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  • November 17, 2014 more info

    Click "more info" to watch a sneak peek of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]!

     
  • October 24, 2014 more info

    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) [revised] media release - click 'more info'

     
  • October 13, 2014 more info

    by Jonathan Fera, UW-Whitewater News; Rick Pendzich '03, fondly remembers playing the roll of Nathan Detroit in the UW-Whitewater production of "Guys and Dolls," a musical depicting the relationship between gambling and love. That comical production also starred Chris Klopatek '04, Chase Stoeger '02 and Marcus Truschinski '04, three UW-Whitewater alumni currently working as professional actors.

     
  • September 25, 2014 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; "There are times when one is viewing live theater, that one feels privileged to be there. There are times when a theater critic feels doubly privileged to be able to tell others - GO SEE THIS PLAY. This is one of those times."

     
  • September 23, 2014 more info

    by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; "Married in real life, Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright are portraying strangers whose casual sex at a friend’s bash leads to consequences neither party can fully believe. Call it a romantic comedy or a romantic drama (since both fit). But be assured the two performers are providing the virtuoso acting coupling of the season in “The Good Father,” ...

     
  • September 22, 2014 more info

    by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; "With the strains of U2’s “New Year’s Day” in the background, Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) and Jane (Laura Gray) end up alone together at their friend’s New Year’s Eve party. Set in contemporary Ireland, the two have little in common. But there’s something about the passing of one year to the next that throws opposites together..."

     
  • September 22, 2014 more info

    by Louis Weisberg, Wisconsin Gazette; In THE GOOD FATHER, Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly tosses together two disparate — and dispirited — people at a New Year’s Eve party. Their chance encounter shakes up their lives and tests their divergent belief systems.

     
  • September 22, 2014 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; A different sort of Cinderella story opened this weekend, though I don’t think playwright Christian O’Reilly thought of it as such. In Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s THE GOOD FATHER, two people from distinct social classes meet--the college educated Jane and the working-class house painter Tim. But true love doesn’t descend magically from the heavens. The first bond instead is biological—a pregnancy created during a drunken post-New-Year’s-Eve one-night-stand. And O’Reilly’s beautifully drawn character piece charts the circuitous path the relationship takes as it adjusts to the reality of circumstance.

     
  • September 22, 2014 more info

    MEDIA RELEASE: Staged reading -THE BOY INSIDE, Monday, Oct. 13 - click 'more info'

     
  • September 21, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "Like if you picked the most opposite type person that someone like you would want to have a kid with, you'd probably pick me." So says Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) to Jane (Laura Gray) early in Christian O'Reilly's "The Good Father," a two-person play receiving its Midwest premiere at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under C. Michael Wright's direction.

     
  • September 17, 2014 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "The Good Father," a two-person romantic drama that opens this week, has gained a new supporting character that's not in the script and that actor Jonathan Wainwright hopes you'll ignore as much as possible. A paint-flecked orthopedic cane...

     
  • September 10, 2014 more info

    by Deanie Vallone; The relationship of Jane and Tim—the protagonists of Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly’s love story, THE GOOD FATHER—is equal parts risky, whirlwind, and beautiful. The play’s opening, in which lawyer Jane and painter Tim (more Ace Hardware than Claude Monet) meet at a New Year’s Eve party, brings to mind such rom-com classics as BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...

     
  • September 09, 2014 more info

    by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; Established Milwaukee theaters will present playwrights whose work may be unfamiliar to the local audience. Emerging playwrights will learn something about us this September as patrons learn about them.

     
  • September 01, 2014 more info

    The Good Father media release - click 'more info'

     
  • August 18, 2014 more info

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviews Maria Callas expert Patrick C. Byrne. Critic for the Belgian Opera Guide, Byrne is co-author of "The Colors of Callas: Reflections of an Icon."

     
  • August 18, 2014 more info

    by Matthew Perta, Showbiz Chicago; To hear Maria Callas is to understand her. When the renowned opera diva walks on stage in the opening act of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now being performed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, she asks the audience if they can hear her. There are no microphones in the theater, she affirms, because we must learn to listen.

     
  • August 14, 2014 more info

    by David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express; Decades after her death, Maria Callas is still among the world’s best known opera stars. Every inch the diva, she was a temperamental force of nature and the power of her voice and her presence could never be ignored.

     
  • August 14, 2014 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Angela Ianonne is reprising her role as the talented, controversial opera star Maria Callas to the delight of audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s opening production in its 40th season - Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.”

     
  • August 13, 2014 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; In opening Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 40th Anniversary season, Milwaukee actor Angela Iannone reprises the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning play Master Class this August.

     
  • August 12, 2014 more info

    by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; Watching a diva instruct advanced operatic voice students at Julliard in the 1970s inspired playwright Terrence McNally to create his own Broadway-bound 1990s version of Maria Callas in “Master Class,” a fascinating mesh of opera and dramatic psychology.

     
  • August 11, 2014 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class is a perfectly enjoyable drama. Angela Iannone will doubtlessly be praised quite a bit for her performance as opera legend Maria Callas teaching students at the end of her career.

     
  • August 11, 2014 more info

    by Paul Kosidowsk, Milwaukee Magazine; For a play saturated with some of the most glorious and dramatic music ever written, it’s somehow fitting that one of the most memorable moments of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Master Class is a deep and harrowing silence

     
  • August 09, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... From the minute this Callas stages her first dramatic entrance — having made us wait, along with her accompanist (a delightfully droll Brian Myers, doubling as music director) — it's all-out war on anyone or anything that isn't sufficiently reverent in what she'll tell us is a "holy place": the theater.

     
  • August 09, 2014 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; There may not be enough superlatives in my vocabulary to properly explain why Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class can't be missed.

     
  • August 08, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; After spending just a few days as master teacher of this year's Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys, David Hyde Pierce already had a solid read on Angela Iannone. "Angela is a force of nature," Pierce said. "She is so full of energy and passion."

     
  • August 07, 2014 more info

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviews MASTER CLASS actress Angela Iannone and co-directors Jill Anna Ponasik and James Zager

     
  • August 05, 2014 more info

    by John Schneider, Shepherd Express; “Don’t lose sight of the seeds but keep pushing forward,” says Artistic Director C. Michael Wright of his goals for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 40th season. “If you celebrate the past and embrace the future, the present will take care of itself.”

     
  • August 02, 2014 more info

    Co-directors Jill Anna Ponasik and James Zager talk about MASTER CLASS on WISN's Arts Avenue.

     
  • July 31, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Given Milwaukee's thriving theater scene, it's hard to imagine the landscape in 1975, when Montgomery Davis and Ruth Schudson launched the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as what was then only the second year-round Milwaukee theater company — along with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater — hiring Equity actors...

     
  • July 30, 2014 more info

    by Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Terrence McNally’s Master Class imagines a lesson that three fictitious students might have received from 20th-century operatic legend Maria Callas at New York’s The Juilliard School in the 1970s. Although the play has some basis in fact, it uses the characters and the teaching concept to present lessons that McNally wants his audiences to learn...

     
  • July 28, 2014 more info

    An Interview with Paula Suozzi; by Marcella Kearns ; Terrence McNally’s play MASTER CLASS takes us into the world and history of a renowned artist of the world of opera, but it’s also an exploration of the discipline, specificity, craft, and toil necessary to navigate the art. MCT spoke with Paula Suozzi, a Milwaukee-based director of both theatre and opera, about traversing the two art forms.

     
  • July 27, 2014 more info

    "Insights on Maria Callas" by Corliss Phillabaum Want to know more about Maria Callas before coming to see MASTER CLASS? Listen to an audio presentation by local opera and theatre expert Corliss Phillabaum and learn more about Callas' remarkable life and career. Click 'more info'

     
  • July 08, 2014 more info

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  • July 01, 2014 more info

    MCT invites you to join us for this year’s Montgomery Davis Play Development Series readings in October 2014 and May 2015. Click 'more info' to learn about Richard Kalinoski's THE BOY INSIDE and Michelle Lopez-Rios' 500 YEARS.

     
  • May 06, 2014 more info

    Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright talks about our 2014-2015 Season...our 40th Anniversary! Click "more info" to watch!

     
  • April 18, 2014 more info

    Click "more info" to watch the LEND ME A TENOR behind-the-scenes preview video!

     
  • April 17, 2014 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The winner of two Tony Awards and often called the second-funniest farce ever written, “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig has been chosen by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for its finale of the season.

     
  • April 17, 2014 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; The experienced MCT cast in cooperation with young talent from Marquette University's gift the audience with an evening of welcome laughter despite this never ending Midwest winter, still present in April. A night of pure entertainment shined in the Broadway Theatre Center, staged in the rich, Rococo decorated Cabot Theatre, a perfect setting for the1930's, two room hotel suite where all the miscued and misguided action occurs.

     
  • April 17, 2014 more info

    Chip Brewster from Fox 6 "Real Milwaukee" visited Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's LEND ME A TENOR! Chip hangs at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to get a preview of Lend Me A Tenor — which provides a comical look at one day in the life of the “Cleveland Grand Opera Company.”

     
  • April 16, 2014 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre tightly executes a classic work of light comedy with a production of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR.

     
  • April 16, 2014 more info

    by Tom Strini; We've met all the characters in Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR before the curtain even rises on the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's sparkling new production.

     
  • April 15, 2014 more info

    by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Milwaukee Chamber Theater closes its current season with the madcap mayhem of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR. Every aspect of this production gleams with professional precision, making this a highlight of the company’s current season.

