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07.17.2010 | | Posted at 09:05 AM

Sunset Playhouses 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...
07.15.2010 | | Posted at 07:21 AM

Auditions Announced for the Sunset Playhouses Production of a Steve Martin Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Carl Sternheim could�ve been seen as sort of a German mutation of Oscar Wilde. His plays picked ever so gently at the moral sensibilities of an emerging middle class. A century or so ago, he wrote a Die Hose �a farce involving a woman seen in her undergarments. The play was revised as recently as 2002 by intelligent comedian Steve Martin in The Underpants. Deborah Staples starred in a Milwauke...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Also: Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship’s concluding performance

It’s been more than 40 years since Hair debuted Off Broadway, but the musical remains popular due to a steady stream of productions over the years. Last year’s Broadway revival further increased the demand for this enduring musical about the counterculture of the tumultuous 1960s. Within a month of the...
06.29.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 AM

Two Musicals in Two Suburbs In Two Weeks

By Russ Bickerstaff
July 16th: A production of Hair opens at the Sunset Playhouse In Elm Grove. July 22nd: A production of Hairspray opens with Greendale Community Theatre in uhh . . Greendale

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06.05.2010 | | Posted at 09:44 AM

An Impressively Entertaining Evening in Elm Grove

By Russ Bickerstaff
As contemporary farces go, Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies is pretty nondescript. Two down-on-their luck actors find themselves impersonating long, lost female relatives of a dying woman in order to obtain an inheritance. In the process of doing so, they begin to fall for a couple of girls and things begin to get a bit complicated. With passages and overall style loving lifted directly from Shakes...
05.24.2010 | | Posted at 07:05 AM

Sunset Playhouse Announces Auditions of GASLIGHT REVUE

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove has announced that it will be holding auditions for its upcoming show Gaslight Revue. It’s a vaudeville-style variety show, which means that the Sunset is really looking for any kind of talent at all here. Comedians, dancers, singers and other specialty acts are encouraged to audition. The press release asks those classic three questions asked of all aspiring ...
05.20.2010 | | Posted at 07:23 AM

The Sunset Playhouse Presents Nearly Forgotten Show Tunes

By Russ Bickerstaff
The process of writing a standard American musical is probably quite a bit more complicated than most people would like to know about. In any musical, just as there are songs that probably should�ve gotten cut that didn�t, there are those things that did get cut and didn�t deserve it. The Sunset Playhouse presents a program of songs that didn�t quite make it as it presents Prime Cuts�an evening o...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Auditions for Sunset Playhouse Production of the Popular Musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse recently announced an opportunity for local stage talent to become a part of Ray Jivoffs Hair. The Elm Grove Theatre Company will be launching a production of the pseudo-counter-cultural musical Hair guest-directed by the local musical theatre legend. The Director Education for the Skylgiht Opera Theatre, Jivoff is a seasoned professional who has appeared onstage numer...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Theater Review

Sunset Playhouse continues its season with an entertaining production of Neil Simon’s Rumors. Written in the ’80s, Rumors is a comedy set at an anniversary party for a couple that never actually appears onstage. This detail can be revealed since it has nothing to do with the rest of the comedy, which playfully toys with details of upper-class life played out as a classic mid-century farce...
04.19.2010 | | Posted at 07:59 AM

Comedy as Music On A Sunday Afternoon

By Russ Bickerstaff
As easy as it is to wince at the quaint and hackneyed comedy of Neil Simon, in the right frame of mind it can actually be kind of relaxing to see a style and rhythm of comedy that is as familiar as Simon’s. This is the experience I had sitting in a crowded Sunday matinee of Rumors in Elm Grove. Simon’s style of comedy, which gets its lineage from sitcom-style humor that goes back to the gold...