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09.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse has announced that it will be holding open auditions for its production of Inspecting Carol—a comedy inspired by Gogol’s The Government Inspector. The Daniel J. Sullivan comedy is set in a Midwestern theatre preparing to put on a production of A Christmas Carol in the midst of news that its government funding has been cut. The theatre’s only hopes of survival rest in a ...
07.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a July 9th – 13th extended weekend of five shows in as many days, it was a bit strange going to my one opening of the weekend. (Other obligations have pulled me away from this weekend’s Uprooted show. I'm disappointed to be missing it.) The trip out to Elm Grove by bus found me arriving in Elm Grove roughly a half hour prior to the Sunset Playhouse’s  opening night of FAME—The Mu...
07.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
When a movie gets adapted into a stage musical, which is then turned into a musical movie, (The Producers, Hairspray, etc.) it kind of feels like the entertainment industry is eating itself—like big money is playing it so safe with its ideas that they’ve become inbred. But when a movie gets turned into a long-running TV series, then a stage musical, then gets adapted into a short-lived reality...
07.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove is getting set to start its new season. The opening show is a production of the Jerome Lawrence/ Robert Lee adaptation of the classic Patrick Dennis novel Auntie Mame. It’s the story of a young man who finds himself in the custody of an iconoclastic individualist with no sympathy at all for conformity. It’s difficult to imagine any stage adaptation of the nov...
05.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The end of the month is ahead and with it, the end of the traditional theatre season. It’s a strange time privy to a lot of odd traveling shows from out of state, at least one 24 hour play and a few other odds and ends. For those in the mode for something a little less offbeat—those interested in something a little more glossy and traditional who can’t wait for A Chorus Line to come to the M...
04.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Auditions announcements flutter into my email occasionally. Here are three upcoming auditions that sound promising: FAME—YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER (MAYBE) The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove is staging an upcoming summer production of the1988 David De Silva/ Jose Fernandez musical FAME. Based on the 1980 film and subsequent long-running TV series, the story follows a group of students at a New Y...
03.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’d arrived at the Sunset Playhouse a bit early. The show wasn’t set to start for another half hour, so I nestled into the lobby and waited with an MGD Lite from the concessons stand. The wall between both entrances to the Sunset’s Furlan Auditorium, usually filled with photos of cast and crew members, was largely blank. Their latest show is a production of the Bernard Slade romantic comedy ...
02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a weekend with five openings comes . . . a week with four more openings. Starting tonight there are another quartet of shows that will be opening their doors this week. Here’s a quick glance at what’s ahead for the weekend in theatre . . . SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM—The Boulevard Theatre continues its season with a production of a contemporary comedy about three mothers at a kids’ socce...
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

Theater Preview

In 1970, British playwright Michael Frayn was watching a production of a farce he had written about a dinner party in which two actors played all the roles. He was watching from the wings. Realizing that the comedy was funnier from this perspective, Frayn decided to write a farce set entirely backstage. Thus was born the 1982 classic Noises Off...
02.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In high school, I found myself acting in More Than Meets The Eye--  a dreary, dated stage comedy by the inexplicably prolific Vermont-based playwright Fred Carmichael. As I and several other high school students clattered through rehearsals of what we knew to be a pretty bad playin the spring of 1995, our director had mentioned being in a production of Noises Off, (I believe at Appleton’s At...

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