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04.11.2010 | | Posted at 04:20 PM

Light, Easy Comedy North Of The City

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium is big. Really, really big. This is interesting to note as it is the home of venerable local community theatre group The Bay Players. Smaller-budget productions are usually placed on smaller stages, but the Bay Players have been blessed with a really spacious performance space. On walking into the hall being used as the lobby, The Bay Players’ director R...
04.10.2010 | | Posted at 07:17 PM

Next Act and Youngblood Welcome Playwrights

By Russ Bickerstaff
Late last month, The Boulevard Theatre opened the Midwest premiere of It’s Your Mother with a pair of performances attended by the show’s playwrights Durante & Tuxill. It was interesting seeing the show knowing that they were in the audience and their attendance at the talkback added an interesting dynamic to the evening. Boulevard Theatre’s It’s Your Mother runs through May 9th. This m...
04.09.2010 | | Posted at 06:53 PM

Jerry Levy Brings One-Man Show to Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
As is the case with any of the more iconic figures of the 20th century, it is very difficult to imagin Karl Marx as a normal person in “real life.” The every day life of one of the more influential thinkers of the last century gets examined in Howard Zinn’s Marx In Soho. Howard Zinn is a captivating writer and it shows in the plot of the play. The premise is a lot of fun. Marx has petitioned...
04.08.2010 | | Posted at 07:12 AM

Two jobs available in theatre in Elm Grove

By Russ Bickerstaff
In what optimistic eyes could see as evidence that the economy is turning around, a couple of job openings in local theatre have recently been posted. The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove� recently announced a couple of jobs in their office. And since such work usually goes generally unnoticed, I will take a little bit of time here to pay tribute to the people who will eventually go on to perform t...
04.07.2010 | | Posted at 07:04 AM

Bay Players open a two-weekend production of classic farce

By Russ Bickerstaff
� Amidst the far better-funded professional theatre groups celebrating anniversaries this season, it�s a bit surprising that I haven�t had the presence of mind to mention much about the 60th anniversary season of venerable community theatre group The Bay Players. Raymond Bradford directs a production of the Ken Ludwig comedy Lend Me A Tenor. Set in the Midwest in the 1930�s, the popular farce a...
04.05.2010 | | Posted at 08:30 AM

Local Comedy Group Celebrates The End of Its Firs Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
Local silent comedy group the M.U.T.E.S will be celebrating the end of its first year at the end of the month. The group, which does entirely silent comedy sketches in the style of old silent film shorts, welcomes Milwaukee audiences for its first anniversary celebration two weeks from this Friday at� the Alchemist Theatre. The Marvelous Unspeaking Troupe of Entertaining Scoundrels has been perf...
04.06.2010 | | Posted at 08:30 AM

Words On The Script Enter the Mind Via Familiar Voices

By Russ Bickerstaff
It�s always pleasant to have the opportunity to read bits of a script prior to opening night. Most of the bigger-budget shows come from established scripts . . . and even more contemporary scripts are usually available in some format from Google Books online. It isn�t the full script, but it�s usually a pretty good idea of what to expect from the complete play. I�d recently had the opportunity to ...
04.04.2010 | | Posted at 08:02 AM

Who They Are Based On How They Acknowledge The Audience

By Russ Bickerstaff
For a variety of reasons, Next Act’s new show the Value of Names has been a lot of fun to think about over the course of the next day. One of the more subtle aspects of the show that won’t make it into my print review this coming week is the production’s rather interesting use of the fourth wall for characterization . . . Written by Jeffrey Sweet, the play features three different characters...
04.03.2010 | | Posted at 09:22 AM

Next Act Opens Its Final Show At The Of-Broadway

By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre continues its consistently high standards as Robert Spencer, John Kishline and Kelsey Brennan star in The Value of Names.  The typically classy atmosphere at the Off Broadway Theatre for a Next Act opening was a bit bittersweet this time around. The Value of Names is the last Next Act show at the Off-Broadway theatre before Next Act moves to the Tenth Street Theatre on its way o ...
04.02.2010 | | Posted at 09:09 AM

Mark Bucher Directs the Midwest Premiere of A New Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the Midwest Premiere of Patricia Durnate and Betsy Tuxill’s It’s Your Mother.  (It’s a great title.) The show is a series of vignettes about mother/daughter relationships. It’s fun when it’s not being repetitious. Of Shorts And SpringtimeI love theatrical shorts in the springtime. There’s something pleasant about shedding the longer subject...