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].
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; ... Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents a satisfying production of the frenetic comedy in which four men bring comically abbreviated versions of all of Shakespeare’s plays to the stage in less than two hours.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Shakespeare is on the docket again, this time in an abridged format, where a quartet of talented actors, all Whitewater theater program graduates, unite to amuse us with a penchant for parody, physical humor and expertise in rendering the Bard’s words whenever they actually quote him.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; In the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s madcap production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised], Steve Barnes’ rec room of a set is dominated by musical instruments...
by Dominique Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; It’s hardly the first time around in Milwaukee for the comedic rowdiness now known as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. But this manifestation (more accurately a manic-festation) emerges as the raunchiest best and most topical of them all at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s studio stage through December 14.