BAY VIEW'S  ALCHEMIST THEATRE


SUICIDE SLEEP

MIKE FISCHER of THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL: "Alchemist Theatre's 'Suicide Sleep' a taut nightmare of a drama"

JEFF GRYGNY of ENTERTAINMENT ARTS EXAMINER: "Suicide Sleep betrays an eclectic array of influences, from Sam Shepherd to Sam Beckett via Steven King through the Twilight Zone."

RUSS BICKERSTAFF of the SHEPHERD EXPRESS: "Alchemist Theatre stages a fresh, new psychological thriller." "Suicide Sleep becomes a delirious, existential funhouse of a story."

LAMONT PROPER of LOCAL TROLLEY: "Suicide Sleeps’ Director Charles Sommers and writer/producer Aaron Kopec, tucked this mentally stimulating live drama into a 40-minute pocket that clipped along fluidly, without a beat wasted...  In spite of the short run time, you still feel your admission is well spent."


CLOSING NIGHT

"BAM! we’re set loose, utterly befuddled, to explore the premises, puzzle over cryptic visual and verbal messages and bits of decor to uncover the building’s secrets. And what a lot of secrets it has! It would be criminal to reveal any details, but suffice to say that Team Alchemist have outdone themselves.  It's diabolically clever." JEFF GRYGNEY THEATRE ARTS EXAMINER


"Kopec cautions in promotional materials that it's impossible to witness and explore everything in Closing Night, and he isn't kidding. Clues are hidden in plain view, but there are scores of them; throw in simultaneous performances by cast members in various rooms and one has a seemingly infinite selection of variables." MIKE FISCHER MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

" A cerebral crime story, Closing Night challenges its cast to lead the audience out of their seats on a fluid and nerve turning journey through the depths of the Alchemist Theatre space, to learn the dark secrets of its murky past" LOCAL TROLLY


HOUSE OF HORRORS
"It's a really interesting play on traditional stereotypes--the adult man is the innocent that is being corrupted by the aggressive, bloodthirsty infant within... an Id with teeth, claws and piercing eyes."

SHEPHERD EXPRESS / RUSS BICKERSTAFF

" Kopec generates suspense nicely. While Holmes chats amiably with his victims to be, we have the feeling of watching a happy swimmer while knowing a shark prowls below."

THIRD COAST DAILY / JEFF GRYGNY

"Every one of the many fraught, overcharged passage in Horrors recalls late Victorian stage melodramas - themselves reflective of a world in which old-fashioned realism simply can't keep up with the devil on the loose, out there and housed inside each of us."
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL / MIKE FISCHER


DRACULA 2013
"Even as he acknowledges his debt to Bram Stoker, Kopec is making clear he won't always play
by the book."
"For all the fun in Kopec's Dracula, the final twist reinforces its serious, underlying message: In literature and in life, women need not accept type-casting requiring that they once again play the role of helpless victim."
MIKE FISCHER MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

"Blood, screaming, knives, ropes, stakes and sex. Alchemist Theatre’s Dracula has it all, and it’s awesome."
DANIELLE MCCLUNE THIRD COAST DIGEST

"From the script on out, Kopec's Dracula is balanced. And it's a really good balance. It's balanced by virtue of the fact that he knows exactly what he's working with. He knows what audiences want from a Dracula production. He knows what his intimate studio space is capable of. And he knows the cast with which he is working. As such, he is able to construct a production of near-perfect balance."
RUSS BICKERSTAFF SHEPHERD EXPRESS

"Kopec gives us a feminist Django Unchained: both exploitive and empowering."
JEFF GRYGNEY PERFORMING ARTS EXAMINER

THE CANONICAL FIVE OF JAKE THE RIPPER
In its best moments - many of them involving Amato, who is exceptional - Kopec does for the Ripper's
victims what Roberto Bolaño did in "2666" for the murdered women in Ciudad Juárez. He compels us to see these women as individuals. He gives them a name. Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols. Annie Chapman. Elizabeth Stride. Catherine Eddowes. Mary Kelly.”
MIKE FISCHER MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

"It doesn’t matter how many women scream before the curtain comes down, or how dark the fog around the lamplight seems – any show that can pull off moments like that with as much grace and power as The Canonical Five is not an ordinary horror play – it’s a terribly astonishing one."
MATTHEW REDDIN THIRD COAST DIGEST


ALCHEMIST EYE
“You know you're perfectly safe, but you have to let the creepiness fill your heart and give in to it.
Sometimes this is easier than others . . . and The Alchemist Eye manages to reach out into the hearts of the audience on more than one occasion.”
RUSS BICKERSTAFF EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

FAUST
The show must have been a nightmare to stage-manage; Kopec'’s scenic genius supplies one wonderfully believable pocket environment after another: lights and sound are run by several different tech crews and the actors are on nonstop, while the audience tromps up and down stairs, through narrow tunnels, hidden doors, and curtains, following them to the next scene.”
JEFF GRYGNY THEATRE EXAMINER


“Aaron Kopec has blown my mind again.”
TOM CHRISTY PERFORMING ARTS EXAMINER


“DeWolff is really enjoyable in the role of a man of heroic levels of artistic integrity. It’s a fun mutation of the heroically epic man vs. evil premise. Playwright Aaron Kopec could’ve hung the drama’s entire substance on the immersive, multi-stage gimmick. That there’ is substance at all beyond the format of the drama is a huge accomplishment considering the fact that everyone's distinct experience of the story is going to be different. Creating a cohesive thematic narrative that works through all of the different possible scene combinations must have been a tremendous challenge.”
RUSS BICKERSTAFF EXPRESS MILWAUKEE


MURDER CASTLE
"Murder Castle is an extravaganza. The show is highly engaging and
cleverly executed. The entertainment has multiple layers of appeal. The sheer volume of effort and talent that went into this production is apparent.

The Halloween show at the Alchemist is definitely the event of the season.”
TOM CHRISTY ARTS EXAMINER


DRACULA

The Alchemist Theatre’s production of
Dracula: The Undead is hugely entertaining!” 
RUSS BICKERSTAFF EXPRESS MILWAUKEE