by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; There is so much to like about this play. It's wonderful that Chamber is giving a shot to a local playwright, a far too rare happenstance in Milwaukee. The play also has a very interesting and unique story.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; You know Murray Burns. He’s a Seize-The-Day kind of guy who has no patience for the drudging 9 to 5. He’s always quick with a joke, and lives his life—it seems—to increase his corner-bar repertory of stories.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The award-winning play and film “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner, still has something to say to us almost 50 years after its inception. It raises a lot of questions, most of which concern the distinction between a child and an adult, definitions which cannot be derived by age alone.
by Anne Siegel, TotalTheater.com; Although decades have passed since this award-winning chestnut debuted on Broadway in 1964, the characters in A Thousand Clownsring as true today as they did then. The play revolves around the life of Murray Burns, a real-life Peter Pan. Despite the fact that he’s in his 30s, Murray just doesn’t want to grow up; “responsibility” is a dirty word in his vocabulary.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season with a production of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. The 1960s classic offers an even mix of comedy and drama, featuring depth of emotion in characters that are all quite complex and sympathetically rendered.
by Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theatre Examiner; Long before “out of the box” became a cliché, there was an American literary trope we could call “the free spirit”: From Auntie Mame to Harold and Maude, it depicts whimsical souls pitting themselves against a stiff, drab world. The first offering of Milwaukee Chamber Theater’s season, Herb Gardner’s 1962 Broadway hit A Thousand Clowns, fits neatly into that trajectory. This gentle satire is usually pegged as a celebration of non-conformity, but these days, when “freedom” has become the worship word of the hard right, the play is like a carnival mirror, reflecting a weirdly inverted image of our times.
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; "Mounting an old play for today's audience is fraught with risk, but great acting, great direction and a wonderful environment can reduce that risk. In the case of "A Thousand Clowns," which opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, that risk is not only reduced but eliminated."
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "West's cast repeatedly hits pay dirt, earning well-deserved laughter without shying away from the underlying sadness - a recognition of the compromises involved in being human - at the heart of great comedy."
by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; "Could they have accomplished such a subtle group acting task without a director of extraordinary insight? No. That director would be Jonathan West, who clearly understands both the big arc of the play and the timing of one-liners and visual comedy. Some screamingly funny moments, many with no words at all, punctuate the existential crises and arguments in Act 3."
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; ...presently delighting audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It is the seasonal closer in a very rich run of offerings.