by Anne Siegel, Total Theater; A carefully selected collection of letters between two of America’s well-known poets opens the fall theater season at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; In the preface to "Dear Elizabeth" — her moving play about the friendship between American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell — Sarah Ruhl admits that "it's difficult to write about friendship."
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; Many days and evenings of live theater ask for an audience to bring both heart and head to the theater in equal measure, ready for everything from tears to fears to gales of laughter.
by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; Dear Reader, Marvelous news! I have just returned from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Dear Elizabeth — a play told through the letters of esteemed American poets and friends Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. And it is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; As presented by Michael Cotey's outstanding Milwaukee Chamber Theatre cast, this 1960s sex farce soars in ways that the flat 1965 movie, featuring a seemingly bored Jerry Lewis, rarely does. This "Boeing" is not only jumbo smart, but also among the funniest plays I've seen anywhere this year.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; ... it’s no surprise that Margaret Raether would include a New York story in her trilogy of Wodehouse adaptations, ensconcing the posh British dunderhead Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves in an Art-Deco, prohibition-era Manhattan hotel.
by Dave Luhrssen, Shepherd Express; The reversal of the servant-master relationship, with the former actually running the show, is a theme as old as ancient Greece. The best-known rendition of the comic archetype in the English-speaking world, P.G. Wodehouse’s spot-on team of Jeeves and Wooster, receives a new iteration in playwright Margaret Raether’s Jeeves Takes a Bow.
by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; Good heavens! A British bachelor is embarrassingly engaged again — to two different women. There’s a pinstriped gangster ready to put him and his best friend in a coffin at the slightest provocation. He’s wearing terrible socks. Call for Jeeves, one last time!
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; ... This is fun for fun’s sake ... And under the wise and detailed direction of Tami Workentin, this English delight moves along at just the right pace, allowing time for both laughter and breath without forcing a single moment.
by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; For more than 50 years Athol Fugard’s fame has been tied to his reputation as the white South African playwright whose pinpoint morality tales and insights into human behavior helped crush apartheid.