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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.

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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Sunset Playhouse staged a very intimate studio production of the drama ‘August: Osage County’ for one weekend only as a part of its After Sunset series. Read more

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Photo Credit: Lily Shea Photography

Cooperative Performance explores the nature of everyday human emotion from a stylish steampunk lens with J.J. Gatesman’s 'Machina Persona.' Read more

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Photo Credit: Lily Shea

For one weekend only, Theatre Nervosa staged an intimate production of Will Eno’s one-person drama Thom Pain (based on nothing). Read more

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

Sunset Playhouse stages John Patrick’s endearing ensemble comedy The Curious Savage. Read more

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In Image of An Unknown Woman, Marquette University Theatre presents a contemporary drama of social media in the midst of an uprising against a totalitarian regime. Read more

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Economy and ecology lock in an uneasy dance of politics delicately reflected on a small stage as Theatre Gigante presents Enemy of the People. Read more

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First Stage fluidly presents the complex story of a foster kid who learns the power of poetry in Locomotion Read more

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

The Sunset Playhouse stages a production of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery A Murder Is Announced. Read more

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Photo Credit: Robert M Powell

Theatre Gigante celebrates the life of a great American spoken-word artist with a studio theatre performance of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Read more

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Marquette University Theatre stages a production of Bruce Norris’ dual-era spinoff of A Raisin in the Sun. Read more

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Photo Credit: Ashley Doelger

Cabaret Milwaukee hosts its latest old-time radio-style variety show at the historic Astor Hotel. Read more

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The Constructivists stage an intimate basement production of Martin McDonagh’s interrogation drama The Pillowman. Read more

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Photo Credit: Nathaniel Schardin, Traveling Lemur Productions LLC.

Cooperative Performance stages an intriguing female-centered adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with CORIOLANA. Read more

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Marquette stages a well-balanced, well-paced musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Read more

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Off the Wall Theatre stages a gritty production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Read more

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First Stage brings the work of popular children’s author Eric Carle to life with Jonathan Rockefeller’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Read more

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Marquette University Theatre explored some very tricky territory this past weekend with Malaina Moore’s White privelige—a look at contemporary race relations in the U.S. Read more

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The Milwaukee Fringe Festival’s third year featured some truly intimate theatrical experiences. Read more

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its season with a fast-paced Sherlock Holmes adventure. Read more

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