     
  • April 15, 2014 more info

    By Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast Daily.com; Ken Ludwig’s expertly constructed LEND ME A TENOR has dominated the commercial world of farce for a quarter of a century in multiple professional and amateur manifestations.

     
  • April 14, 2014 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; There’s a reason why Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor has been staged umpteen times around the world--from the West End to Broadway to high schools--since it premiered in 1986. It’s a classic, “well-made” farce that offers juicy comic parts—from the opera star to the starry-eyed ingénue to even the hotel bellhop—that actors love to play. And there’s an obvious glow of pleasure radiating from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production, which opened at the Broadway Theatre Center this weekend.

     
  • April 13, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Appearing in the plain light of day, he's a bespectacled nebbish, pining for a woman who treats him like a sibling. Disguised in tights and a fluttering red cape at night, he becomes a soaring superhero. I'm speaking, naturally, of Max — downtrodden assistant to a temperamental impresario in the frothy "Lend Me a Tenor," Ken Ludwig's oft-produced and unabashedly silly farce. Under C. Michael Wright's direction, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre — in collaboration with Marquette University actors and designers — is giving "Tenor" a rollicking production in the Cabot Theatre.

     
  • April 07, 2014 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; For several years now, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has collaborated with local university theater talents to stage some of its shows. It's pulling that trick again for a new production of Ken Ludwig's farce "Lend Me a Tenor."

     
  • March 23, 2014 more info

    The annual UPAF Ride for the Arts will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014. As a member of UPAF, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre greatly benefits from the efforts of friends who join our team! Click 'more info' for details -- and to sign-up!

     
  • March 22, 2014 more info

    By Meghan Randolph, Assistant Director - LEND ME A TENOR; It’s the most infamous adage of the theatre: “The Show Must Go On.” And indeed it must, as the characters learn all too well in Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR...

     
  • March 21, 2014 more info

    Click for a list of 2014-2015 Season Brochure photo credits

     
  • March 21, 2014 more info

    LEND ME A TENOR media release. Click "more info" to download

     
  • February 26, 2014 more info

    ~Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; Matthews’ words have a double meaning in this 90-minute, no intermission production at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The storyline is based on an actual 1960 explosion at Tennessee Eastman Company. Director C. Michael Wright deftly balances the growing tension of the factory explosion’s outcome with the emotionally charged atmosphere inside the family home.

     
  • February 25, 2014 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Matthews said she wanted to write about an intense situation where people just can't get out of each other's way. "People say the wrong thing at the wrong time, regroup and try again," she said.

     
  • February 25, 2014 more info

    ~Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast Daily; ...the characters are thoughtfully developed with unforced moments of family humor, plus sly reminders that ordinary real people, not propaganda props, lived through this. It’s all worked out in great detail over 90 minutes by three actors and director C. Michael Wright – a literal “kitchen sink” drama.

     
  • February 24, 2014 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; "OCTOBER, which was developed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and premiered this weekend, has Southern Literature’s knack for thoughtfully infusing the commonplace with Big Ideas about Life and Death. Drawn—in a way—from the circumstances of her own life, Matthews’ play blends the everyday and the fundamental, and finds the occasional flashes of poetry that can emerge from that connection."

     
  • February 23, 2014 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "But the heart of this often very moving play doesn't involve the disaster that sets it in motion, but rather Matthews' quiet and probing exploration of how we respond. Do such disasters bring out the best or the worst in those living through them?"

     
  • February 23, 2014 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of SILENT, by Madison-based playwright Gwendolyn Rice (A THOUSAND WORDS.) J.C. Clementz directs a cast of six Milwaukee favorites including Kamille Dawkins, Richard Halverson, Chiké Johnson, Robert Spencer, Jonathan Wainwright and C. Michael Wright.

     
  • February 21, 2014 more info

    by Mike Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; "Budding authors are encouraged to write what they know, but such counsel often leads writers to also explore what they need to understand. For Wisconsin author Lori Matthews, personal catharsis is the seed of the narrative in October, Before I Was Born at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre."

     
  • February 21, 2014 more info

    Bonnie North of Lake Effect interviews playwright Lori Matthews for WUWM 89.7 FM

     
  • February 19, 2014 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; If playwright Lori Matthews could tell me only one thing to report back about her play October, Before I Was Born, it’s this: “It’s not as dreadfully painful as it sounds.”

     
  • February 04, 2014 more info

    by Marcella Kearns; Lori Matthews, playwright of OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN, hails originally from Kingsport, TN, though she now makes her home in Stoughton, WI. She was born, as the title of this semi-autobiographical piece implies, less than a year after tragedy struck her hometown. ... "I imagine it’s similar to people who were in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor, people who were in Dallas when JFK was shot,” Matthews says. “There’s something that happens in your backyard that changes the way the world looks the next day. In our area, for a long time, it was this accident."

     
  • January 29, 2014 more info

    October, Before I Was Born media release

     
  • January 29, 2014 more info

    Dear theatre-lover, It suddenly occurred to me what a lucky guy I am! I’m about to direct two incredible scripts back-to-back here at MCT that are as different as night and day! The first is a realistic drama that was written in 2010 about an actual incident in 1960; the second is a madcap comedy that was written in 1989, but takes place in 1934...

     
  • January 16, 2014 more info

    From “The Day Kingsport Wept,” a retrospective on the Eastman aniline explosion; by Mary Kiss, Kingsport Times, October 5, 1975. “In Kinsgport, much of life is attuned to the rhythm of Tennessee Eastman Company. Traffic ebbs and flows with the changing of shifts at the giant chemical plant on the southern edge of the city…

     
  • November 27, 2013 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; When men get together to talk, it is usually a far different event than when women do. Politics, sports, work and the stock market often comprise the topics bandied about. The production now playing in the Studio Theatre on Broadway is a rarity. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has found a gem in “Things Being What They Are” by Wendy MacLeod, a very clever playwright who has given us a strikingly realistic look at how many men communicate with each other.

     
  • November 27, 2013 more info

    by Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express; Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Things Being What They Are delivers lots of laughs along with insight into relationships, identity and male friendship in middle-class America. Written by a female playwright, Wendy MacLeod, this play is incisive in its treatment of male voices and points to the universalities underlying human experience.

     
  • November 25, 2013 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; It’s an odd title, Things Being What They Are, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. But it makes sense if you think about it. There’s a touch of pragmatic existentialism about Wendy MacLeod’s 2003 play, rendered in a folksy patter. If the line is spoken in the play, I don’t recall it. But it’s certainly reflects the mood of MacLeod’s characters, Jack and Billm as they make their final exit, capping off the eventful week of their lives that we’ve just been witness to.

     
  • November 24, 2013 more info

    by Dave Begel, On Milwaukee.com; A frequent pitfall for playwrights that write comedies is a temptation to wind things up at the end with some meaningful reform for the comics that turns them into serious human beings. Most often those attempts end up being sappy and sending an audience home with decidedly mixed feelings wondering whether they were supposed to be laughing all that time. Nothing like that plagues "Things Being What They Are," the Wendy MacLeod play that opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

     
  • November 24, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... But as MacLeod's smartly written, warm and funny play makes clear, such stereotyping isn't fair to men, and it certainly isn't fair to this moving and entertaining production, which marks the talented Michael Cotey's Chamber directorial debut and features winning performances from actors Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach.

     
  • November 24, 2013 more info

    by Tom Strini, Tom Strini Writes; Like Kramer on Seinfeld and before him Howard Borden on Bob Newhart, Jack Foster intrudes into a neighbor's unit when he pleases, arrives armed with wisecracks and proves hard to dislodge.

     
  • November 20, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest.com; Writers have played with the “odd couple” dynamic even before Neil Simon gave the trope its name. With “Things Being What They Are,” writer Wendy MacLoed has tapped into that same paradigm, tossing together two totally different guys united only by the big life developments that face them. And according to the men Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has tapped to fill those oddly coupled shoes, Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach, she’s done an excellent job of finding new ground to forge in that relationship.

     
  • November 17, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; This Friday marks the opening of Michael Cotey's first directorial assignment for Milwaukee Chamber's mainstage season: a production of Wendy MacLeod's "Things Being What They Are." ... Cotey said, "The gymnastics of the piece aren't in the mechanics of how it's presented, but in the through-line of the thoughts and conversation. That's a totally new thing for me."

     
  • November 16, 2013 more info

    Watch this WISN (Ch 12) interview with THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE director Michael Cotey and actor Ryan Schabach!

     
  • November 04, 2013 more info

    An interview with director Michael Cotey, by Matt Wickey; ...It is this dedication and mission that allows both MCT and its friends to celebrate the work of artists like Michael Cotey, director of MCT’s upcoming quirky, bro-mantic comedy THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE by Wendy MacLeod. Michael is a Milwaukee-based director and actor who enjoys an incredibly impressive resume, working in nearly every theatre company in the city.

     
  • October 28, 2013 more info

    Things Being What They Are media release

     
  • October 13, 2013 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Wisconsin playwright Kimberly Megna Yarnall's WAITING comes to the Broadway Theatre Center this month courtesy of a staged reading with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The play is a comic look at the journey to parenthood as a contemporary couple deals with the difficulties of infertility.

     
  • September 23, 2013 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Kerr has a very approachable kind of vulnerability onstage. As witnessed in shows like Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's The Sweetest Swing in Baseball some and Renaissance Theaterworks' Burn This, Kerr he has a way of delivering a character's inner thoughts that doesn't overplay the intellectual side of the character in the body language or any kind of physical manifestation.

