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They’re back! A couple of wise guys…and Doug. We open Wednesday, December 18th and run through Sunday, December 22nd. Showtimes are at 7:30 pm with a 2:00 matinee on Thursday and Sunday. Artist tickets are $18.00 and available the night of performance at the Vogel Hall box office. For more information visit


Support local theatre!

Artist tickets are available for all remaining shows of ‘Twas The Month Before Christmas, including tonight’s 7:30 performance.  Come on out and get some Christmas cheer!

For more information, click here: ‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

Come see these three Wise Guys in Doug Jarecki’s delightful Christmas play.

“Twas the Night Before Christmas runs December 15th through the 23rd at Next Act.  More info can be found here:

Oh, and Sara’s in it too.

And remember, $10 artist tickets are available for all shows.

Directed by James Fletcher

Featuring John Cramer, Lindsey Gagliano, Doug Jarecki, Mithch Weindorf and Sara Zientek

We’ve put the whole gang back together again for this fabulous show.  Two weeks only, December 15 through December 23.  Get on it, tickets are selling fast.

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas by Doug Jarecki

Directed by James Fletcher

with John Cramer, Lindsey Gagliano, Doug Jarecki, Mitch Weindorf and Sara Zientek

For more info and ticket reservations:



Just one more weekend, folks.  ‘Twas the Month Before Christmas runs Friday, December 18 at 7:30, Saturday, December 19 at 4:00 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00.  All shows at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water Street.  Come out for this charming and truly funny play.  $10 artist tickets are available for all shows.  Support local theatre!


‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

a comedy by Doug Jarecki

December 11 – 20, 2015
Directed by James Fletcher

We have all heard the story of what happened that magical night in the manger in Bethlehem, but ever wonder about the story before the story? ‘TWAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS takes a look at the lives of Joseph and Mary, the three kings, and the innkeeper, and shows you what things might have been like leading up to that night. This sweet and silly play is sure to put you in the holiday spirit as it shows you that we all have a role to play in the greatest story ever told.

Friday, December 11 @ 7:30

Saturday, December  12 @4:00 and 7:30

Sunday, December 13 @ 2:00

Monday, December 14 @ 7:30 Pay What You Can

Friday, December 18 @7:30

Saturday, December  19 @4:00 and 7:30

Sunday, December 20 @ 2:00

Adult: $23
Senior/Student: $20
Group (10 or more): $20

Next Act is located at 255 S. Water St./Milwaukee, WI/53294

For more information or to order tickets visit

The Rep Lab is opening up this Friday for five performances.  Having been a former intern at the Rep, I can’t tell you what a fine venue this is for the interns.  When I was an intern, no such venue existed for us to display our skills.  Most interns were simply relegated to the role of understudying.  Actual roles onstage outside of townsperson in A Christmas Carol were rare.  So this is the intern’s big send-off after what I can assure you is a challenging year.  Come on out and support them as they graduate and head out into the real world!


Performance Times
Fri. Mar. 28, 8pm
Sat. Mar. 29, 4 & 8pm
Sun. Mar. 30, 7pm
Mon. Mar. 31, 7:30pm

Rep Lab 2014

27 Ways I Didn’t Say “Hi” To Laurence Fishburne by Jonathan Josephson
Directed by Artistic Associate and 2011-2012 Directing Intern JC Clementz
Based on actual events…sort of. This 2013 Humana Festival hit features the entire Acting Intern Ensemble in ways you won’t expect. Jonathan just wants to say “hi” to Hollywood star Laurence Fishburne, but things never quite go as planned.

Wandering by Lanford Wilson
Directed by 2013-2014 Directing Intern Emily Penick
A poignant trip through one man’s life and wanderings, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly), explores the role of authority in growing up.

A Midsummer Nite’s Dream by Rachel Claff
Directed by 2013-2014 Directing Intern Frank Honts
How fast can seven actors perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Pretty darn fast! First performed as a part of The Chicago-based Neo-Futurists’ Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, don’t blink or you’ll miss one of Shakespeare’s finest plays performed in under two minutes!

The Other Woman by David Ives
Directed by 2013-2014 Directing Intern Emily Penick
Emma spends her evenings sleepwalking around the house. When Thomas is visited late at night by his sleepwalking wife, he wonders if she is becoming the “other woman” in their marriage. Playwright David Ives (Venus in FurAll in the Timing), weaves a taut story of identity and connection.

You’re Invited by Darren Canady
Directed by 2013-2014 Directing Intern Frank Honts
What happens when a four-year-old’s extravagant birthday party is thrown into chaos by a wayward toddler? After an “accident” ruins the birthday cake, the parents prove more immature than their children in this uproariously biting comedy.

Hamlet in Hiding by Rich Rubin
Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann
A deserted Dublin theater serves as the hideout for three quirky, dim-witted bank-robbers. Criminal masters in their own minds, the three women quickly realize that they have taken on more than they can chew.

L.A. 8 AM by Mark Harvey Levine
Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann Finding comfort in order, some believe that everything can be reduced to numbers and statistics. In this emotionally-wrought drama, Kevin strives to make sense of his life—but mathematics can’t bring comfort to every situation.

