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06.27.2011 | | Posted at 11:21 AM

Marcus Center’s CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES a contemporary musical theatre piece in the style of an old sitcom.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Written only less than ten years ago, Drew Jansen, Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke’s stage musical Church Basement Ladies is kind of an odd mid-twentieth century comic fugue. Set in 1965, the show feels a lot more like a radio sitcom from the ‘40’s or ‘50’s. For those with the right kind of comic sensitivity, it’s pleasantly disorienting in places. For everyone else it’s lightly in...
06.15.2011 | | Posted at 11:32 PM

The strange case of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

By Russ Bickerstaff
Fiddler On The Roof has instant name recognition. It’s one of the few American musicals that nearly everyone can visualize at the slightest mention of the name. The 47-year-old musical continues to leave an indelible impression on popular consciousness. In town this week, the touring Broadway production is likely one of presumed attendance for some in the area—the response to its arrival in ...
05.30.2011 | | Posted at 12:41 PM

Cast includes Jenny Wanasek, Norman Moses and Rhonda Rae Busch

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Based on the popular book Growing Up Lutheran, the musical Church Basement Ladies has a built-in appeal to those of a certain sect of Christianity. The comedy of a group of women who prepare meals in a church basement also has a very down-to-earth appeal to a group of theatergoers who rarely if ever see representations of themselves onstage. While the various production of the musical that hav...
04.05.2011 | | Posted at 05:40 PM

Engineering Difficulties at The Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts announced earlier today that it will be forced to temporarily suspend events currently scheduled for Uihlein Hall. Evidently, a complex mechanical system used to set-up components of the hall’s acoustic shell malfunctioned. The acoustic shell of the Uihlein Hall isn’t something most people think about when attending a show. It’s actually a fairly b...
03.28.2011 | | Posted at 06:45 AM

Surreal Tribute To The Human Nervous System Makes Its Way To The Marcus Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
  I rounded-out a very busy week (6 shows in five days) with a performance of the Peking Acrobats at the Marcus Center. It’s fun, brightly colored tribute to the human nervous system. When compared against the stunning variety of beauty inherent in the life of the planet in all its forms, the human body looks kind of crude and pragmatic. Given the right kind of stage and the right kind of pre...
03.14.2011 | | Posted at 06:53 AM

A bit of Dublin on the Milwaukee river

By Russ Bickerstaff
I'd heard it joked that Muslims would be much more accepted in this country if they’d adopt a drinking holiday of some sort. And though the Qur'an strictly forbids it, I agree. Alcohol brings cultures together. Those idiots against the establishment of another mosque in lower Manhattan would be much more likely to accept you if you’d sit down at the bar with the rest of us. Sure, there are t...
03.01.2011 | | Posted at 10:33 AM

Steve Solomon comes to Marcus Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
Steve Solomon has built a solid touring career around his family. It�'s just him onstage, though � being the son of a Jewish father, an Italian mother who grew-up in Brooklyn, Solomon has all of the right background for a solid comedy act centered around cultural identity. He switches in and out of characters very quickly and has no trouble being the sole person onstage carrying on a fast-paced...
02.22.2011 | | Posted at 01:05 PM

Touring Broadway show raises money for non-profit group

By Russ Bickerstaff
Life is difficult enough for people entering their teens. As difficult as it might seem for most people, the pressures of suddenly expanding quasi-adulthood must be extremely difficult for kids entering adolescence with serious chronic diseases. Local non-profit CHOIR Stars�looks to give these kids some creative direction through instruction in the arts. With programs in art. Dance, music, theat...
02.17.2011 | | Posted at 09:08 PM

Men, Women and high-grade hack stand-up

By Russ Bickerstaff
Funnyman Robert Dubac hs been touring with a number of comic one-man shows over the years. Examples of his highly polished, exceedingly competent stand-up can be seen on his website. The comedian brings his one man show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Has met with critical and commercial success. Dubac�s entertaining, if not always terribly insightful observations on the �babble of the sexes,� ...
02.15.2011 | | Posted at 06:54 AM

Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company looking for gospel talents for an upcoming musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � The Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company is looking for a cast for its upcoming gospel musical. They’re looking for male and female actors ages 25 and over for the Spring musical, which is set to be staged at the Marcus Center. �They’re also looking for piano players and organists with acting skills. Auditions will take place at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center on 3020 West Vlie...

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