaustive number of people involved in local theatre. (75, actually.) It was research for an upcoming script about life in local, Midwestern theatre. Some time ago, there was a reading of said script which included rather intriguing performances by Alex Grindeland, Beth Lewinski and a few others. The script is evidently in some stage ...
10.18.2010 | | Posted at 08:34 PM

Sold-Out Local Show And Craigslist . . .

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bathed in the shadows of relative obscurity, local shows can be successful in a variety of different ways. There are quite a few different signs of success in local theatre. Nothing quite says it like a sold-out show. An entire run of a show being sold-out? Okay, fine, extend it, but what happens when a sold-out show also sells-out of an extended run?  Aaron Kopec’s Murder Castle has complete...
10.08.2010 | | Posted at 08:27 PM

Alchemist Theatre’s Intelligent, Provocative October Horror Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
The only new theatre show of the weekend welcomes a full-weekend of sell-out audiences. Alchemist Theatre’s Murder Castle: The Chronicle of H. H. Holmes opened a five-week run last night. All performances begin at 7:30 pm. The Alchemist website suggests that the show’s attendees show-up around 7 or 7:10 pm. An excellent idea—the play itself is Shakespearian in length, but the atmosphere in...
10.05.2010 | | Posted at 04:41 PM

Options for a theatrical Halloween Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
The month of Halloween brings with it an interesting mix of opportunities. Here are four different opportunities for the weekend of the 31st:   On The 28th, the Oriental Theatre kicks-off Halloween Weekend with a production of Angry Young Men’s Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show. George A. Romero’s classic public domain 1968 horror film is brought to life via muppet-style arm and head pup...
10.04.2010 | | Posted at 01:53 PM

Two Shows Open This Weekend: A Heart-Touching Drama In The Suburbs and A Horror Show On South K.K.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The month settles-down a bit this week with only a couple of shows opening this week. Honestly, they could not possibly be much different. Here’s a look: Opening OCTOBER 7th     MURDER CASTLE: THE CHRONICLES OF H.H. HOLMES The Alchemist Theatre continues its tradition of October Horror Shows based on late 19th century villains this week as it opens a brand new play about Herman Mudget A.K.A....
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...
08.28.2010 | | Posted at 10:40 AM

The Acro-Cats’ Entertaining Return to Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
    I remember reading a theory that stated that the domestication of the house cat was something of an unspoken agreement between both parties. Humans didn’t mind cats hanging around because they killed vermin that made life difficult for people. Cats didn’t mind being around people because the vermin that they fed on tended to be attracted to us and our food. Over the years, the relations...
07.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:37 AM

One Hour of Light Sketch Comedy and a Little More at the Alchemist Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Milwaukee native Nicholas Cialdini studied philosophy at Marquette. Now he’s writing comedy. Last night at the Alchemist Theatre, he opened production of Boomtown--a one-hour sketch comedy show. The single hour with no intermission passes quickly by with more than a few genuine laughs and more than a little sophistication. Subtitled “The Baby Boomer's Guide to Squandering a Century,” one...
07.09.2010 | | Posted at 04:20 PM

Bad Example Productions Debuts With Bradbury’s Stage Adaptation of His Most Acclaimed Work

By Russ Bickerstaff
New theatre company Bad Example Productions opened its first show last night—Ray Bradbury’s Faherneheit 451 at the Alchemist Theatre. A modest crowd turned out for the second dystopian drama to open at the Alchemist this summer. Stuffy Background Criticism In 1951, author Ray Bradbury wrote a short story set in a world where books were routinely rounded-up and burned by government officials ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alchemist Theatre hosts new theater company

Summer is an excellent time for newer theater companies in Milwaukee. Bite Theatre, Optimist Theatre and The World’s Stage all have produced shows in June. And now, on Thursday, July 8, another new theater company will debut with a daring production at the Alchemist Theatre. Bad Example Productions introduces itself with...

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