"Bingo, bungo, bang!" and "Toodle pip!" P.G. Wodehouse's famous duo Jeeves and Bertie are back in town and onstage in the Studio Theatre in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's "Jeeves at Sea," through Dec. 22.
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Through interviews, as well as statements from leaders from both both sides of the conflict, "Fires in the Mirror" is a complex and compelling evening of theater that uses individual testimony to identify both common ground and deep, painful divides among cultures.
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre kicked off its 2019-20 season this past weekend with a light and silly comedy designed to fit the mood of audiences in the last balmy weeks of summer: "Unnecessary Farce," the Wisconsin State Fair cream puff of drama.
With a universally strong cast, agile directing by Michael Cotey and a lot of levity, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's final show of the season - part history lesson, part farce - runs through April 28 on the Cabot stage of the Broadway Theatre Center.
Chamber Theatre's "Strange Snow" is a funny and fast-moving show that includes quite a few standard plot devices. In lesser hands, the play's slight scaffolding might collapse, but terrific performances from the entire cast buoy the production.
It has been my sincere pleasure to see dozens of great theater productions in Milwaukee, Madison and Spring Green during 2018. But, of course, there are a few performers and productions that really stand out. Here is my idiosyncratic list of "bests."
Chances are Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's "Christmas in Babylon" will not become a holiday classic. But it does have some moments of sparkle that we can all appreciate on a dark December night.
The Chamber Theatre's "Chapatti" is a lovely production of a surprising and heartfelt play which should appeal equally to cat and dog people - even if no furry cast members actually make an appearance onstage.
Instead of building on the source material, Chamber Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily" mainly recycles them, but without Sherlock's skill at puzzles and the wit of his friend Wilde.
The signs of fall are creeping closer. And while there's nothing better than Shakespeare under the stars on a hot July night, these exciting productions, gracing local stages through the end of 2018, have me looking forward to the months ahead.
Directed by Artistic Director C. Michael Wright, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre brings an exceptional production of John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt: A Parable" to the Cabot Stage through April 29.
While more serious in theme than most, a night of communion with Onesto and Chamber's "Doubt" is a satisfying opportunity to reflect on our place in the world, our interactions with those around us and the traditions that help make life meaningful.
"The Brothers Size," by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a story much bigger than itself - as well as a stunning accomplishment for the performers, director Marti Gobel and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
As a devoted theater patron and unabashed fan of the medium, I'd like to recognize the following Milwaukee-area productions for providing extraordinary moments of artistry and storytelling over the past year.
It turns out the truth hidden in Chamber's "Miracle on South Division Street" is much more interesting than the fiction that has grown up around it - or the reactions of those affected by it.