Gayle Childs Daly’s adaptation, written in 1993, cannily streamlines the tale in classic story-theater style, creating the world of Victorian London using simple benches and chairs as props and scenery.
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.
Gale Childs Daly's adaptation of the Dickens classic leads to an ingeniously staged production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS
The surprising and brilliant adaptation by Milwaukee's own Gale Childs Daly opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
Laughter is normally a wonderful experience, full of the joys and tickles that can help heal the wounds of everyday life. But what if you find yourself laughing at the misery of others? Can you laugh without guilt? If these poor people are named Vanya and Sonia and Masha, then laughter is not only appropriate, it is inevitable.
Fiftysomething siblings Vanya (C. Michael Wright) and Sonia (Jenny Wanasek) seemingly have it made. So why, just minutes after we’ve met her, does a clearly miserable Sonia hurl her still-full coffee cup across the room and insist that she and her brother “have never really lived”? Welcome to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-beginning production of Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which opened Friday night under Marcella Kearns’ direction.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Noel Coward, a director, actor, composer and prolific writer of comedies, is back on stage under the auspices of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and a merry romp it is. “Fallen Angels,” written in 1925, was almost banned from the stage in its time.
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; One of the hidden elements entwined in Noël Coward's wry play Fallen Angels becomes the French love song "Mêmes les Anges"--which translates the first line to: "Even the angels succumb to love."
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The reliably insightful Marcella Kearns gets it right again, in the smart program guide she's prepared for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's fun and well-acted rendition of Noël Coward's "Fallen Angels," which opened Friday night.
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee; There are so many different ways to make an audience laugh during a theatrical production: sarcasm, slapstick, wild farce, slamming doors, identity switches and poking fun at serious topics. One of the most difficult is the drunk scene when it's played for laughs. For a master class on how to put a drunk scene on stage, let me recommend "Fallen Angels," the Noel Coward drawing room comedy that opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.