Pink Banana Theatre stages a
production of a contemporary exploration into the nature of identity. In an
increasingly complex world of social networking, personality and desire have
become very liquid. Carlos Murrillo’s Dark
Play or Stories For Boys casts a
light into the fragmented world of a
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
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
The Old and New Testaments receive comic treatment from Phantom Cicada Theater and SummerStage in a production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the space at Next Act Theatre. Bo Johnson directs Nate Press, Emmitt Morgans...
It is said that real life mirrors art. John Guare's play Six Degrees of Separation, which opened last weekend at Sunset Playhouse, uses both as a starting point. Six Degrees is based upon a real account that began in 1983 with a smooth-talking...
When people take advantage of the ambiguity of identity at the expense of others, it can get positively revolting. Take the case of David Hampton, a man who passed himself off as the son of Sidney Poitier in the early '80s. Hampton conned money...
It’s not often that I have legitimate opportunity to mention Poet’s Monday in this theatre blog . . . but fortune has allowed me to mention it twice now in a one-week timeframe. (My wife and I met at the poetry venue, so there’s a soft place inside me for the long-running show.) My excuse fro mentioning it this time around may be a little bit more legitimate than the last time. Evidently D...
Theatrical Tendencies present brilliantly composed Douglas Carter Beane Comedy
By Russ Bickerstaff
Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed is a staggeringly well-balanced contemporary comedy that finds a remarkably well-executed production with Theatrical Tendencies at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center this month. David J. Franz plays Mitchell—a rising Hollywood star struggling with his sexuality. It’s difficult to play that sort of thing without over-playing it in gasping indie movie...