     
  • September 23, 2013 more info

    by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; It becomes ever more clear as the journey takes us along that you better beware when you search, for what you find may well not be what you expected. That’s at the core of the fascination with "The Detective’s Wife," the one-woman show that had a triumphant opening over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

     
  • September 23, 2013 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; Keith Huff was born in Wisconsin, made his career as a playwright in Chicago, and has since gone on to be a big player in prestige cable dramas like Mad Men. In fact, while he was able to visit Milwaukee Chamber Theatre at the first rehearsal of The Detective’s Wife, he had to miss the opening weekend to attend the Emmy Awards—as one of the producers of the well-nominated House of Cards.

     
  • September 23, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Why do we read mysteries? Alice Conroy — lone character in Keith Huff's "The Detective's Wife," which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under Jim Tasse's direction — suggests that mysteries' often formulaic solutions help distract us from those larger existential quandaries we can't even face, let alone solve.

     
  • September 22, 2013 more info

    Anne Siegel, Total Theatre.com; Veteran Milwaukee stage actor Mary MacDonald Kerr fills the intimate Studio Theater with both anticipation and suspense in the one-woman show, The Detective’s Wife.

     
  • September 17, 2013 more info

    by Danielle McClune, Third Coast Daily.com; After acting in 20 productions at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, actress Mary MacDonald Kerr is doing something she’s never done, something quite impressive: she’s acting alone.

     
  • September 12, 2013 more info

    Check out the MCT blog for behind-the-scenes info on THE DETECTIVES' WIFE - artists, playwright & more!

     
  • August 29, 2013 more info

    Milwaukee, WI … Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) continues its 2013-2014 theatre season with the Milwaukee premiere of THE DETECTIVE’S WIFE by Keith Huff, September 18 – October 13, 2013. In addition to numerous plays, Keith Huff has written for the television series “House of Cards” and “Mad Men.” This one-woman show features Milwaukee favorite Mary MacDonald Kerr who was last seen at MCT in THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL. The show is also a production collaboration with the UW-Milwaukee Theatre Department. UWM professor Jim Tasse will direct and the production team members are UWM faculty and students.

     
  • August 15, 2013 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; “Art,” by the French playwright Yasmina Reza, is both thought-provoking and funny. The wonderful set design by Keith Pitts is evocative of the non-representational art of Piet Mondrian and sets the stage for a 90-minute discussion of art and a window into the nature of perception and the challenges of friendship. At times, the discussion becomes a bit gritty.

     
  • August 14, 2013 more info

    by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; What really constitutes “art”? Market value? Personal perception? The opinion of experts? Or are all these factors just in the eye of the beholder and the beholden?

     
  • August 12, 2013 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; A lot has happened in the near-20-years since Yasmina Reza’s play, Art, took Paris by storm. The art market—along with the world economy--has gone through a few booms and busts. The world of the well-heeled—or at least our perceptions of it—has changed considerably. I’m guessing a man like Serge with $200,000 to spare would be more inclined to spend it on a Maserati or a little pied a terre in Provence than on a 4 x 5 foot “white” painting.

     
  • August 12, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily.com; That always-watching attitude is on display from the actors in MCT’s first show of the season, ‘Art,’ as well.Tyler Marchant, who directs the Tony Award-winning comedy, places its three actors – including Wright, strutting the boards himself for a change – in chairs lined up against the stage’s back wall, so they remain onstage the whole time, even when they aren’t actively in scenes. “I love the idea that these friends are back there listening to their friends talk about them in private,” Wright said. “It was a wonderful way to kick off our theme.”

     
  • August 11, 2013 more info

    by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with Yasmina Reza’s Art.The play captures the nuances of friendship – the ties that bind and, perhaps, the ones no longer worth maintaining – through the lens of fine art. Specifically, it examines the 15-year friendship of three middle-aged men. One of them unknowingly strains the relationship between them when he purchases an expensive painting.

     
  • August 10, 2013 more info

    by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; After all the histrionics and after all the name-calling, and even some tears, the two friends faced each other across the width of the living room. Fifteen years they had been friends and now it seemed to be ending in bitterness and some confusion. Nobody seemed sure why this was happening. But one of the men, Marc, at least knew what had brought and kept them together.

     
  • August 10, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily.com; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has chosen to open their season with this Tony-winning comedy, a complex three-man showcase for Brian Mani (Marc), Tom Klubertanz (Yvan) and MCT’s producing artistic director C. Michael Wright (Serge) – and while the play may hinge on bitter disagreements between friends, it seems hard to imagine you and yours not agreeing that it’s a hilarious yet captivating start to MCT’s promising season.

     
  • August 10, 2013 more info

    By Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Over the years, I've seen some really, really impressive scenic design work onstage. Quite often the best work blends so erectly in with the rest of the action that it's easy not to notice. Every now and then, though there's a set that's so beautiful that the design almost becomes a character up there onstage with the rest of them. Having seen a second stand-out show featuring the work of Keith Pitts, I'm every bit as impressed with his work.

     
  • August 10, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Your best friend develops seemingly unaccountable tastes involving trashy movies, life partners or the Minnesota Vikings. Do you let it go or speak up? And if our dearest friends fall in love with things and people we detest, what does it say about our friendship? These are the sorts of questions on the table in Yasmina Reza's "Art," the smartly staged but underdeveloped comedy with which the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season on Friday night.

     
  • August 08, 2013 more info

    WUWM Lake Effect interview - - Would you spend $200,000 on a painting of a white background with white stripes? How would your closest friends react if you did? Such is the premise of Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” running at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre from August 8th to 25th, featuring Tom Klubertanz, C. Michael Wright, and Brian Mani.

     
  • August 04, 2013 more info

    by Heather Ronaldson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Many things can trigger charged conversations, among even the best of friends — a new hairstyle, an expensive car purchase or even a hideous painting. Whatever the entry point, the result is oh-so-telling in revealing how each individual values friendship in general and each other in particular.

     
  • July 29, 2013 more info

    In ‘ART,’ the character Serge purchases a piece of contemporary abstract art: a white painting with white diagonal lines. His substantial investment in the piece sparks a debate that threatens to shred three men’s friendships with one another.

     
  • July 27, 2013 more info

    Watch a WISN - Channel 12 interview with 'ART' director Tyler Marchant and actor Brian Mani.

     
  • July 11, 2013 more info

    'Art' media release

     
  • June 24, 2013 more info

    Individual tickets for our 2013-2014 Season are now on sale! Purchase tickets at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office (158 N. Broadway) by phone 414.291.7800 or online.

     
  • May 23, 2013 more info

    Join MCT for our 2013 Gala on June 21, 2013. Participate in an evening of libations, delectable fare, entertainment, a silent auction, and the chance to mingle with MCT artists! Please RSVP by June 7.

     
  • May 08, 2013 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre seeks a part time audience development coordinator to manage the company’s group sales and community outreach efforts.

     
  • April 19, 2013 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; With Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre renders another compelling illustration of why P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Jeeves and Wooster continue to hold a distinctive appeal nearly a century after they first appeared on the printed page. Director Tami Workentin balances a rather intricately light comedic script on the shoulders of a talented cast.

     
  • April 18, 2013 more info

    Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman/GM Today; Farces are fun, especially those tinged with Brit wit. Playwright Margaret Raether is obviously of like mind as she has already transformed three of P.G. Wodehouse’s short stories into farcical comedies, and all three are delighting audiences in many American cities, including Milwaukee.

     
  • April 16, 2013 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre welcomes spring to the Cabot Stage at the Broadway Theatre Center with their current production of the wild and witty Jeeves In Bloom. Margaret Raether’s delightful adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories winks at British society with marvelous charm. Stories where the boyishly brash Bertie Wooster survives only by advice given through his impeccable butler Jeeves.

     
  • April 16, 2013 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; There’s also a battle between chaos and order in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom, Margaret Raether’s play drawn from several of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories.

     
  • April 13, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Given the miserable spring we've been having, I probably don't need to explain the appeal of a play titled "Jeeves in Bloom," the second of Margaret Raether's three stage adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse stories and novels featuring Bertie Wooster's ever-capable valet.

     
  • April 13, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; Thank heavens, Jeeves is back! Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season closer, is the spiritual sequel to Jeeves Intervenes, another treatment of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories about a brilliant valet who gets his master, Bertie Wooster, out of innumerable scrapes. MCT staged the first Margaret Raether adaptation in 2010, and has brought back director Tami Workentin and Matt Daniels as Jeeves in an attempt to recreate the splendor of that previous production.

     
  • April 11, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; It’s understandable that an actor might have the opportunity to play a certain role more than once in their career. But to play the same character in multiple plays – especially given the relatively small number of plays which feature overlapping characters – is much less likely.

     
  • April 08, 2013 more info

    Join Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) for an opportunity to hear an insightful presentation by JEEVES IN BLOOM playwright Margaret Raether. In this fun and informative presentation, Ms. Raether will share her knowledge of the work of literary master P.G. Wodehouse and how she has turned her passion for his work into three plays.

     
  • April 07, 2013 more info

    In the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's new production, "Jeeves in Bloom," Matt Daniels returns as the greatest manservant and straight man a fellow could ever hope for.

     
  • April 04, 2013 more info

    Check out the MCT blog for behind-the-scenes info, interviews with the cast and more!

