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06.14.2014 | 95 days ago | Posted at 04:42 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Whitefish Bay’s venerable Bay Players have a sharp season coming up on the other side of summer. The official announcement went out earlier this month. Among them is the work of a locally born playwright.Jay Presson Allen’s 1968 comedy Forty Carats. A 42 year-old real-estate agent falls in love with a 22 year-old man while on vacation. She returns to her life in New York only to find that he...
06.13.2014 | 96 days ago | Posted at 04:38 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Project 1 Voice is a national group that supports African American theater and playwrights. This year the group’s 1 Voice! 1 Play! 1 Day! project resonates through the nation with  numerous staged readings of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. As it is a series of poetic and very personal monologues, the drama lends itself remarkably w...
06.12.2014 | 97 days ago | Posted at 04:31 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Dog Sees God is playwright Bert V. Royal’s look at a post-modern post-Peanuts Charlie Brown gang. It’s been a long time since the strips and the characters are all teenagers now. Things are considerably more complicated than they were when they were kids. You can imagine the dark permutations. Snoopy has passed on. All that’s left is a bunch of people transitioning into adulthood.After seein...
06.11.2014 | 98 days ago | Posted at 04:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Outdoor summer theater opens in a big way this weekend in the greater Milwaukee area as a couple of notable productions open. Optimist Theatre’s staging of The Winter’s Tale at Kadish Park opens the same  weekend as Summerstage of Delafield’s outdoor production of Don’t Drink the Water. Director Brian D. Zelinski brings Woody Allen’s 1966 play to the outdoor stage at Lapham Peak Sta...
06.10.2014 | 99 days ago | Posted at 01:10 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Theater loves theater. Sometimes when theater loves theater onstage in the company of an audience, it can be a beautiful thing. This is the case with Soulstice Theatre’s production of Follies. Stephen Sondheim’s tribute  to love, life and the stage makes a graceful appearance in St. Francis this month. It’s a tribute to an earlier era of stage performance. Sondheim’s classy tribute to...
06.07.2014 | 102 days ago | Posted at 06:57 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer theater season is always an interesting mix of different elements. Next month a murder drama skulks onto one of the most intimate stages in town as Off The Wall Theatre presents Patrick Hamilton’s Rope.The 1929 British drama is inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder  case. On the sometimes shockingly small stage that is home to Off the Wall, Jeremy Welter and Mark Neufang star a...
06.06.2014 | 103 days ago | Posted at 07:54 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Local comedy groups are like local bands. There are new groups popping up all the time. Go to a show of an entirely new band and you’re likely to see a lot of people you’ve seen in... other bands.A new improv group has sprung out of people who are better known for work in other projects. Jacob D. Bach, who appears in Skylight’s Hair—one of the men behind T.I.M.-The Improvised Musical joins...
06.05.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 06:51 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The first Friday of the month approaches. For a certain undeservedly small segment of the local population that means another Dead Man’s Carnival show at the Miramar Theatre. One need not be a dead man to attend. And audiences can attend the show reasonably assured that there probably won’t be any dead men performing on the program. The variety act in question might come across as being misnam...
06.03.2014 | 106 days ago | Posted at 10:38 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play On Golden Pond is better-known for the 1981 film that was adapted from it. Granted, Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda put in really good performances in that film, but the story itself is a strikingly resonant dramatic story.Set in rural Maine, the family drama concerns an older couple who have become estranged from their adult daughter Chelsea. She brings visits thei...
05.30.2014 | 110 days ago | Posted at 06:13 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This summer Off the Wall Theatre presents a production of Sara Ruhl’s Late: A Cowboy Song. According to Ruhl, “"This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention." So is the play Ruhl ripping off or riffing off Tom Robbins? Probably not. Or at least not exactly. The author of The Clean House tries her hand at the story of a young marriage an...

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