An Indie Theatre Christmas

Dec. 6, 2008
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest

This time of year, the heart of Milwaukee’s Theatre district is alive with traditional Christmas fare. The Rep production of A Christmas Carol is onstage at the Pabst. Just next door on the main stage at the Marcus Center is Michael Pink’s Milwaukee Ballet production of The Nutcracker. On a smaller stage in the same complex is In Tandem’s alternative local-flavor holiday tradition A Cudahy Caroler’s Christmas. These shows are (or should be) guaranteed successes every year because THIS time of year more so than any other is a time when people indulge in tradition.

For those who like their holiday fare a bit less traditional, there are a few other shows going on . . . they’re all comedies, their all from independent backgrounds and many of them independent productions.

--In Bay View, of course, there is Patrick Schmitz’s Rudolph the Pissed- Off Reindeer at the Alchemist Theatre. The show runs through December 20th. A full review of the show will appear here shortly along with the final part of my transcripted interview with Schmitz.

--As mentioned in the previous entry, Neil Haven’s Who Killed Santa? starts this week. The second hipster puppet show to grace local stages this season, Holland’s show runs December 12 -21 at the newly-minted Carte Blanche Studios on 1024 South 5th Street.

--With UPAF funding, a board of Directors and such, In Tandem Theatre is hardly independent, but this holiday season at their own theatre they host a holiday show by a sketch comedy group with fiercely independent roots. The Show opened its holiday production this past weekend. It closes December 20th. A full review appear in this weeks Shepherd-Express.

--As if one Christmas show wasn’t enough Carte Blanche Studios is also opening a musical parody of A Christmas Carol next week. Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge runs December 19 – 23.


The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case to determine if Wisconsin Republicans’ redistricting maps are too partisan. Do you believe the U.S. Supreme Court will order Wisconsin to redraw our legislative maps so the majority of legislative districts are competitive and voters will actually have a real choice between a Democrat and Republican?

Getting poll results. Please wait...