     
  • March 26, 2013 more info

    Wit. Fun. Delight. All attractive rewards for diving into Wodehouse’s fictional England, a world of rich young gentlemen, their servants, friends, fiancées, and quirky family; of country houses, French chefs, and telegrams from London. But what, beyond the glitter, makes this work last? What keeps readers returning to Wodehouse?

     
  • March 25, 2013 more info

    Meet the JEEVES IN BLOOM cast!

     
  • March 20, 2013 more info

    Milwaukee, WI. …P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved comic characters will once again come to life on the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) stage this spring in JEEVES IN BLOOM, April 11-28, 2013.

     
  • March 20, 2013 more info

    by Emily Carl, Third Coast Digest.com; "Artistic director C. Michael Wright says the festival was designed to further one of the theater’s major goals that doesn’t always peek out from behind the curtain: helping new artists develop."

     
  • March 18, 2013 more info

    March 21-24, 2013 -- MCT presents a showcase of three one-act plays written by the winners of our high school playwriting competition.

     
  • March 14, 2013 more info

    Milwaukee, WI… Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) is celebrating young writers with its sixth Young Playwrights Festival March 21-24, 2013. The festival features three one-act plays from the winners of our high school playwriting competition.

     
  • February 27, 2013 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big cast and a bigger budget.

     
  • February 26, 2013 more info

    by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Noted Wisconsin Actor James Ridge takes audiences on a journey around the world – and perhaps through the vagaries of their own souls – in an offbeat, one-person drama, Underneath the Lintel. Ridge, who has performed at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI, for 16 years, is no stranger to Milwaukee audiences, either.

     
  • February 25, 2013 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, MilwaukeeMag.com; ...I want to sing its praises and shout from my little molehill: “This play, this production is extraordinary, funny, riveting, moving.” James Ridge delivers the most vibrant, detailed and full-blooded performance I've seen in a long time. Anywhere. Director Michael Wright draws both nuance and full-throated vitality from Berger’s devilishly clever script, a detective story that reaches back in time and joyously grasps at some of the great mysteries of the ages.

     
  • February 24, 2013 more info

    by Dave Begel; OnMilwaukee.com; ... James Ridge, a regular member of the American Players in Spring Green, turns in a performance that makes you gasp in wonder as director C. Michael Wright leads him through a stunning and mysterious journey to which we are all privileged watchers...

     
  • February 24, 2013 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Midway through his extraordinary solo performance in Glen Berger's "Underneath the Lintel" - being staged by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre under C. Michael Wright's direction - James Ridge asks the audience whether we'd recognize a miracle if we saw one.

     
  • February 23, 2013 more info

    by Matthew Reddin; Third Coast Digest.com; The first thing you notice about the strange gentleman who stumbles onto Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s black box studio stage is that he never stops moving. He twitches, paces, spins, gestures, moves for his chair and then darts away to scribble something else on the blackboard. It’s a restlessness that is – well, it’s tragic, really, but you won’t know that for a while.

     
  • February 21, 2013 more info

    by Mike Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Life is – or should be – a journey of self-discovery. Those of us who fail to initiate that quest are often prodded by life’s circumstances down roads they wouldn’t otherwise have chosen.

     
  • February 21, 2013 more info

    by Cheryl Figueroa, Third Coast Digest.com; James Ridge, a 16-year veteran of American Players Theatre of Spring Green, will play The Librarian, the one and only role in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Underneath the Lintel, by Glen Berger. MCT artistic director C. Michael Wright is directing Ridge.

     
  • February 20, 2013 more info

    Listen to Bonnie North's interview with James Ridge & C. Michael Wright about UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL.

     
  • February 17, 2013 more info

    True to its mission to nurture local artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of PLAZA HOTEL BALLROOM, by Milwaukee based playwright Alice Austen, on Monday, March 4, 2013. Click "more info" for the full release.

     
  • February 08, 2013 more info

    Watch this fun video about our upcoming production of UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, Feb. 20 - March 17! Click "more info" for the link

     
  • February 07, 2013 more info

    People often ask me how I choose the scripts we produce. Truth be told, it can often be a rather lengthy and involved process. Take Glen Berger’s UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL as a case in point.

     
  • January 30, 2013 more info

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  • January 29, 2013 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) is seeking an experienced development professional to become the theatre’s Development Manager. Job Description: A candidate who has demonstrated strong donor relation skills as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills will thrive in this role. Ability to manage multiple tasks independently, and as part of a professional and volunteer team, is necessary. Experience in the arts is a plus. Must be able to write and speak persuasively about the organization’s mission and build relationships resulting in approximately $500,000 in contributed income from foundations, corporations, individuals and events. The position reports to, and is supported by, the Managing Director. Click more info for a detailed description. Cover letter & resume should be sent to kirsten@chamber-theatre.com

     
  • January 07, 2013 more info

    During the fall of 2012, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre collaborated with Nova High School (MPS Partner School) to introduce drama students to live theatre, prompting them to write and perform their own work in class.

     
  • December 28, 2012 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... Wisconsin playwright Gwendolyn Rice's "A Thousand Words," jointly staged by Madison's Forward Theater and the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, urged us to look harder and see better so that we might learn to write true about our world and ourselves.

     
  • December 03, 2012 more info

    This holiday season MCT is pleased to offer $10 OFF tickets for any performance of COLLECTED STORIES to patrons who donate a non-perishable food item to the Hunger Task Force.

     
  • November 25, 2012 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; "It’s a quiet, unassuming moment that passes in a blink, but it neatly contains the most profound idea in Collected Stories, which opened this weekend in a deeply moving production by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.'

     
  • November 25, 2012 more info

    Watch a COLLECTED STORIES preview video featuring performance footage and interviews with Sarah Day, Laura Frye & C. Michael Wright. Click "more info" for the link

     
  • November 24, 2012 more info

    by Danielle McClune, Third Coast Digest.com; "Collected Stories, which opened at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Friday, handles the complexities of authorship and mentorship with precision. The performances are exceptional, invoking the complications inherent in creativity."

     
  • November 22, 2012 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; ...Yet with a play as focused on family relationships as Collected Stories is, it’s hard not to see some serendipity there. The play follows two characters, Ruth (Sarah Day), a reclusive Jewish writer in her 60s, and Lisa (Laura Frye), a WASP-y grad student in her late 20s, over six years. The two women may not be literally related, but Wright says their dynamic is nonetheless a family one...

     
  • November 14, 2012 more info

    Come celebrate the holidays at the Broadway Theatre Center on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m! Wear your best ugly holiday sweater and enjoy drink specials, festive treats, a celebratory photo-op and our Ugliest of the Ugly sweater contest at 6:45 p.m. PLUS you can get $10 OFF tickets!

     
  • November 13, 2012 more info

    Check out the MCT Blog for a behind-the-scenes look at our production and rehearsal process.

     
  • November 09, 2012 more info

    MCT will be holding auditions for its 2012-2013 Young Playwrights Festival on Monday evening, December 3, 2012, from 6:00pm-10:00pm, by appointment only.

     
  • November 02, 2012 more info

    by Laura Loving, MCT Guest Educator; ... Margulies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has created an emotionally gripping play that pits the insecurities and pride of a seasoned writer from one generation (Ruth Steiner, played by Sarah Day) against the insecurities and panache of her young protégée (Lisa Morrison, played by Laura Frye) ...

     
  • October 29, 2012 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents COLLECTED STORIES by Donald Margulies, November 21 – December 16, 2012, in collaboration with Forward Theater Company of Madison. In COLLECTED STORIES two strong-willed writers from dramatically different backgrounds struggle with success. MCT has also produced Margulies’ plays BROOKLYN BOY (2009) and his Pulitzer Prize-winner DINNER WITH FRIENDS (2003). COLLECTED STORIES performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

     
  • October 04, 2012 more info

    by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express;Vern and Wally, adult brothers who haven’t lived together in years, return to cohabitate in their childhood home following their mother’s death. Outside, the neighborhood is falling apart, despite appearances of gentrification. Inside, their grip on reality is crumbling even more so, despite the siblings’ effort to somehow make sense of their lives. It’s the ghosts of the past that haunt them, and they can be found in the interior of the brothers’ minds and in the exterior of the fading façade called “home.”

     
  • October 04, 2012 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Company tries to encourage Wisconsin playwrights by staging their works. Each year, they produce a play by a local playwright, one Pulitzer-Prize winning work and a production in which they collaborate with a local college or university.

     
  • October 02, 2012 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s BROKEN AND ENTERED will definitely shatter the audience’s expectations at the conclusion. Similar to the glass window broken in the very first scene, when the audience waits through the blackness of a completely dark theatre before the cast enters on stage. The complex, richly nuanced world premiere production written by Kurt McGinnis Brown was featured at a play reading for MCT in 2010, and comes fully produced for their current season this fall courtesy of the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series.

     
  • October 02, 2012 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, MilwaukeeMag.com; Windows aren’t the only things shattered in Kurt McGinnis Brown’s Broken and Entered, which received its premiere production at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre this weekend. While the first thing we hear is the splintering of glass and whispers in a dark room, the damage here has a deep history. The burglars at work here are brothers Vern and Wally, who are not your usual sort of thieves, given their haul usually includes things like dishware and other family’s framed snapshots.

     
  • October 01, 2012 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; The first few moments of anything are critically important. So when Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s BROKEN AND ENTERED begins in total darkness, with a team of penlight-wielding burglars fumbling around on set, you know you’re in for something different than your average piece of theater.

