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09.09.2014 | 72 days ago | Posted at 05:10 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Early next month, the Falls Patio Players present Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. The Leslie Darbon adaptation of the 1950 crime novel features the beloved Miss Marple in a cozy residential setting. It was Christie’s 50th book. It was quite a success having been translated into a number of different languages. (In Norway it is known as An Invitation To Murder, which actually sounds od...
09.08.2014 | 73 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’m actually kind of proud of myself for not understanding the joke at first. It’s a stand-up comedy, sketch and variety show produced by women. (Lisan Wood and Liza Marie to be precise.) And it’s called The Ragtime Variety Hour. Took me a while to get the joke. Cute. And classy at the same time while still being vulgar. Unless of course I’m superimposing my own latently childish sense of ...
09.06.2014 | 75 days ago | Posted at 04:25 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It started-off as a one-panel comic strip in The New Yorker, but no one thinks of it like that. Years later it was the subject of a couple of feature films, but people don’t necessarily remember those as well either. The Addams Family is probably best-known as a TV series that aired from 1964 to 1966 before being immortalized through syndicated repetition. If you’ve seen even a couple of episo...
09.05.2014 | 76 days ago | Posted at 10:37 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Morning Star Productions presents a Milwaukee premier this month as it stages an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The script being used for the stage adaptation was written by acclaimed playwright Sir Terence Rattigan and legendary actor Sir Arthur John Gielgud. Normally I’m a bit suspicious of any attempt to put a complex, sophisticated episodic novel like A Tale of Two Ci...
09.04.2014 | 77 days ago | Posted at 04:23 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Soulstice Theatre had originally planned to open its season with a conversation bertween Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Instead they’re going to be getting something of a dialog between Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. The two fictitious semi-brothers from Betelgeuse and their human friend will are slated to replace fictitious representations of two very real physicists this m...
09.03.2014 | 78 days ago | Posted at 04:37 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The regular Milwaukee theater season begins to shift into its first full month this week. This weekend Co-Operative Performance Milwaukee opens its production of Don Russell’s adaptation of The Seagull from the second floor of the Grand Avenue Mall. One day after that opens on the second floor of the mall, there will be a comedy show performed in the basement of the same mall. Yes, this Friday o...
08.31.2014 | 81 days ago | Posted at 05:34 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I saw Jill Anna Ponasik at the Alchemist Theatre a while back. She was wearing a T-shirt with a colorful print on it. There on the front of her shirt heroic figures rendered by Mike Zeck were rushing forward out of somewhere in 1984. I was going to say hello, but she was kind of busy. She’s been kind of busy for a long time now. Since that production of Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirl...
08.30.2014 | 82 days ago | Posted at 06:32 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Windfall Theatre celebrates its 22nd season with two Milwaukee premieres and one world premiere.The season begins with the world premiere of Louise Zamparutti’s Identita Sept. 26 - Oct. 11. Here’s the description of the show from Brown Paper Tickets: “Set in 1994 in a small Italian village close to the border with Slovenia, the play is about Fabio and Vida, brother and sister who, as teenage...
08.29.2014 | 83 days ago | Posted at 08:30 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this coming May with a variety program showcasing local talent. The SMPAC website has some really excited text describing the event like this: “Don’t miss this world premiere of community driven theatre, vaudeville, comedy, music and ‘who-knows-what’ curated by you and other, like-minded patrons of the SMPAC communi...
08.28.2014 | 84 days ago | Posted at 08:19 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
SummerStage of Delafield rolls into the final weeks of summer with Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club. The peaceful outdoor seclusion of Lapham Peak State Park serves as a pleasant setting for a play about three women who visit the graves of their late husbands once a month. Things get complicated when a widower begins to visit the grave of his late wife in a comedy that lightly touches on some o...

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