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03.17.2010 | | Posted at 06:52 PM

The Milwaukee Rep Presents a Staged Reading At The Popular Tourist Destination

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife keeps suggesting that we go to Ten Chimneys some time. The grand estate of golden age Broadway talents Alfred Lunt and Fontanne would certainly be interesting, but the $30 it would cost to tour the place always seems more than a bit prohibitive. Still, it might be nice some time . . . We almost certainly will not be able to attend the Ten Chimneys’ next staged reading. On Monday, Marc...
03.06.2010 | | Posted at 08:29 AM

The Reps RADIO GOLF a look back at the late 90s

By Russ Bickerstaff
By the time I�d made it to opening night of the Rep�s Radio Golf last night, I�d already sat in two different theatres for three different shows over the course of the day. I was a bit exhausted. I couldn�t�ve asked for a better show to end the day on. The Rep�s radio Golf is a really well-realized piece of contemporary political drama. It�s a bit strange going to a show at the Rep�s Stiemke Thea...
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

Theater Review

The Seafarer takes its title from an ancient English poem hearkening to man’s spiritual struggle for peace and endurance. The Milwaukee Rep’s new production comes courtesy of talented Irish playwright Conor McPherson, whose early years of alcoholism are not lost in this Irish morality play. Card-playing men at a whiskey-besotted Christmas Eve celebration...
02.15.2010 | | Posted at 11:51 AM

The Casually Supernatural Makes the Rep’s Latest Drama Memorable

By Russ Bickerstaff
I can’t imagine how many shows I’ve seen at the Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre. The quality at a Rep show has been pretty consistent over the years, which is great. The problem with a commitment to consistent quality is that all the shows sort of blur together over the years. Yes, I can remember dozens of distinct roles played by every resident acting company member and a number of oth...
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

Theater Preview

This February the Milwaukee Rep invites theatergoers to hang out at the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater to watch four Irishmen play poker with the devil, as it presents Conor McPherson’s contemporary drama The Seafarer. Judging from the cast, this should be a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theater. Lee Ernst plays Sharky, an alcoholic...
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Theater Review

On a Friday night in the deep of winter, the residents of the remote, fictional town in Almost, Maine let their love stories unfold, revealing how feelings of affection and attachment can swing from easy and uncomplicated to painful and confounding, and how wildly unpredictable the consequences of their actions can be...
01.17.2010 | | Posted at 01:54 PM

The Rep’s ALMOST, MAINE Cleverly Conjures Winter Romance

By Russ Bickerstaff
  As much as romance has been explored in drama and comedy onstage and screen over the years, it’s kind of surprising that there hasn’t been a prominent winter romance. Spring and summer, even autumn are often seen in romantic light. Winter gets the cold shoulder, which is odd considering the amount of interpersonal warmth people have to produce just to get through the season. It’s possi...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

William Knowles at the Stackner

By Russ Bickerstaff
Over the years of seeing shows at the Rep’s Stackner Cabaret, I’ve come to appreciate the work of William Knowles. That quiet, charismatic guy at the piano makes it to the stage of the Stackner Cabaret for his seventh time these next two months, appearing pianist/musical director of its latest production—Roz White's Pearl Bailey . . . By Request. The set-up of the band at the Stackner usual...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Milwaukee Rep’s Yankee Tavern

By Russ Bickerstaff
Steve and Susannah Barnes’ set for the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Yankee Tavern captures the feel of a whole in the wall bar in Manhattan. With a light haze pumped into the Quadracci Theatre adds to an overall grunginess of a bar that appears to have moved through the decades picking up and discarding various bits of decoration over the years. In characteristically good performances, Br...