     
  • October 01, 2012 more info

    by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; There is so much to like about this play. It's wonderful that Chamber is giving a shot to a local playwright, a far too rare happenstance in Milwaukee. The play also has a very interesting and unique story.

     
  • September 30, 2012 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Every home remodeling project is also about starting over, but I'll wager that nobody reading these words has taken this idea quite as far as Vern and Wally, the two brothers featured in Wisconsin playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown's "Broken and Entered."

     
  • September 27, 2012 more info

    Lake Effect interview - WUWM 89.7 FM; Bonnie North interviews playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown, director Suzan Fete and actress Marti Gobel.

     
  • September 26, 2012 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, through its Montgomery Davis Play Development Program, has brought a number of new plays by Wisconsin writers to the stage. The latest, Kurt McGinnis Brown’s Broken and Entered, opens Friday at the Broadway Theatre Center.

     
  • September 25, 2012 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Milwaukee theaters open two new plays this weekend that tackle stories of economic dislocation, but with distinctly different tones. At the Broadway Theatre Center, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents the world premiere of Madison playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown's "Broken and Entered," a moody, intimate drama of brothers down on their luck who turn to burglary, and a rich woman who becomes involved with them.

     
  • September 21, 2012 more info

    by Mike Muckian; Madison playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown, like most authors, was originally counseled to write about what he knew. One of the results of that advice is “Broken and Entered,” a play with roots in his figurative as well literal experiences.

     
  • September 03, 2012 more info

    by Linda Loving; Playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown shares inspirations and insights about BROKEN AND ENTERED.

     
  • August 29, 2012 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the world premiere of BROKEN AND ENTERED by Madison-based playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown, September 26 – October 14, 2012. After presenting a staged reading of the piece in 2010, MCT brings this new play, which examines changing neighborhoods and perceptions, to its mainstage. BROKEN AND ENTERED performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. CLICK 'MORE INFO' TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL RELEASE

     
  • August 28, 2012 more info

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  • August 18, 2012 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; You know Murray Burns. He’s a Seize-The-Day kind of guy who has no patience for the drudging 9 to 5. He’s always quick with a joke, and lives his life—it seems—to increase his corner-bar repertory of stories.

     
  • August 16, 2012 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The award-winning play and film “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner, still has something to say to us almost 50 years after its inception. It raises a lot of questions, most of which concern the distinction between a child and an adult, definitions which cannot be derived by age alone.

     
  • August 15, 2012 more info

    by Anne Siegel, TotalTheater.com; Although decades have passed since this award-winning chestnut debuted on Broadway in 1964, the characters in A Thousand Clownsring as true today as they did then. The play revolves around the life of Murray Burns, a real-life Peter Pan. Despite the fact that he’s in his 30s, Murray just doesn’t want to grow up; “responsibility” is a dirty word in his vocabulary.

     
  • August 14, 2012 more info

    by Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theatre Examiner; Long before “out of the box” became a cliché, there was an American literary trope we could call “the free spirit”: From Auntie Mame to Harold and Maude, it depicts whimsical souls pitting themselves against a stiff, drab world. The first offering of Milwaukee Chamber Theater’s season, Herb Gardner’s 1962 Broadway hit A Thousand Clowns, fits neatly into that trajectory. This gentle satire is usually pegged as a celebration of non-conformity, but these days, when “freedom” has become the worship word of the hard right, the play is like a carnival mirror, reflecting a weirdly inverted image of our times.

     
  • August 14, 2012 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season with a production of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. The 1960s classic offers an even mix of comedy and drama, featuring depth of emotion in characters that are all quite complex and sympathetically rendered.

     
  • August 13, 2012 more info

    by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; "Mounting an old play for today's audience is fraught with risk, but great acting, great direction and a wonderful environment can reduce that risk. In the case of "A Thousand Clowns," which opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, that risk is not only reduced but eliminated."

     
  • August 13, 2012 more info

    By Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, ...In Broken and Entered, the first of the three Studio shows, two white brothers in their 30s move back in their late parents’ house after the neighborhood has turned mostly African-American. They reinvent themselves as burglars and steal luxury items from upscale suburbanites. One of them falls for a wealthy black woman intent on gentrifying the neighborhood.

     
  • August 12, 2012 more info

    During the run of A THOUSAND CLOWNS, the Skylight Bar & Bistro on the second floor is open two hours before performances and during intermission. Patrons can enjoy full bar service and pre-performance dinners and lunches. Click 'more info' for a menu link.

     
  • August 11, 2012 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "West's cast repeatedly hits pay dirt, earning well-deserved laughter without shying away from the underlying sadness - a recognition of the compromises involved in being human - at the heart of great comedy."

     
  • August 10, 2012 more info

    by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; "Could they have accomplished such a subtle group acting task without a director of extraordinary insight? No. That director would be Jonathan West, who clearly understands both the big arc of the play and the timing of one-liners and visual comedy. Some screamingly funny moments, many with no words at all, punctuate the existential crises and arguments in Act 3."

     
  • August 08, 2012 more info

    Click "more info" to see a great Milwaukee Journal Sentinel preview video about A THOUSAND CLOWNS.

     
  • August 06, 2012 more info

    Check out the MCT blog for fun interviews with the cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Click "more info" for the link

     
  • July 30, 2012 more info

    The cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Matt Daniels, Thomas Kindler, Tom Klubertanz, Patrick Lawlor, Beth Mulkerron & Stephan Roselin

     
  • July 18, 2012 more info

    Milwaukee, WI. … Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) opens the 2012-2013 theatre season with the comic chestnut A THOUSAND CLOWNS by Herb Gardner, August 9-26, 2011 Milwaukee theatre favorite Jonathan West makes his MCT main stage directing debut with this classic from 1962. Click "more info" for full release.

     
  • July 15, 2012 more info

    by Linda Loving, MCT Board member; (IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: There are no clowns appearing on stage in A THOUSAND CLOWNS; no red noses, no big shoes, no cotton candy, nothing.) Fifty years later, it’s never too late and not a minute too soon to experience the delightful dialogue and depth of Herb Gardner’s 1962 award-winning comedy A THOUSAND CLOWNS. Six quirky yet winsome characters dance in and out of each other’s New York City lives for two days, resulting in choices and insights which will last a lifetime.

     
  • July 10, 2012 more info

    MCT L1KES is about energizing our facebook community! MCT loves to interact with our theatre community, fans and patrons on facebook and we want even more people to have the opportunity to be MCT insiders! Now through August 31, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is campaigning for 1,000 new likes on facebook. Our goal of a thousand (1000) ‘likes’ is inspired by our 2012-13 season opener A THOUSAND CLOWNS (Aug 9-26).

     
  • July 02, 2012 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT), Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) are excited to announce the “Exploring Jewish Voices" series.

     
  • June 05, 2012 more info

    MCT has several employment and internship opportunities available for the coming season! Positions include wardrobe supervisor, Young Playwrights Festival designers and production staff and stage management internships. Click more info for details-

     
  • April 24, 2012 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; William Inge's classic Bus Stop is a fun ensemble piece. It's light enough that one doesn't have to over-think it, but also deep enough to offer complexity for those interested in a bit more.

     
  • April 24, 2012 more info

    by Damien Jaques, OnMilwaukee.com; Milwaukee audiences, meet Anne Walaszek and Brenna Kempf. They may be undergraduate theater students at UW-Parkside, but they are key contributors to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's pitch-perfect production of "Bus Stop" that opened last weekend.

     
  • April 24, 2012 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; What does it mean - and take - to love someone? That's the question on the table in every William Inge play, but it's never asked with more humor than in "Bus Stop," in which a bus driver and his four passengers join three locals in a rural coffee shop, where they'll spend the night waiting out a blizzard.

     
  • April 22, 2012 more info

    WPR & MCT present Old Time Radio Drama, featuring two live stage performances "The Lonely Road" and "Rocket from Manhattan" broadcast from the Cabot Theatre. Both pieces will be introduced by WPR host Norman Gilliland and directed by Lawrence University professor Timothy X. Troy. The cast features Gilliland, Troy, Bill Finn, David Flores, Marcella Kearns, April Paul and Lawrence University students Josh Kowitz and Erik Morrison. Don't miss this special Milwaukee performance! Tickets: $10. Broadway Theatre Center Box Office 414.291.7800 or online.

     
  • April 18, 2012 more info

    by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; ...presently delighting audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It is the seasonal closer in a very rich run of offerings.

     
  • April 16, 2012 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, PS Performing Arts.com; Often admired as the “Playwright of the Midwest,” William Inge gleaned inspiration from the people he met in America’s heartland.

     
  • April 16, 2012 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; William Inge’s Bus Stop is a play with a simple premise: A snowstorm strands five travelers at a diner in ‘50s-era Kansas, forcing their lives to intersect with each other and with the lives of the diner’s employees. As Milwaukee Chamber Theatre does it, the execution is anything but simple. This complex, powerful play shouldn’t be missed.

     
  • April 16, 2012 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, InsideMilwaukee.com (Milwaukee Magazine); ...this beautifully rendered production certainly shows that Inge isn’t simply a purveyor of Heartland hokum.

     
  • April 10, 2012 more info

    BUS STOP features a cast of eight including both professional actors and theatre students. The established actors include MCT Education Director/Literary Manager Jacque Troy, Dan Katula and making their MCT debuts Doug Jarecki, Patrick Lawlor, and UWP theatre professor Jamie Cheatham. UWP theatre majors Ethan Hall, Brenna Kempf and Anne Walaszek also make their MCT debuts in this collaborative production.

