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07.15.2014 | 78 days ago | Posted at 10:41 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The World’s Stage Theatre Company entered July with a one-weekend-only staging of Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mix Tape by Nat Cassidy. A solidly well-rounded cast performed a series of comedic and dramatic shorts about love. Here’s a quick glance at the show.  The Bagel: In a comedic bit that sandwiched the rest of the shorts, Josh Walker and Marcus Beyer played a couple enjoying a break...
07.13.2014 | 81 days ago | Posted at 02:53 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) celebrates its three year anniversary this month. In local theater years that’s like . . . 30 years or something like that. The popular long-form musical improv show is easily one of the most impressive extemporaneous comedy groups in town with a real dedication to funny and a deep love for the American musical form.The third anniversary show opens a new phase in ...
07.12.2014 | 82 days ago | Posted at 02:45 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The mid-1990s musical Ragtime was an exploration into the lives of three different cultures in America at the dawn of the 20th century. The musical concerns itself with an African American family, a group of immigrants from Latvia and upper-class suburbanites.Divine Savior Holy Angels High School’s Community Theatre Works presents a staging of the musical this month that sounds impressive. With ...
07.11.2014 | 83 days ago | Posted at 01:25 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
First Stage’s summer Company Classes in Milwaukee and Oconomowoc are ending their four-week run. This classes broaden performance skills and deepen knowledge of theatre for kids in grades 9 through 12. This weekend both classes culminate in a couple of different performances at a couple of different locations.In Oconomowoc, the classes were working Sarah Ruhl’s modern re-telling of the myth of...
07.10.2014 | 83 days ago | Posted at 01:10 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Oconomowoc’s Theatre on Main is opening its production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice favorite Evita this weekend. The musical that brought the world Don’t Cry For Me Argentina has been around since it debuted as a concept album in 1976. The beloved musical about the famed First Lady of Argentina in the mid 20th century lends itself to a community theatre production this summer just as th...
07.09.2014 | 85 days ago | Posted at 05:41 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There are always strange, little impressions of a theater show that don’t quite fit into the narrative of a standard theater review. These ancillary details are particularly numerous in shows that are staged outside the conventions of a traditional theater space. Staged as it is in and around an old barn, the Quasimondo’s production of Animal Farm is flooded with these little details that add ...
07.08.2014 | 85 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee-based director Leda Hoffmann is clearly having a lot of fun with The Comedy of Errors. The production she is directing as it is being staged with Door Shakespeare in Bailey's Harbor. That fun is kinetic enough to transfer to the stage in the intimate outdoor theater in Door County. The trees and their leaves serve as much of the set of the outdoor space with only a couple of constructed ...
07.07.2014 | 87 days ago | Posted at 04:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Musical theater legend Tim Rice has written this musical about the classic 1951 novel From Here To Eternity. It’s the story of illicit romance in the army just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor that ushered-in U.S. involvement in World War II. The musical has been a big hit on West End. Just a few months prior to its 2015 debut on Broadway, a couple of performances in London were filmed. They ...
07.06.2014 | 88 days ago | Posted at 02:50 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A couple of companies are hosting open auditions for the coming season this fall.Theatre Unchained is staging the Milwaukee premiere of The Addams Family Musical. Director John Baiocchi is looking for 10 men and 10 women for the intimate studio theater production of the musical. Auditions are Jul 14 and 15 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The show runs Sept. 12 - 28.There are no appointments. Simply show-up...
07.05.2014 | 89 days ago | Posted at 02:48 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theatre Unchained moves into the summer with Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party. The 1960’s beach movie parody was originally given the title Gidget Goes Psychotic, but the title was changed due to obvious concerns over copyright. That original title may have been the perfect description of the play. Cheesy, kitschy beach fun gets disrupted by psychotic horror comedy. It’s a fun show. Perfec...

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