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09.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:40 AM

Four Places: Next Act's Dazzlingly Small Canvas Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
This weekend has been a study in contrast for me. Friday night, I saw the Rep’s reasonably massive production of Cabaret. Last night I saw a very minimalist, realistic, straight-ahead drama with Next Act. And I ended up preferring the Next Act show. There’s a kind of purity in seemingly simple drama that holds a kind of stage reality that’s far more electrifying than any visual or musical ...
09.16.2010 | | Posted at 05:51 AM

Its A Big Weekend For Local Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife called me late yesterday afternoon and mentioned that there were a couple of Cabaret actors in full period costume crossing the street in the downtown theatre district. It�s a busy week for local theatre. That sort of thing is going to be happening quite a lot over the course of the next couple of weeks. This week: five prominent openings. Her�e's a quick list: September 16th:   At 7:30 ...
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...
05.15.2010 | | Posted at 11:59 AM

The Milwaukee Rep’s Summer Masters Classes

By Russ Bickerstaff
This past Thursday, The Milwaukee Rep sent out a press release about its upcoming summer masters classes. The 2010 Summer Theatre Conservatory runs July 12th – 24th. The intensive two-week course ends up running like a regular full-time job with classes running from 9:30 am to 5pm Monday Through Friday for two straight weeks. Open only to drama teachers, high school and college students, the c...
05.04.2010 | | Posted at 07:04 PM

The Second Milwaukee Rep Resident Actor in Two Years To Be Awarded Fellowship

By Russ Bickerstaff
July 11 – 18th, Milwaukee Rep Resident Actress Laura Gordon joins 9 actors from around the country in a series of master classes at Ten Chimneys this summer. It’s quite an honor, but it’s really no surprise. Gordon is a talented and accomplished actress soundly deserving such an honor. Last year the Milwaukee Rep’s Lee Ernst was awarded the honor in the Inauural Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship....
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Theater Review

Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak is Joseph Hanreddy’s original new take on the classic mystery comedy Seven Keys to Baldpate. The final production of Hanreddy’s 17-year tenure at Milwaukee Repertory Theater...
03.28.2010 | | Posted at 01:13 PM


By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Rep’s Seven Keys To Slaughter Peak is everything one would expect it to be. Exiting Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy’s final show at the Rep’s helm is a solidly entertaining comedy thriller. Hanreddy, who has helped maintain the Rep through 17 seasons, directs a cast he’s worked with for years with a script he’s written. Very few people in local theatre have this kind of ...
03.27.2010 | | Posted at 08:45 PM

A Night At The Rep On A Budget

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife and I found ourselves sitting in the Milwaukee Rep�s  Economy Orchestra seats at the Quadracci last night. The show was clearly a big hit with the nearly sold-out opening night audience, I was actually a little disappointed with The Seven Keys To Slaughter Peak--Joseph Hanreddy�s final show as Artistic Director. I�ll take the time to get into why tomorrow. By and large, this is a fun co...
03.22.2010 | | Posted at 06:43 PM

Two more productions of the classic musical on the horizon.

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s one of the few musicals I’ve ever really loved. The relatively dark musical tragedy Cabaret made quite an impression in its most recent local appearance—a very intimate production at the Cartye Blanche Studio Theatre that debuted only a little over a year ago.  A big stage feel with elaborate costuming, a big orchestra sound and all the trappings of a very extravagant musical were co...
03.18.2010 | | Posted at 05:13 PM

And sometimes it takes a man tap dancing in drag

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s always difficult to tell what’s going to draw an audience into a performance. That complex dynamic between the audience, the performers and the material they are performing can be kind of difficult to bring into focus. The right kind of energy can be difficult to come by. The performance dynamic at the Rep's Stackner Cabaret last night was kind of interesting. The St. Patrick’s Day ...