     
  • April 04, 2012 more info

    MCT has created YouTube preview videos for all five 2012-2013 productions! Click 'more info' to watch-

     
  • April 03, 2012 more info

    William Inge was born in May of 1913 and raised in Independence, a small southeastern Kansas town. Inge developed a curiosity for theatre during his adolescent and teen years, inspired by touring companies

     
  • April 03, 2012 more info

    While Inge calls the play a comedy, this is a serious comedy and the themes that hold the play together are not about the extremes of human nature and behavior, but rather about those things that bring us together and, ultimately, keep us apart.

     
  • March 22, 2012 more info

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  • March 19, 2012 more info

    TODAY ONLY! To celebrate the first day of spring (3/20), we are offering 40% OFF tickets to any performance of BUS STOP!

     
  • March 07, 2012 more info

    What makes Milwaukee? Theater. Words. Photography. In fact, Milwaukee Chamber Theater's production of A Thousand Words, written by Gwendolyn Rice, is what is making Milwaukee right now.

     
  • February 23, 2012 more info

    by Damien Jaques, OnMilwaukee.com; "A Thousand Words" is a smart and entertaining drama that deserves to receive more productions across the country. Even off-Broadway should not be beyond its grasp.

     
  • February 21, 2012 more info

    by Anne Siegel, Shepherd Express; Thankfully, it doesn't take “a thousand words” to describe the world premiere that opened at the Broadway Theatre Center's intimate Studio Theatre on Friday. In fact, only a few will do: “brilliant,” “witty,” “well crafted” and “entertaining.” There's also the word “go,” as in, “go see this show.”

     
  • February 20, 2012 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Inside Milwaukee.com; ...It’s just one of the many cannily rendered scenes in Gwendolyn Rice’s new play, which is receiving its world premiere in a joint production by MCT and Madison’s Forward Theatre...

     
  • February 19, 2012 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but can it ever do justice to the ghosts caught in the frame? Should we even care, as long as the resulting images entertain - and sell?

     
  • February 17, 2012 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "A Thousand Words," Gwendolyn Rice's new play inspired by the great photographer Walker Evans, takes place in Kansas and New York, and involves Cuba. But the Madison playwright's Wisconsin work experiences raised crucial questions she pursues in the play.

     
  • February 16, 2012 more info

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviews A THOUSAND WORDS playwright Gwendolyn Rice!

     
  • February 15, 2012 more info

    Watch John McGivern's "Footlights Minute" interview with actress Molly Rhode!

     
  • February 14, 2012 more info

    by Jenna Kashou, Inside Milwaukee.com; Just as life can be unexpected, inspiration can also happen at serendipitous or seemingly irrelevant moments. Like reading a newspaper, for example. An article about a set of old photographs by a Depression-era photographer, propelled Madison-based playwright Gwen Rice into a research frenzy back in 2004.

     
  • February 09, 2012 more info

    Check out this new preview video for A THOUSAND WORDS featuring footage from the Madison production and interviews with director Jennifer Uphoff Gray and actors Georgina McKee & Molly Rhode. (Click more info to watch)

     
  • February 08, 2012 more info

    2004: Playwright Gwendolyn Rice stumbles upon “a newspaper account of when the photos were found amongst (Ernest) Hemingway’s possessions. I had never heard of Walker Evans, but the story really intrigued me.”

     
  • February 08, 2012 more info

    “There is no single work of art or literature that summarizes the deep concern with poverty in the 1930s. The work of documentary photographers like Walker Evans may come the closest, in part because the unvarnished humanity of their subjects seemed to transcend its historical moment.” ~Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, by Morris Dickstein

     
  • January 26, 2012 more info

    by Lindsay Christians, 77 Square; For Madison writer Gwendolyn Rice, there’s always one character in each of her plays with whom she’s a little infatuated. In “A Thousand Words,” that character is Walker Evans.

     
  • January 26, 2012 more info

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  • January 22, 2012 more info

    by Lindsay Christians, 77 Square; How an artist changes the people around him, whether it's with a photograph, a compliment or a famous legacy, is at the core of Gwendolyn Rice's insightful play "A Thousand Words,"

     
  • January 21, 2012 more info

    by Jennifer A. Smith, Isthmus; ...the production (which moves to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre after its Overture run) is entertaining, thought-provoking and a very welcome chance to see new work.

     
  • January 19, 2012 more info

    by Andrew Winistorfer, A.V. Club; In A Thousand Words, photographer Walker Evans accepts a government job documenting the lives of dustbowl farmers in 1930s Kansas. At the same time, he also accepts a partner: a reluctant writer named Shirley Hughes who will supply the narrative to accompany his images. Eighty years later, some of Evans's photos are discovered in the personal effects of another writer: Ernest Hemingway.

     
  • January 18, 2012 more info

    by Kate Vaughn, Madison Magazine; Juxtaposing the present day with the 1930s, stories unfold to pose the question: How much is a photograph truly worth?

     
  • January 14, 2012 more info

    Wisconsin State Journal; How "A Thousand Words" came about: The play was conceived after I read a small newspaper article about the owner of a bar in Key West, Fla. He stumbled upon a treasure trove of books, fishing gear, and personal effects from one of the bar's most famous patrons — Ernest Hemingway. Among these items were a collection of black and white photos taken by Walker Evans.

     
  • January 04, 2012 more info

    An interview with C. Michael Wright & Jacque Troy; Michael & Jacque were recently interviewed about MCT's involvement in the development of A THOUSAND WORDS and our mission to support emerging playwrights.

     
  • December 17, 2011 more info

    Sharp and funny performances from Ruth Schudson, Michael A. Torrey and Jonathan West allowed director C. Michael Wright and the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to rescue "Driving Miss Daisy" from the overly sentimental cul-de-sac in which "Daisy" - and too many other dramas about race - often find themselves.

     
  • December 01, 2011 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; "Heroes, is sheer pleasure from beginning to end."

     
  • November 30, 2011 more info

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviewed HEROES cast members Richard Halverson, Daniel Mooney & Robert Spencer for Lake Effect.

     
  • November 28, 2011 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Inside Milwaukee.com; ...But in Stoppard’s and Sibleyras’s hands, a kind of beautiful and comic chamber music unfolds.

     
  • November 28, 2011 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; "...Spencer, Mooney and Halverson flesh out their characters with details lesser actors might omit..."

     
  • November 27, 2011 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ...Under C. Michael Wright's direction, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened a production of "Heroes" on Friday night featuring three Milwaukee stage veterans: Richard Halverson, Daniel Mooney and Robert Spencer.

     
  • November 26, 2011 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, PostScript Performing Arts; "Halverson, Mooney and Spencer absolutely shine"

     
  • November 16, 2011 more info

    Visit www.mkechamber.blogspot.com for behind-the-scenes details about HEROES and more!

     
  • November 03, 2011 more info

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  • November 03, 2011 more info

    by Jacque Troy, Education Director/Literary Manager; ...To quote the astute summation of his work by one journalist, “Stoppard is always written about as if he were an intellectual acrobat. But behind the intellectual high jinx there lurks an often passionate humanist whose writing betrays an increasing concern both with the abuse of freedom and the nature of love.”

     
  • November 03, 2011 more info

    Often while I’m playing host in the lobby before a show, patrons will come up to me with thoughts about plays for future production. I always try to listen politely and take in their ideas, even when some suggestions are quite beyond our means. But every so often, someone comes forward with a recommendation that is a little piece of gold. Such is the case with HEROES.

     
  • October 26, 2011 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; In a way, human history could be described as a collection of stories of people being forced to meet each other.

     
  • October 21, 2011 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express blog; Seeing three shows a week, I often tend to forget the sheer joy of the most basic elements of theatre. C. Michael Wright hands you a tiny matchbox.

     
  • October 20, 2011 more info

    by Damien Jaques, OnMilwaukee.com; Actress Ruth Schudson has had 65 opening nights with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the company she co-founded with Montgomery Davis in 1975. Along the way she became Milwaukee's Judi Dench.

     
  • October 18, 2011 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Trusting a stellar cast and the script they're charged with interpreting, Wright and the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre give us a "Daisy" worth driving downtown to see.

     
  • October 17, 2011 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Inside Milwaukee/Milwaukee Magazine; In the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s beautifully tender new production, the scenes flit by with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it brevity – almost as if they were glimpsed through the window of Daisy Werthan’s passing car

     
  • October 17, 2011 more info

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviewed Ruth Schudson for Lake Effect

     
  • October 13, 2011 more info

    Jonathan West returns to MCT after appearing in TALLEY'S FOLLY in 2008. He is currently the managing director of Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. An actor, director and theatre administrator, he has worked at companies including Bialystock & Bloom, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Opera Theatre and Next Act Theatre. To gain further insights about Jonathan, we asked him a few questions about himself and his upcoming performance as Boolie.

     
  • October 13, 2011 more info

    by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ruth Schudson, stepping into her 65th role for the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, has played in Shaw and Shakespeare, "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Hay Fever," T.S. Eliot and Neil Simon. But she will tell you flat out there is one part she hates to play: the role of Ruth Schudson in the spotlight.

     
  • October 07, 2011 more info

    Michael Torrey makes his MCT debut in DRIVING MISS DAISY as Hoke Coleburn. Past Milwaukee appearances include shows at Next Act Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater. A Chicago resident, Michael has performed with numerous Chicago companies and other regional theatres. To gain further insights about Michael, we asked him a few questions about himself and his upcoming performance as Hoke.

