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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ in Spring Green

 Life’s random cruelties drive the existential farce Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which opened last Saturday at American Players Theatre in Spring Green. But Tom Stoppard’s 1966 absurdist tragicomedy, based on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, owes more to Samuel
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
 As programming choices go, Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is either one of the easiest or most difficult to make. On the one hand, Hamlet has instant recognition. Everyone read it in high school
06.15.2012 | | Posted at 07:08 AM

Suitcase Shakespeare brings a truncated Hamlet to Lapham Peak State Park

By Russ Bickerstaff
We enter now into mid-June. A time when many of the larger, more established theatre stages in Greater Milwaukee are fully asleep dreaming of the season to come. These then are the days of outdoor Shakespeare. And there certainly is a great deal of it in the next couple of weeks.   As chance and circumstance would have it, there are three outdoor SHakespeare shows in the next three weeks. At mon...
06.03.2012 | | Posted at 05:39 AM

Summer Stage of Delafield welcomes Suticase Shakespeare's HAMLET

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Along with the couple of local productions of outdoor Shakespeare that make it to a  couple of different stages this month, there is a touring production of Hamlet that makes its way to the SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park.   Those touring with the show    The Suitcase Shakespeare Company prides itself on concision and brevet. Five actors being the story of the prince of Denmark to l...
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Some of the appeal of a show in an intimate studio theater lies in the simple pleasure of hanging out with charismatic people playing interesting characters. Such is the case with Windfall Theatre's production of David Davalos' Wittenberg...
02.20.2012 | | Posted at 08:47 AM

Windfall Theatre brings a fun little mutation of history to a fun little stage.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Windfall Theatre bring this Milwaukee Premiere of David Davalos’ Wittenberg to its cozy stage that month. On the surface, its kind of a simple intellectual comedy, but it’s a fun intellectual comedy. Three really good actors play three historical characters . . . .1 real—the other two kind of surreal. The idea that Dr. Faustus, Martin Luther and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark all knew each...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Billed as “tragical, comical, historical,” David Davalos' Wittenberg is an intellectual comedy with an edge to it. This month Windfall Theatre presents an intimate staging of the play, which is set on a university campus in the early 16th century...
08.26.2011 | | Posted at 09:26 AM

Fools For Tragedy's IN MY MIND'S EYE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Talented actress Stephanie Staszak opened the first door into the theatre. Equally talented stage actress Shannon Tyburski opened the second door. With this kind of talent opening the doors, it’s really no surprise that In My Mind’s Eye has a great cast. (Still would've been nice to see Staszak or Tyburski onstage, though.) This being a modification of Hamlet, the production has kind of a lar...
04.27.2011 | | Posted at 07:36 AM

A fresh deconstruction of Hamlet at the end of the summer

By Russ Bickerstaff
A local theatre critic once suggested that Shakespeare should only really be done by trained professionals. Right. The thing is . . . there'™s a kind of universal vitality to Shakespeare that almost begs for contemporary mutation. I want to see Shakesepare done by trained professionals, yes. I also want to see Shakespeare done by trained monkeys. I want to see Shakespeare done by mannequins on ...
04.15.2011 | | Posted at 01:06 PM

UW-Parkside is quadruplicating Hamlet

By Russ Bickerstaff
UW-Parkside is tackling its upcoming Hamlet in four pieces. Four characters play the tragic hero in a production that looks inspired by a Steampunk aesthetic. Two men and two women tackle the role—all at the same time. Playing the role of the title character are students Eva Balistrieri, Chad Bay, Sarah Dill, and Jon Finnegan. (These being students from outside Milwaukee, I’m not as famil...

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