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Debauchery Turns Destructive in Theater RED's 'Bachelorette'

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On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bachelorette was an on stage episode of the TV show Girls Behaving Badly. There's drugs, swearing, drinking, sex and cruel behavior. The young women are grasping, insecure and, on the surface, not very likable.

But as you get to know the play's three bachelorettes, and later on the bride herself, you begin to see the people they are trying to hide underneath all the reckless behavior. And when you do, it's heartbreaking.

"The revelations about the characters are so much deeper than the surface," explains director Mark Boergers. "I really think of it like what happens when mean girls grow up if they don't grow out of that, and why is that? What are we holding onto, what is the competition....and then what happens when one character transcends and starts to grow up?"

Bachelorette, produced by Milwaukee’s Theatre RED, opens at the Alchemist Theatre in Bay View Thursday night and runs through March 19th.

Marcee Doherty-Elst is the company’s producing director, Mark Boergers directs the show and Kelly Doherty plays Becky, the bride to be. They recently joined Lake Effect’s Bonnie North in the studio and explained why they chose to present this particular play:

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Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.