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07.16.2010 | | Posted at 08:37 AM

One Hour of Light Sketch Comedy and a Little More at the Alchemist Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Milwaukee native Nicholas Cialdini studied philosophy at Marquette. Now he’s writing comedy. Last night at the Alchemist Theatre, he opened production of Boomtown--a one-hour sketch comedy show. The single hour with no intermission passes quickly by with more than a few genuine laughs and more than a little sophistication. Subtitled “The Baby Boomer's Guide to Squandering a Century,” one...
07.09.2010 | | Posted at 04:20 PM

Bad Example Productions Debuts With Bradbury’s Stage Adaptation of His Most Acclaimed Work

By Russ Bickerstaff
New theatre company Bad Example Productions opened its first show last night—Ray Bradbury’s Faherneheit 451 at the Alchemist Theatre. A modest crowd turned out for the second dystopian drama to open at the Alchemist this summer. Stuffy Background Criticism In 1951, author Ray Bradbury wrote a short story set in a world where books were routinely rounded-up and burned by government officials ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alchemist Theatre hosts new theater company

Summer is an excellent time for newer theater companies in Milwaukee. Bite Theatre, Optimist Theatre and The World’s Stage all have produced shows in June. And now, on Thursday, July 8, another new theater company will debut with a daring production at the Alchemist Theatre. Bad Example Productions introduces itself with...
06.21.2010 | | Posted at 09:05 AM

Alchemist Theatre’s CLOSET LAND

By Russ Bickerstaff
I didn’t sleep well last night. It’s not often that a play can do that for me. Alchemist Theatre really lives-up to its name with its production of Closet Land. The script is solid, but not particularly brilliant. The acting is good, but not particularly inspiured. Somehow unremarkable elements come together to make something profoundl disturbing—emotionally affecting on a overwhelming leve...
06.13.2010 | | Posted at 11:14 AM

Optimist, Alchemist Carte Blanche and the Art Of The Image

By Russ Bickerstaff
In digital wanderings as Spring slides into fall, I’ve run into a few interesting promotional images for shows opening later on this week. Here’s what next weekend looks like in pictures so far: Opening Thursday, June 17th, is Carte Blanche Studios’ promising farce Out Of Order. They recently posted this line drawing on their website. Personally, I kind of like the ambiguity of a standard...
06.06.2010 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

An Evening With Sketch Comedy Group Broadminded

By Russ Bickerstaff
Earlier this summer, really really far away from Milwaukee, film producer Lorne Michaels released a $10 million comedy, which appears as though it will fall about $2 million short of breaking even. One does not have to go to that kind of trouble to entertain people with a couple of hours’ worth of comedy.�Comedy is people. Put the right people onstage--four particularly interesting women, for e...
06.01.2010 | | Posted at 07:29 AM

Alchemist Theatre presents a new show by a pair of Milwaukeeans Living In Chicago

By Russ Bickerstaff
Judging from what’s available on his website, self-described neologist Nicholas Cialdini is a prolific playwright with a charming sense of humor. His work plays with intellectual pop culture in a refreshingly innovative way. I say this without having seen any of his stuff actually staged, but that will soon be rectified, as Cialdini has a show opening here in Milwaukee. While we won’t get su...
05.29.2010 | | Posted at 07:40 AM

Alchemist’s CLOSET LAND Taps The Dramatic Appeal of Incarceration

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a few weeks, the Alchemist Theatre opens its production of Radha Bharadwaj’s Closetland.�Set entirely in a cell, the play follows the interrogation of a children’s book author (played by Jenna Wetzel) by a mysterious authority figure (played by Aaron Kopec.) The stage play is adapted by Bharadwaj from the screenplay of her 1991 film starring Madeline Stowe and Alan Rickman. It should be in...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theater Review

Georges Bizet’s Carmen, based on a novella by a largely unknown author, offers a convoluted plot that naturally lends itself to comedy. Local author/director Charles Sommers brilliantly delivers on this comic potential in Wisconsin Hybrid...
04.26.2010 | | Posted at 11:46 PM

Kopec and Company Looking To Fill Murder Castle

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � Jack The Ripper. David Berkowitz—the Son of Sam. The Hillside Strangler. The Zodiac Killer. The name Herman Mudgett doesn’t often come to mind along with names of the worlds most infamous serial killers, but the most prolific killers in history have very mundane names like Luis Garavito—Colombia’s “monster of the Andes,” and Dr. Harold Shipman—England’s “Dr. Death.” With a...

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