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04.21.2010 | | Posted at 06:16 PM

Michael Cotey On SPIRITS TO ENFORCE Pt. 1

By Russ Bickerstaff
Some time ago, Youngblood Theatre co-founder Michael Cotey Googled the words “superhero” and “theatre,” and ran across something by a playwright named Mickle Maher. Having read Maher’s script for SPIRITS TO ENFORCE, Cotey knew that this was going to be a very, very interesting project. With a dozen actors sitting down and facing the audience as characters in a call center, the challen...
04.20.2010 | | Posted at 07:15 AM

Milwaukee Multicultural Theatre Stages Shows at UWM

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Multicultural Theatre continues its mission to unite the various cultures that the city consists of through art this week as it presents M�A Collection of Mothers. The show, which debuted last year, makes it to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. This latest incarnation of the show makes it to UWM�s Union Ballroom West tonight as a combination theatre show and art exhibition. ...
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...
04.18.2010 | | Posted at 12:20 PM

Wisconsin Lutheran College Stages Arthur Miller Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a completely different end of my life, I recently made a business call to an out of state stranger. Not more than a few seconds into the conversation, the out of state stranger congratulated me for having a job. Before I could respond to this, there was a dial tone. What with the economy being the way that it is, I’m fairly certain that this sort of exchange is happening quite often these d...
04.17.2010 | | Posted at 07:11 PM

The Stage On The Other Side Of Popular Reality

By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Marketing Director Cara McMullin sent out an email to those attending last night’s opening night performance of The Sweetest Swing In Baseball. It warned of parking difficulties that usually go along with Gallery Night in the Third Ward—Milwaukee Chamber’s home at the Broadway Theater Center being deep in the heart of the third ward, parking was going to be parti...
04.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:20 AM

Off The Wall Theatre stages update of the Pied Piper story

By Russ Bickerstaff
In the past couple of months, a number of new plays by local playwrights have debuted on Milwaukee stages. A solidly entertaining thriller, Dale Gutzman�s new Off The Wall Theatre show, which opened last night, compares favorably with every other locally-written debut in the past couple of months. Far from brilliant or breathtaking, Guzman�s Hamlin is nonetheless an admirably ambitious concept com...
04.15.2010 | | Posted at 07:22 AM

Carte Blanche's STREETCAR opens next week

By Russ Bickerstaff
Being really strange, new and novel, Youngblood Theatre’s Spirits To Enforce (which opens next week) has been foremost in my mind going into this month, but there are a number of really good plays that have opened in addition to it. Next Act’s The Value of Names is hugely entertaining. (It continues through May 2nd.)Milwaukee Chamber’s The Sweetest Swing In Baseball opens this weekend wi...
04.14.2010 | | Posted at 08:33 AM

Hollywood to Broadway To Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
The latest touring Broadway production to roll through Milwaukee opened last night to an appreciative audience. One of the latest big, shiny musicals to make it out of Broadway and into the big, wide world, Legally Blonde is a nice little bit of business for motion picture company MGM. The film grossed $150 million worldwide when it was released in 2001. A few years later, MGM is owned by Sony a...
04.13.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 AM

Patrick Schmitz’s Latest Isotope

By Russ Bickerstaff
  It’s a very, very busy week ahead. There’s a big, fluffy musical coming to the Marcus Center. There's a one-weekend only staging of The Vagina Monologues. Dale Gutzman has a new show opening just down the street from it that sounds considerably darker. Milwaukee Chamber has a comedy that’s probably considerably darker than that opening at the Broadway Theatre center. The Sunset Playhouse ...
04.12.2010 | | Posted at 07:32 AM

Staging of Popular Ensler Show Staged to Benefit Sojourner Family Peace Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
Since it debuted over a deceade and a half ago, Eve Ensler�s The Vagina Monologues has secured its place in theatre history. Easily one of the more enduring theatrical contributions of the� 1990�s, the Vagina Monologues is regularly performed all over the country. The V-Day Nonprofit group, which has raised millions of dollars for women�s anti-violence groups through stagings of the monologues, br...