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.
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; The romance of letter writing centers Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Midwest premiere of Dear Elizabeth.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Anchored by a strong script by Sarah Ruhl and stellar performances by Norman Moses and Carrie Hitchcock, the lives of poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop are brought to light in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s second offering of the 2015-16 season.
by Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Dear Elizabeth explores that least understood and most necessary of human relationships, friendship. Sarah Ruhl’s play, adapted from Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, centers on the relationship between two giants of 20th-century American poetry with courage and depth.
by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee; More than words in the air are needed – and fortunately delivered – to portray two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets whose correspondence and intellectual bonds fashion the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Dear Elizabeth