Doors Closing by Mark Chrisler
Directed by Artistic Associate and 2011-2012 Directing Intern JC Clementz
Sometimes riding the subway can change lives. Happenstance brings Sam and Veronica together as they navigate the starts and stops of life.

Title by Greg Allen
Directed by Artistic Associate and 2002-2003 & 2003-2004 Acting and Directing Intern Michael Kroeker
Featured on NPR’s This American Life, and from the founder of The Neo-Futurists, this short comedy will have you falling out of your seat with laughter. Greg and Melissa head straight for the “subtext” in this hilarious short.

Devised Piece, created by Artistic Intern Ensemble
Directed by 2013-2014 Directing Interns Frank Honts and Emily Penick
In what has become an eagerly-anticipated, annual highlight of Rep Lab, we are proud to present a world-premiere play created and devised by the Artistic Intern Ensemble!

Over the course of the thirteen years we have been producing Combat Theatre, there are any number of the plays produced that have deserved attention and a life outside of the single night they were produced.Certainly one of the highlights of all those productions was Patrick Holland’s The Cowboy.  Patrick’s play has been published in The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012 along with the likes of plays by such hacks as John Guare.  Well done, Master Holland!


Hey Fletcher,


Well the book is out! It’s so weird to me to see “The Cowboy” published especially in this particular anthology. I keep flashing back to writing it at three in the morning at a Starbucks for Combat! But I am so grateful to everyone from Combat. Without your support, this play would have never been written. And what a wonderful acknowledgement of the work we all do than to have it included in the “The Best American Short Plays Of 2011-2012.”


For the anthology William Demastes, the editor, wrote this about “The Cowboy”:

“The Cowboy by Patrick Holland is haunting in its own way. The work is perfectly crafted to present a collection of improbabilities leading to a fantastic accident that generates the feeling that the accident was no accident at all. The messy lives of three women come together in an unexpectedly appropriate manner, overseen by the silent hand of a character known as the Cowboy, begging the question: What forces lie beneath daily events beyond our control and even understanding?

Preview the first few pages:

But it on Amazon:


Welcome to City Anywhere, USA.  Oh it might be just a town or it might be a thriving metropolis.  Size doesn’t matter; not in this story.  Joy has left this city, at least for the women.  They go to work at unsatisfying jobs, to gyms as much to stave off  boredom as stay in shape, they stop at grocery stores to pick up meals for one and they go to clubs hoping to find a companion if only for a night.  And so goes their routines, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Yes, nothing much of anything happens here in Anywhere USA and no one seems to mind.  And time, it does seem to pass.  But there’s a warm wind blowing through the streets of Anywhere, and it’s bringing something with it.  The change is subtle at first, nothing more than a little dust blowing through the streets, hardly worth mentioning.  But then the tumbleweeds begin to roll through.  Strange as that may seem, the citizens of Anywhere take no note of the change, or at least most of them don’t.  Seems there are these three women, three women who have never met each other, Linda, Kim and Amanda, and they do indeed see what is happening.  All three of these women set out to find the source of this strange wind and find…

…The Cowboy!  Patrick Holland brings us the uplifting tale of a man who isn’t what he appears to be.  A man who has one mission; to bring joy to the women of Anywhere, USA.  The Cowboy strikes up a relationship with each of these women, opening up their minds and their hearts.  He brings bliss where all hope was lost.  But can it last?  What happens on the fateful day when they all run into each other?  Will they continue to live out their new lives, or will they go back to their old ways?  Or is it all some kind of joke?  The answer can only be found in one place and on one night.

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents The Best of Combat Theatre…so far!
8 of the finest plays from the last decade.
Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm.
The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC)
325 W. Walnut Street, on the corner of Walnut and MLK Drive

Tickets for this benefit show are $25 and available at the door only.

Bunny Gumbo: We do it because we can.

For more info visit us at

We’re getting close and we’re getting excited.  And when you take a look at who’s performing, you’ll get excited too.  Here’s the lineup:

Logan Adams, Diana Alioto, Libby Amato, Brad Bingheim, Drew Brhel, John Cramer, Katie Cummings, Leah Delaney, Kelly Doherty, Karen Estrada, Susan Fete, Donte Fitzgerald, James Fletcher,Reva Fox, Jeff Frank, Maretes Hein, Tim Higgins, Patrick Holland, Matt Huebsch, Angela Iannone, Pat Ivansek, Doug Jarecki, Bo Johnson, Allison Katula, Robert W.C. Kennedy, Joel Kopischke, Amie Losi, John Maclay, Brittany McDonald, Steve Midthun, Ed Morgan, Emmitt Morgans, Alan Piotrowicz, Nate Press, Diane Rector, Jazz Reed, Randy Rehberg, Tami Rentmeester, Brian Roloff, Cheryl Roloff, Jennifer Rupp, Shannon Sloan-Spice, Charles Sommers, Jeana Stillman, Ted Tyson, Jim Thibodeau, John Van Slyke, Matt Whitmore, Ken Williams, Rachel Williams, Tony Wood and Sara Zientek.

I’m all a tingle!

Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th at 8:00 pm.  The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut.

Single night, $18, Weekend package, $30.

8 Writers, 8 Directors, 30 Actors

16 Plays in 48 Hours

We do it because we can!