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.
Bonnie North of Lake Effect interviews playwright Lori Matthews for WUWM 89.7 FM
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."
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.”
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."
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...
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…
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."