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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Soulstice Theatre brings some Southern flavor to the stage this week with an intimate production of Robert Harling’s classic 1987 stage drama, Steel Magnolias. Soulstice’s fourth-floor studio theater on Milwaukee’s South Side will serve as a small-town hair salon—the backdrop for a casual, down-to-earth drama. With its bittersweet mix of wit and passion, a production of Steel Magnolias is only as good as its...
02.07.2010 | | Posted at 03:13 PM

Local Companies Stage A Quartet of Shows Prominently Featuring Sister Trios

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife’s two sisters came over yesterday. The three of them were in the kitchen making cookies as I worked on bits of writing that I was attempting to get done. The three sisters motif was particularly strong this weekend, as my wife and I had also attended a show about three sisters the previous night. It’s a motif that’ll be carried out on a number of stages in the next few weeks. Here�...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Soulstice Theatre’s Complete Works Of William Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Soulstice Theatre’s  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  is fun. It may not be perfect. They kind of drop the ball on the physical comedy of Shakespeare’s histories presented as a football game. The Othello rap is a bit more wince-inducing than one might hope for. With a show as fast-paced as The Complete Works, individual moments get washed-out in the rhythm of an ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Soulstice Theatre Opens Non-Holiday Show This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
Most of the rest of this season’s local live Christmas shows are opening this weekend. (John McGivern’s annual show at the Off—Broadway Theatre doesn’t open until mid-month, just about every other local show opens this weekend.) And having reached the home stretch of Christmas openings, I’m looking forward to one of the few shows opening this weekend that has nothing to do with the holid...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

In a flurry of openings, Soulstice Theatre Hosts a Classy Evening's Fundraiser

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s kind of odd having a week without any real theatre openings. For the first time since the first weekend in September, I’m not attending anything. As would be expected from this (and a relatively quiet December ahead) the theatre openings ahead are pretty concentrated: over a dozen shows open in Milwaukee in the next two weeks. Again: That’s over a dozen shows in two weeks. I don’t thi...
09.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Hi-Fi A Thursday that started at 8am for me was going to end around 10pm. Over a quarter of the day spent in Bay View. Got into the Hi-Fi Café around 3:00 pm to meet with playwright Patrick Schmitz to talk about the theatre script he’s working on. Hadn’t been there in at least a year. On my way in, I see a girl in front of a laptop looking very professional in a full Mohawk and hipster gl...
08.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Soulstice Theatre has announced auditions for its production of the Robert Harling comic drama Steel Magnolias. Set in a Beauty Parlor in Louisiana, the story revolves around 6 women. And so . . . Soulstice theatre is looking for six actresses ranging in age from their early 20’s to 70’s. (Actually, that’s: one woman in her late teens, another in her mid-twenties, one in her 40’s, one in h...
07.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With five musicals opening this month, July has been kind of a heavy month for musical theatre. Soulstice Theatre opens the last musical of the month on July 31st as it presents its production of the Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice favorite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical theatre re-telling of the ancient myth of Joseph features Steve Pfisterer in the title role, with Josh Pe...
05.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God is an interesting challenge for any cast. Running now through May 16th, Soulstice Theatre’s production is an interesting experience for any theatergoer. The love story between a speech therapist and a cortically deaf woman combines spoken dialogue with sign language in a really dynamic dramatic mix. Matthew Michaelis stars as speech therapist James Leeds�...

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