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09.21.2014 | 131 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...
09.19.2014 | 133 days ago | Posted at 05:29 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little over a decade ago, a gentleman by the name of George Reinblatt sought out approval from Hollywood film director Sam Raimi and B action movie icon Bruce Campbell. What was he looking to get approved? A stage musical adaptation of the Evil Dead trilogy. I can’t decide whether it’s surprising or not  that he actually got the clearance to go ahead with the project. The rock musical w...
09.18.2014 | 134 days ago | Posted at 05:26 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It sounds like a very depressing drama. A guy finds his baby daughter deathly ill. So he withdraws from friends and family. His daughter dies so he slips into alcoholism. Then there’s the auto accident. Actually, however, it’s an uplifting drama called Sleepwalking by Sean Gaffney. In February of 2013 a production of the drama was staged by Morning Star Productions. This week a production of t...
09.17.2014 | 135 days ago | Posted at 05:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Wisconsin Premiere of The Addams Family Musical is a sparklingly sharp and intimate evening of musical theater. Theatre Unchained manages to pack quite a lot of production into its tiny space with the darkly comedic musical theatre tribute to a group of characters that originated as a New Yorker comics series, moved to TV and made a hit in Hollywood in the 1990s before the musical debuted onst...
09.16.2014 | 136 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I realize that it’s a classic of horror cinema, but I could never get into Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Carrie. Maybe it’s the fact that Sissy Spacek just didn’t feel right in the role for me. Or maybe it’s the fact that I really don’t like the overall aesthetic of most 1970s horror movies. In anticipation of the upcoming local musical production of Carrie I recently watche...
09.15.2014 | 137 days ago | Posted at 04:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
UniverSoul celebrates 20 years in existence with a performance a tour that comes to town this month. The multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts makes it to the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis Sept. 17 - 21. What had started as a dream to put together a single evening of entertainment for a full family continues into its third decade with ...
09.14.2014 | 138 days ago | Posted at 03:36 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This October, Old World Wisconsin hosts all three installments of rising actress/playwright Liz Shipe’s Sherlock Holmes trilogy. Originally stage in the historic Brumder Mansion in three distinct stagings, Old World Wisconsin will be staging all three in consecutive weekends.Shipe wrote and directed the series, which is being stages with nearly everyone who appeared in the original cast. The two...
09.13.2014 | 139 days ago | Posted at 05:48 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The weekend of Oct. 10 is going to be very, very busy with openings. I’ve been trying to negotiate my own personal schedule to see a couple of shows. This is one that I really hope that I can make time for.On a very busy week, Theatrical Tendencies opens its staging of the contemporary romantic drama Next  Fall. The Geoffrey Nauffts play debuted in 2010. The Theatrical Tendencies production...
09.12.2014 | 140 days ago | Posted at 05:45 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while back, there was an immersive dramatic storytelling experience that settled into the Charles Allis Art Museum. The opening of UNIS: The Origin of the Unicorn was a presentation of a new art exhibit featuring actors in character talking about a fictitious Unicorn expedition that they went on. The art show has run its course and the actors are returning for a repeat presentation as the...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Shepherd Express Arts Guide covers the entire fine arts season, September 2014 through June 2015. Longtime readers of our local arts coverage won’t be surprised at the number and diversity of performing arts groups in Milwaukee or the museums with regular visual arts