The Rep's Garage Sale
Next week Saturday, (August 8th) The Milwaukee Rep hosts the next in its series of popular garage sales. The sale takes place in the classy âgarageâ that is the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre from 10 am -Â 3pm.
Here are some highlights on whatâs going to be available at the sale:
FROM BAD SCRIPTS COME BIG PROPS . . .
As good as it is, the Rep sometimes ends up with a bad script. Oddly enough, there end up being some pretty large props that come out of these shows . . .
--Two 8-foot inflatable beach balls from Eurydice.
âImpressive, yesâŠand they look like fun, but what on earth am I going to do with them?â
âAnd anyway, where would I put them?â
Glad you asked. As they are inflatable, they are also deflatable. They can be stored in a bag . . . preferably with a portable air compressor. Take that bag anywhere you might find the needÂ for 8-feet of inflatable fun. Trips to the bank, the DMV and even jury duty could be so much more enjoyable with an 8â diameter beach ball. Itâll take a while to inflate and people might stare in disbelief at first, but once they realize what youâre doing, theyâll be excited that theyâve become a part of something truly bizarreâit takes much more than one person to handle a beach ball of that size . . .
--Four floor-standing candelabras from Bach at Leipzig
So youâve invited your date to your place for a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two. Wonât he or she be surprised when the candles in question sit atop a pair of towering candelabras that positively overpower the tiny dining room table in your cramped little east side apartment . . .
FOR THE MODEL RAILROAD ENTHUSIAST
--An Electric Train Set and Track from The Cherry Orchard.
I know thereâs a toy train story on south K.K. with plenty of collectibles, but itâs doubtful that any of them could have been said to be a part of a theatre set that was developed by a Tony Award-winning scenic designer. Could be a really interesting conversation piece.
FOR THE HIPSTERâS DELUXE DORM ROOM
â50âs retro hasnât really been in style since the swing music revival of the mid-90âs, so itâs probably due for a comeback. Here are a few items from the Rep Cabaretâs production of Hoola Hoop Sha-Boop that are perfect for the â50âs retro hipsterâs dorm room/bachelor pad:
--a light-up soda fountain counter
--a large cut-out of Marilyn Monroe
--a large cut-out of a Fender guitar
--a large cut-out of Coca-Cola bottle
--a large cut-out of a 1958 Chevy.Â
MEASURING YOUR DRESS SIZES AGAINST REP ACTORS
The costume department will have a number of items for saleâboth practical, contemporary outfits and collectible period costumes. The weird upshot of this is . . . if youâve been going to the Rep these past several seasons and ever wanted to know how you measure up to say . . . Laura Gordon or Torrey Hanson, you might just have the opportunity to do so. Of course, there are no guarantees on which costume pieces are going to be available, but the press release issues that standard bit of knowledge known to all thrifters who frequent garage salesâthe biggest selection is always available earlier in the day . . .