by Mike Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Few characters in 20th-century literature have quite as much intellectual and comic clout as Reginald Jeeves, better known as the personal valet, or “gentleman’s gentleman,” to hapless, dim-witted Bertram Wilberforce “Bertie” Wooster.
by Amanda Sullivan, Shepherd Express; Illinois playwright Margaret Raether took inspiration from P.G. Wodehouse’s stories and created a trilogy of original plays featuring his characters. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre produced Jeeves Intervenes in 2010, Jeeves in Bloom in 2013 and this year, the company will wrap up its season with the final installment, Jeeves Takes a Bow.
by Marcella Kearns How’s the following for a sweet review, just as easily descriptive of JEEVES TAKES A BOW as its original object?: “clever coherent farce, depending for its humor on a good central idea and legitimate situations, the whole peppered with attractive music.”
by Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Roelf Visagie, a white Afrikaner who drives a train in his native South Africa, is haunted by the death of a black African woman and her child. One night, out of nowhere, the woman steps in front of his engine as a way of committing suicide.
by Bonnie North, WUWM's Lake Effect; An interview with THE TRAIN DRIVER actors David Daniel and Michael A. Torrey.
by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Apartheid formally ended in South Africa in the 1990s, but Athol Fugard has not run out of subjects for his plays. In "The Train Driver" (2010), Roelf, a distraught white train driver, searches for the grave — and identity — of a woman and her child struck by his train.
by Claire Nowak, Urban Milwaukee Dial; The story behind The Train Driver, the latest production from Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, is a simple one. A man named Roelf (David Daniel) accidentally kills a mother and her child with the train he drives, and though neither the police nor anyone else could identify them, he feels driven to learn who these unfortunate souls were.
by Amanda Sullivan, Shepherd Express; As part of its 40th anniversary season, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Midwest premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, described by the playwright as the “most important play I have ever written.”
...Athol Fugard is one of my heroes. I first met him back in 1982, when I auditioned for the Broadway production of his semi-autobiographical play “MASTER HAROLD”…AND THE BOYS, which he also directed. At the audition, Athol actually got up on his feet and read scenes with me! I’d never had a director – much less a director who also happens to be the playwright – read with me in an audition situation. But that’s the kind of man he is ...
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... Young couples learning how complicated love can be included the seemingly mismatched pairs in "The Good Father" at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre ... They included iconoclasts like Maria Callas — brought to life by a mesmerizing Angela Iannone in "Master Class" at Milwaukee Chamber ...