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