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.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Director C. Michael Wright carves weighty drama into an earthen stage with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Train Driver. Athol Fugard’s emotionally intense drama is the story of a man coping with the death of a stranger who walked with her baby out into the path of his train.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; Rage, not mourning is the first emotion on display in Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver—receiving its Midwest premiere by Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Roelf Visagie (played with brazen energy by David Daniel) arrives at a makeshift graveyard searching for the remains of a mother and infant child. He comes not to mourn them, but to curse them.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; In December 2000, Athol Fugard opened a South African newspaper to read about a suicide on the train tracks involving a mother and her three children. That was the impetus for "The Train Driver," which profiles the title character's ensuing remorse in what Fugard has called "the most important play I have ever written."
by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; Bleak. That’s the single word I’d use to sum up The Train Driver, the exemplary Athol Fugard play currently receiving its Midwestern premiere at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; ... That is the essence of "The Train Driver," the powerful drama by Athol Fugard that opened over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Fugard is a South African playwright who has built a giant reputation writing about his country and the apartheid that was for so long a way of life.
by Anne Siegel, Wisconsin Gazette; Alas, poor Shakespeare! You thought you knew him well … and then came a merry band of pranksters to ruffle your refined sensibilities. That’s what happens in the uproarious The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].