Russ Bickerstaff

Russ Bickerstaff is a theater critic and aspiring author living on the south side with his wife and two daughters. In over ten years of covering the theater scene he has reviewed more than 1,000 shows. In addition to his work for The Shepherd Express, he maintains his own reader-funded Milwaukee theater blog. His short fictions have appeared in more than 30 different publications.

Marquette University stages a one-hour drama about sexual assault. more

Feb 19, 2018 10:39 AM Theater

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Windfall Theatre whisks through a two-man tragicomedy as Joe Picchetti and Robert W.C. Kennedy perform STONES IN HIS POCKETS. more

Feb 19, 2018 10:35 AM Theater


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Cabaret Milwaukee hosts its latest old time radio-style variety show this weekend only at the Best Place Tavern. more

Feb 16, 2018 9:37 AM Theater

Cooperative Performance stages the stories of contemporary immigrants with its debut production of Ellis. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:41 PM Theater

Last weekend, Theatre Gigante staged a one-weekend-only production of a dance theater adaptation of Kafka’s classic Metamorphosis. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:16 PM Theater


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Marquette Theatre stages a musical children’s theater show inspired by the books of Arnold Lobel. more

Jan 23, 2018 1:47 PM Theater


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A toy rabbit goes on an adventure during the Great Depression in First Stage’s adaptation of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. more

Jan 23, 2018 1:44 PM Theater

Greendale Community Theatre brings quirky comedy to a stage also occupied by audience in [title of show], through Jan. 20. more

Jan 16, 2018 2:49 PM Theater


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The intimate stage of the Next Act Theatre plays host to ’Twas the Month Before Christmas—a light-and-breezy comedy in which Joe and Mary give birth to a kid named Jesus. more

Dec 19, 2017 1:20 PM Theater

This month, Randall T. Anderson presents another sold-out run of The Bartender, a one-man show that mixes drinks and stories in an intimate space. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:29 PM Theater


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On a relatively modest budget, the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove stages an emotional production of Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:19 PM Theater


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Next Act explores the fragmented nature of human connection in the father-son drama The Secret Mask, which runs through Dec. 10 at Next Act Theatre. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:40 PM Theater


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Love is pitted against greed in Boulevard Theatre’s inspiring concert reading of Jerry Herman’s Dear World. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:40 PM Theater

Three late-19th century women explore the strange wonders of “Terra Incognita” in Marquette Theatre’s production of On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning); the character-driven, science fantasy time-travel drama features a capable cast of four. more

Nov 14, 2017 2:17 PM Theater


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Ten years in and Angry Young Men, Ltd.’s Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show is as satisfying as ever. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:17 PM Theater


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The ’70s live again in the classy retro-musical diva comedy Sister Act, which is being presented through Nov. 5 by Sunset Playhouse. more

Oct 17, 2017 2:58 PM Theater 2 Comments

The Alchemist Theatre stages another debut Halloween horror-comedy this year, Pepper’s Ghost, written by Aaron Kopec. more

Oct 17, 2017 2:53 PM Theater


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Kenilworth 508 Theatre hosts Theatre Gigante's presentation of I Am My Own Wife, through Oct. 7. more

Oct 3, 2017 4:06 PM Theater

Windfall Theatre hosts an irrepressibly fun return to the 16th century this autumn with David Davalos’ pop comedy, Wittenberg. more

Oct 3, 2017 4:00 PM Theater

Marcella Kearns and Todd Denning play two people sharing an evening together in 1987 as Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune. more

Sep 26, 2017 12:00 AM Theater