     
  • October 01, 2011 more info

    by Nancy Weiss-McQuide, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle; Many actors — and painters and musicians — have felt that their art was somehow “in my blood.” Actor Ruth Schudson, co-founder of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, is one of them.

     
  • September 21, 2011 more info

    Director C. Michael Wright shares details about his collaboration with scenic designer Steve Barnes to create the world of DRIVING MISS DAISY.

     
  • September 16, 2011 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic DRIVING MISS DAISY, October 13-30, 2011. MCT co-founder Ruth Schudson will perform the title role – which also marks her 65th production with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. DRIVING MISS DAISY performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

     
  • September 07, 2011 more info

    When MCT co-founder Ruth Schudson takes the stage in DRIVING MISS DAISY this fall it will mark her 65th production with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre! This occasion is a great opportunity to tell you more about our remarkable co-founder.

     
  • September 07, 2011 more info

    Every year, I’m grateful to be on the final reading panel for Wisconsin Wrights. This five-year-old organization, created and sustained by UW-Madison faculty and staff, provides opportunities for emerging Wisconsin playwrights, which is reason enough to applaud their efforts. But through MCT’s four-year partnership with them, we’ve had even more reasons to cheer.

     
  • September 06, 2011 more info

    MCT's Montgomery Davis Play Development Series presents a staged reading of OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN, by Wisconsin-based playwright Lori Matthews, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

     
  • August 31, 2011 more info

    Watch a DRIVING MISS DAISY preview video now! Just click 'more info'

     
  • August 15, 2011 more info

    by Jenna Kashou, InsideMilwaukee.com; It’s important to remember while your family may seem crazy, there is always another more dysfunctional. Take, for example, the Magrath sisters in Crimes of the Heart.

     
  • August 13, 2011 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript: Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) opens their season by transforming "one very bad day" on the Cabot Stage into one thoroughly entertaining evening. This one chaotic day at the Broadway Theatre Center in the 1981 Pulitzer Prize production Crimes of the Heart presents the three McGrath sisters from Hazlehurst, Mississippi who attempt to make sense of their rural Southern dysfunction.

     
  • August 13, 2011 more info

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; ...That’s not what Crimes of the Heart is like. True, the season opener for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is filled with moments like that, but director Mary MacDonald Kerr has crafted their collective tragicomic might into a strong, solid show...

     
  • August 13, 2011 more info

    by Mike Fischer; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...But hard as she tries to be solemn, Lenny can't stop laughing. Neither could Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Friday night audience, as they watched this bittersweet tale of three sisters trying to make lemonade - literally, at one point - from a lifetime's worth of awfully sour lemons...

     
  • August 11, 2011 more info

    by Tom Strini, ThirdCoastDigest.com; After spending eight years establishing herself as an actor in Chicago, Mary MacDonald Kerr married, moved to Paddock Lake, Wis., and had a couple of kids. She assumed she would continue her Chicago career, but that proved impossible. In 1995, on a whim, she auditioned for a Milwaukee Chamber Theatre show. The late Montgomery Davis, MCT’s founding artistic director, cast her. After that, Milwaukee in general and MCT in particular have been her professional home. Kerr has acted in 20 MCT productions.

     
  • August 01, 2011 more info

    by Jacque Troy, Education Director/Literary Manager; When Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright announced his plans for MCT to produce one Pulitzer Prize-winning play each season for five consecutive seasons, we all anticipated some truly captivating theatre. What not even Michael anticipated was just how difficult it would be to choose only five from the list of impressive contributions to our dramatic literature canon. As we’ve reached the end of his five-year plan, so gripping were the choices remaining that Michael decided we’d do two this season: CRIMES OF THE HEART by Beth Henley and DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry. Each had its own fascinating journey from new work to Pulitzer Prize winner to our stage.

     
  • August 01, 2011 more info

    Download the CRIMES OF THE HEART media release!

     
  • June 02, 2011 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is looking for a talented new graphic designer to design our 2012-2013 Season Brochure! Click more info for details-

     
  • June 01, 2011 more info

    by Mark Hrywna, The NonProfit Times; When the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) announced its 2011-12 season, the 20-page program brochure obviously focused heavily on the five plays to be featured. There was a black and white square in the lower right corner of some pages. It almost looks like a miniature Rorschach test. But scan the 1x1-inch image with a smartphone and it takes you to a YouTube video featuring MCT artistic director C. Michael Wright discussing the upcoming shows.

     
  • May 03, 2011 more info

    Check out some of the great press MCT received throughout the 2010-2011 season!

     
  • April 22, 2011 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine/Inside Milwaukee The Broadway Theater Center is earning its title these days. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter is a bit of a throwback to the Golden Age of the Great White Way, when the flash and dazzle of a Broadway production was located in true star-power and snappy writing rather than computerized special effects or overblown rock-opera scores.

     
  • April 21, 2011 more info

    by Harry Cherkinian, Wisconsin Gazette Family gatherings at the holidays can be a tricky business, especially if family members haven’t seen each other for a while. For the holiday gathering that sparks playwright James Goldman’s black comedy “The Lion in Winter,” revenge ends up being the main course served.

     
  • April 20, 2011 more info

    by Anne Siegel, Shepherd Express Many people recall The Lion in Winter as a 1968 Oscar-winning film starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole as an aging king and queen who struggle to hang onto their royal positions.

     
  • April 19, 2011 more info

    THE LION IN WINTER is a collaboration between MCT & Marquette University. Check out this preview video!

     
  • April 18, 2011 more info

    by Paul Masterson Third Coast Digest ...Marquette and MCT cleared the bar, with a traditional and well-executed staging...

     
  • April 18, 2011 more info

    -Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "I could listen to you lie for hours," King Henry says to Queen Eleanor in James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter." Yes, but can we? If it entails watching Tracy Michelle Arnold play Eleanor in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's just-opened production of "Winter" - a collaborative venture with Marquette University under C. Michael Wright's direction - the answer is a crowning "yes."

     
  • April 18, 2011 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff Express Milwaukee.com ...A joint production with the Marquette University Theatre program, this particular Lion mixes some of Marquette’s best young stage talent with inspired performances by a quartet of strikingly good Equity actors....

     
  • April 15, 2011 more info

    WUWM Lake Effect Bonnie North interviews THE LION IN WINTER cast members Tracy Michelle Arnold, Alexandra Bonesho & Brian Mani

     
  • April 14, 2011 more info

    by Anne Bolger, Marquette Tribune This year, Marquette students and faculty will join the cast and crew of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-ending “The Lion in Winter,” premiering tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center in the Third Ward.

     
  • April 10, 2011 more info

    by Jackie Loohauis-Bennett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Plots, betrayals and assassination attempts. "Well, every family has its ups and downs," says Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England.

     
  • March 28, 2011 more info

    The Lion in Winter media release

     
  • March 25, 2011 more info

    THE LION IN WINTER is presented in collaboration with Marquette University Theatre Arts. Twenty Marquette students and faculty will serve as actors, designers, understudies and various production personnel as part of MCT's "University Collaboration Series."

     
  • March 24, 2011 more info

    THE LION IN WINTER is the second production in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s University Collaboration Series. We have partnered with Marquette University Theatre Arts for a multi-faceted collaboration that is larger in scope and complexity than any other project of its kind in MCT history. At least 20 Marquette students and faculty are serving as actors, understudies, designers and production personnel.

     
  • March 23, 2011 more info

    We have created YouTube preview videos for all five 2011-12 productions! Click "more info" for a link

     
  • March 02, 2011 more info

    Check out this MAURITIUS video preview!

     
  • February 28, 2011 more info

    Listen to Adam Carr's 88nine Radio Milwaukee interview with cast members Sara Zientek & Jonathan Wainwright!

     
  • February 25, 2011 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine ...Theresa Rebeck’s 2009 play starts with a thing of value – a rare postage stamp rather than a buffalo-head nickel – and gives it the full Sierra Madre treatment. Handshakes become hand-to-hand combat as greed eats away at the thin veneer known as “our better selves.” ...

     
  • February 24, 2011 more info

    -by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express The collectors’ market can be very strange and intense, as evidenced by the fact that tiny scraps of paper can be worth a fortune to certain people. A well-written stage drama with brilliant flashes of comedy, Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius brings the intensity of the collectors’ market to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s latest production.

     
  • February 19, 2011 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel In 1993, a pair of 19th-century stamps from Mauritius sold for nearly $4 million. Were they worth it? And who gets to decide?

     
  • February 19, 2011 more info

    by Mary OHara Stacy, Third Coast Digest The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre offers an escape, of sorts, but not to the island nation of Mauritius, as the title of Theresa Rebeck’s play would imply. The play is more like a rollercoaster ride through the “stuff that dreams are made of.”

     
  • February 16, 2011 more info

    by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest “Stamps? Really!? Nobody thinks about stamps,” said Andrew Volkoff, who is directing a play about stamps for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

     
  • February 11, 2011 more info

    Winter 2011 Mauritius 2011-2012 Season Spring staged reading

     
  • February 08, 2011 more info

    Check out the MCT blog for a behind-the-scenes look at MAURITIUS!

     
  • February 07, 2011 more info

    Download the PDF for more information on the staged reading of AMONG THE SQUIRRELS.

