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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.

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

Sunset Playhouse warms the stage with Roger Bean’s wonderful tribute to the music of the 1950s and early ’60s. Read more

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Photo Credit: Haylee Baily

Glossy glam metal melds with musical theater onstage as Greendale Community Theatre presents 'Rock of Ages.' Read more

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Photo Credit: Joel Kopischke

Forte Theatre Company makes its debut with a classy, jazzy production of 'Miracle on 34th Street—A Live Musical Radio Play.' Read more

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Village Playhouse stages an intimate, studio-theater production of an itinerant worker and a group of German nuns. Read more

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

Sunset Playhouse makes the best of one of Ken Ludwig’s least-accomplished scripts. Read more

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Photo Courtesy of Marquette University

Marti Gobel directs a well-balanced cast in Crumbs From the Table of Joy—an emotional family drama set in Brooklyn in 1950. Read more

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Photo Credit: Nicolas Umbs

UWM stages a sensual comedic drama of personal exploration in Sarah Ruhl’s In the 'Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)' Read more

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Cooperative Performance explores the cycles of abuse and recovery in the debut of ‘Kaleidoscope.’ Read more

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

Laura Monagle and Hope Riesterer resonate an emotional warmth at the center of Sunset Playhouse’s Mamma Mia! Read more

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PHOTO CREDIT: Robert M. Powell

A dual-layered ‘Beggar’s Opera’ makes its way across an intimate stage as the opening show in Theatre Gigante’s season. Read more

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Photo credit: Katrina Smith

Though it lacks the wild energy of a really good farce, the Sunset Playhouse stages ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ with a satisfying emotional center. Read more

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Photo Courtesy of Outskirts Theatre

A woman answer a dead man’s ringing phone and feel bound to wrap up his affairs in Outskirts Theatre’s ‘Dead Man's Cell Phone.’ Read more

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PHOTO CREDIT: George Katsekes

A tightly-wound Neil Simon farce plays on a placid outdoor stage as SummerStage presents ‘Rumors.’ Read more

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J.J. Gatesman and company tumble energetically through a silly production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ overlooking the lake this month at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Read more

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Photo Credit: Heidi Hodges

A well-balanced Door County cast performs a little outdoor production of The Merry Wives of Windsor for Door Shakespeare. Read more

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Photo Credit: Heidi Hodges

A small cast brings a huge presence outdoors in Door County as Door Shakespeare presents Henry V. Read more

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Photo Credit: Michelle Owczarski

Optimist Theatre stages a brisk Shakespeare comedy at the Marcus Center’s Peck Pavilion. Read more

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This month, Sunset Playhouse stages a production of the lighthearted Ken Ludwig comedy Leading Ladies. Read more

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Isabel Mancl and Amy Barrett were deeply endearing as conjoined twins in the musical drama Side Show, which ran for one weekend only at the Sunset Playhouse. Read more

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It’s a crucial element in a drama set entirely during one hour before departure at an airport gate. Read more

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