Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

A Dickens of a Staging

Monday, April 17, 2017

If your expectations are not limited to what Charles Dickens did with words on paper, but open to what theater can create out of ensemble inventiveness, you'll find both forms of imagination - novel and theatrics - are engagingly knit in the  Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Great Expectations, through April 30 on the Cabot stage of the Broadway Theater Center.

Even David Lean's famous 1946 movie version dared not attempt the entire complicated intrigues in the novel involving Pip, the naïve rustic boy and blacksmith apprentice who rises to great social heights, self-deception and anguish in Victorian England. But this production fills the gaps in clever nonstop ways.

While film requires intense scenic locations and dozens of actors, director Molly Rhode needs only seven performers, visible stage lights and a few pieces of furniture (though we are also being fooled by scenic designer Lisa Schlenker, since the set piece is more complicated than that).

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