     
  • February 04, 2011 more info

     
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  • December 06, 2010 more info

    Click "more info" below for links to THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES reviews!

     
  • December 02, 2010 more info

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  • November 24, 2010 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express Milwaukee Chamber Theatre brings a compelling, character-driven story to the stage with the Frank D. Gilroy drama The Subject Was Roses.A boy from the Bronx returns home from World War II to spend some time with his parents. Directed with compassion and precision by Milwaukee Chamber’s C. Michael Wright, the play isn’t as much about what happens to these characters as it is about who they are. It’s an opportunity for theatergoers to get to know three people quite intimately in the emotional proximity afforded by the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre.

     
  • November 24, 2010 more info

    by Damien Jaques, OnMilwaukee.com The kitchen sink drama is a category of theater that revolves around family problems and conflict. The action takes place in a home, and, yes, the set usually includes a kitchen sink. Frank D. Gilroy's 1965 Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Subject Was Roses" defines the genre. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's production of it that opened last weekend defines how to do it.

     
  • November 23, 2010 more info

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine/Inside Milwaukee You don’t have to look very far to see the lengths to which theater has gone to attract attention in a media saturated world: Broadway-style spectacle, non-narrative performance, movie stars on stage. Thank goodness Milwaukee Chamber Theatre reminds us of the powerful connection that forms the core of dramatic storytelling. The Subject Was Roses is as simple as one can imagine: a couple, their son, two rooms, two acts. Frank Gilroy’s 1964 drama has us share the lives of three people over the course of 24 hours, and most of us will leave feeling like we understand ourselves a little better.

     
  • November 22, 2010 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel In the final scene of playwright Frank D. Gilroy's "The Subject Was Roses," John Cleary rehearses what he will say to persuade his son Timmy - a just-returned World War II soldier, determined to live on his own - to stay with his parents.

     
  • November 21, 2010 more info

    by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Third Coast Digest Timmy Cleary comes home from World War II as the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s The Subject Was Roses begins. His parents, Nettie and John, celebrate his homecoming as other families in their working-class New York neighborhood mourn lost sons.

     
  • November 16, 2010 more info

    by Mike Fischer, Special to the Journal Sentinel "Almost a half-century ago, playwright Frank D. Gilroy's "The Subject Was Roses" won theater's Triple Crown, capturing the 1965 Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Featuring a young and then largely unknown Martin Sheen, it also enjoyed a long Broadway run of more than 800 performances."

     
  • November 15, 2010 more info

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express "The post-World War II era is often viewed in a heavily romanticized light. But for many people living in the period right after WWII, civil rights remained decades away. And the wholesome image of America’s nuclear family, popularized by mid-20th-century TV and radio sitcoms, was grossly idealized, masking an emotional darkness behind closed doors. Frank D. Gilroy’s 1964 drama The Subject Was Roses was an early exploration of the American family beyond its wholesome faade. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues its season with a production of Gilroy’s drama in the intimate Studio Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center. "

     
  • November 15, 2010 more info

    Fall 2010 WORDPlay newsletter: -Main-Travelled Roads -The Subject Was Roses -Young Playwrights Festival -and more!

     
  • November 01, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee, WI. … Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES by Frank D. Gilroy, November 18 – December 12, 2010. This humorous and poignant memoir about a son returning home to his parents after World War II is the fourth offering in MCT’s Pulitzer Prize series. C. Michael Wright directs MCT favorites Nicholas Harazin, James Tasse and Tami Workentin. THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

     
  • October 21, 2010 more info

    Check out this great behind the scenes video for MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS!

     
  • October 17, 2010 more info

    There are many compelling reasons to see the achingly tender musical adaptation of Hamlin Garland's "Main-Travelled Roads" by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. ...

     
  • October 14, 2010 more info

    by Damien Jaques OnMilwaukee.com "Main-Travelled Roads" ...That makes me pleased that the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will open "Main-Travelled Roads" at the Broadway Theatre Center tomorrow night. "Roads," which debuted in Door County in 2007, is a typical AFT musical -- folk music style with a Wisconsin connection and generous helpings of poignancy and humor. Its text is based on several short stories written by Hamlin Garland, who was born in 1860 in West Salem, Wis. and grew up on several state farms.

     
  • October 14, 2010 more info

    by Tom Strini Third Coast Digest We know Molly Rhode as a superb, versatile actress. Alissa Rhode, a composer-pianist by trade, has found her way into the pit as music director for several theaters around the state. They’re together atop Main-Travelled Roads, which the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and opens at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 15) in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center. The show marks Molly’s directorial debut in professional theater, but the two sisters have worked together often. ...

     
  • October 14, 2010 more info

    Musical is based on works of Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland By Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel Oct. 13, 2010 The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre loves a show with a literary pedigree. With "Main-Travelled Roads," MCT has embraced a homegrown one. This musical is based on three stories from an early collection of the same name by Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), a realistic chronicler of farmers and rural life.

     
  • October 14, 2010 more info

    Musical is based on works of Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland By Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel Oct. 13, 2010 The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre loves a show with a literary pedigree. With "Main-Travelled Roads," MCT has embraced a homegrown one. This musical is based on three stories from an early collection of the same name by Wisconsin native Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), a realistic chronicler of farmers and rural life.

     
  • October 13, 2010 more info

    Listen to Bonnie North's Lake Effect interview with MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS composer Paul Libman, playwright/librettist Dave Hudson and director Molly Rhode

     
  • October 04, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Milwaukee premiere of the musical MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS by Paul Libman and Dave Hudson, October 14-31, 2010. Based on the short stories of Wisconsin-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hamlin Garland, MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS debuted at American Folklore Theatre in Door County in 2007. It went on to win the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater in 2007. Milwaukee actor and theatre artist Molly Rhode makes her professional directing debut with this production. MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

     
  • October 04, 2010 more info

    There's still time to subscribe! A variety of packages available: 4-Play subscription $130/$120; 3-Play subscription $99/$93; Anytime Pass $132. Call 414.276.8842 to order today!

     
  • August 20, 2010 more info

    Translating a short story into a play, adding some characters of her own and maintaining the flavor and verve of the original is exactly what Margaret Raether accomplished in her exhilarating "Jeeves Intervenes," the season opener at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre on N. Broadway.

     
  • August 19, 2010 more info

    Decades before television brought the term "situation comedy" into our vocabulary, P.G. Wodehouse was writing sitcoms as novels and short stories. The Englishman was a prolific author who also penned plays and lyrics for musicals during a career that spanned more than 70 years.

     
  • August 18, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its 2010-2011 season with Jeeves Intervenes, a light, precisely executed comedy based on characters created by P.G. Wodehouse.

     
  • August 18, 2010 more info

    In these days of comedy snark and short ideological fuses, P.G. Wodehouse is a welcome balm of wit and generosity.

     
  • August 15, 2010 more info

    Although he insisted otherwise late in life, a younger and less guarded P.G. Wodehouse was open about the inherently theatrical quality of his stories and novels. With its longstanding commitment to bringing page to stage, the Chamber Theatre is therefore ideally suited to mount playwright Margaret Raether's "Jeeves Intervenes," a loose adaptation of several Wodehouse stories featuring the foppish Bertie Wooster and his incomparable valet, Jeeves.

     
  • August 14, 2010 more info

    Crises! A British bachelor faces an undesired engagement. His best friend is to be forcibly sent to India. The living room needs dusting. Quick, ring for Jeeves!

     
  • August 09, 2010 more info

    Playing the world's most famous manservant means letting other people get the laughs.

     
  • August 05, 2010 more info

    Check out the MCT Blog! Get a behind-the-scenes look at JEEVES INTERVENES with posts from actors Matt Daniels, Chris Klopatek and Rick Pendzich.

     
  • August 04, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee, WI. …P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved comic characters will come to life on the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) stage this summer in JEEVES INTERVENES by Margaret Raether, August 12-19, 2010. Onstage favorite Tami Workentin makes her MCT directing debut with the Milwaukee premiere of this quick-witted British comedy. JEEVES INTERVENES performs in the Cabot Theatre, located at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

     
  • August 04, 2010 more info

    JEEVES INTERVENES P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Bertie and Jeeves will come to life on the MCT stage this summer in JEEVES INTERVENES, by Margaret Raether, August 12-29, 2010.

     
  • July 20, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is thrilled to launch a new website, designed by Finn Digital.

     
  • July 15, 2010 more info

    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) announces its 36th anniversary season. 2010-2011 will explore “the games people play” with five exciting productions.

     
  • April 21, 2010 more info

    When someone completely gives up on life, yet realizes that death isn’t an option, that person may find a remarkably fresh perspective on reality and identity. Rebecca Gilman does a brilliant job of presenting this state of mind in her dramatic comedy The Sweetest Swing in Baseball.

     
  • April 20, 2010 more info

    THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL The worlds of art and baseball comically collide when a down-on-her-luck painter tries to turn her career around in THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL, by Rebecca Gilman, April 15 – May 2, 2010.

     
  • April 17, 2010 more info

    Professional baseball players remember those rare 5-for-5 games all their lives. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's dramatic final at-bat in its five-play season caps a 5-for-5 year with a walk-off home run.

     
  • February 20, 2010 more info

    On the night before cellist Jacqueline du Pré died, hurricane-force winds lashed her native England, uprooting trees and ravaging the land. As Elizabeth Wilson notes in her biography, du Pré's interior landscape was similarly stormy during her struggle with the multiple sclerosis that destroyed her career and then killed her.

     

 

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