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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

A comic riff on Hitchcock

 The Phantom Cicada Theatre Company delivers a solidly comic evening of outdoor theater at summer’s end as it presents The 39 Steps. Drew Brhel directs a cast of four playing a great many roles in a briskly paced send-up of the 1930s Alfred Hitchcock spy story. William Bolz manages the right amount of wry humor in the
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
The story of The 39 Steps goes back to 1915. Scottish John Buchan wrote the adventure while languishing in bed with an ulcer. The story was serialized in a British magazine. Twenty years later Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a film, considered one of his greatest early pictures. Seven decades later, a comic stage
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Next Act finds the heart of human connection

Stephen Massicotte's The Clockmaker is a delicate drama of narrative poetry. Events don't unfold in a linear fashion. They conform to a dreamlike logic of emotion that resonates through the heart of human connection. It's very, very difficult stuff to
07.02.2012 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

A theatre group in transition turns to a classic Shakespearian romantic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Last fall, Jerry Gomis and Suzanne Graff left Door Shakespeare. When two directors leave a relatively small theatre company, things change. And when a company is as appreciated as Door Shakespeare is, things don't collapse altogether. They shift, but they don't collapse.   And so it is that the largely outdoor summer theatre company in Door County returns to a two-show season this summer und...
10.15.2011 | | Posted at 11:56 PM

Renaissance Theeaterworks's Gorgons

By Russ Bickerstaff
Whenever two people are onstage, it’s never ust two people onstage. There are also two characters onstage—personas the the two people are wither consciously or unconsciously projecting at an audience. When the characters in question are also actors things get dazzlingly complicated. This is the big central thing I’ve fallen in love with in Renaissance Theaterworks production of Don Nigro�...
02.03.2011 | | Posted at 06:12 AM

Chamber Theatre brings MAURITIUS to Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
Everyone�s got a story something like this: When I was in 6th grade, I once sold a comic book for $200. I�d only paid $1 for it. This is, of course, totally absurd. Not nearly as absurd as spending all of that money on more comic books. Such is the foolishness of youth and the insanity of semi-professional collecting. It�s this type of insanity that is explored in a great deal of entertaining de...

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