June 15, 2015 is Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 40th Anniversary! Our first production, DON JUAN IN HELL, was performed at Vogel Hall on June 15, 1975! To celebrate we interviewed our artists, staff and supporters and asked them, "Why do you love MCT?" Click 'more info' to watch a fun video that celebrates our milestone anniversary!
On June 15, 1975 at Vogel Hall in the (then) Performing Arts Center in downtown Milwaukee a new theatre company took to the stage to offer its first performance and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre was born. The production was George Bernard Shaw’s DON JUAN IN HELL and it featured Robert Ingham as Don Juan, William McKereghan as the Devil, Ruth Schudson as Dona Ana and Montgomery Davis as the Statue.
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.”