Theatre founder Char Manny marks her final production with the company in Steve
Martin’s 1993 work, Picasso at the Lapin
Agile. Her direction is superb and one easily perceives the chemistry and
sense of play between ensemble members who have collaborated frequently
It’s a really
fun premise: One of the 20th century’s most influential artists hangs out at a
French café with one of that century’s most influential scientific minds.
Somewhere along the line, the single most successful solo recording act in
history shows up to hang out as well in comedian Steve Martin’s hilarious Picasso at
There can be
purity and simplicity in a play about a woman, her husband and her lover. Given
the opportunity to breathe on an intimate studio theater stage, Harold Pinter’s
Betrayal has emotional gravity to
draw in an audience. Soulstice Theatre stages this gravity quite well in its
group of remarkably long-lived animated educational shorts gets another look
this summer as Soulstice Theatre presents a staging of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Directed by Jillian Smith and Char Manny, the
theater's nature as a highly social art form can mean delightful things for
plays focusing on social relations between characters. British playwright
Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water is
a compelling look at the
Playwright Steven Dietz opens Rocketman at a couple of very uncomfortable points in the life of its protagonist. As the play opens, the reluctant landscape architect is getting rid of everything he owns. His wife has left him for a guy named Kale. His daughter is sixteen years old. She will be cutting herself out of his life in a matter of time. Everything is falling apart. And Soulstice Theatre w...
Punks, Assassins and Existential Abstraction in September's First Full Weekend
By Russ Bickerstaff
The theatre season picks up its rhythm this week with three significant openings in Milwaukee. The first of the shows opens tonight at the Cream City Collectives on 732 East Clarke Street. World's Stage Theatre presents Fly Steffens' staging of Punkplay. . . the story of a couple of kids starting punk bad in a suburban wasteland of the '80's. The CCC is a cozy little space that's ...
The Boulevard Theatre's cozy studio space is perfect for the intimate comedies staged by Artistic Director Mark Bucher. The theater group opens its season Sept. 19 with the Midwest premiere of Yasmina Reza's Life (x) 3. It is precisely...
Self-referential musical theatre comes to Soulstice in late September
By Russ Bickerstaff
Self-referential art always runs the risk of coming across like a pair of mirrors facing each other. You can tell that the light is probably having a lot of fun bouncing back and forth between the two mirrors, but it isn't anything that is always terribly entertaining for an audience. Sometimes, though . . . sometimes the mirror turns in on itself and comes up with something beautifully whimsi...