by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; Abridged, musicized, revised and revolutionized---Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents an innovative version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre by adding a fourth actor to the popular three person production.
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; ...Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is staging a frat party complete with loud music, dancing, costumes galore, speeches, arguments, bys singing at the top of their lungs and mugging trying to wring laughs out of places where you don’t really expect laughs.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Introducing the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's just-opened production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]," Marcus Truschinski tells us that the ensuing presentation — all the Bard's plays in under two hours — represents "a feat unprecedented in the history of civilization."
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; "There are times when one is viewing live theater, that one feels privileged to be there. There are times when a theater critic feels doubly privileged to be able to tell others - GO SEE THIS PLAY. This is one of those times."
by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; "Married in real life, Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright are portraying strangers whose casual sex at a friend’s bash leads to consequences neither party can fully believe. Call it a romantic comedy or a romantic drama (since both fit). But be assured the two performers are providing the virtuoso acting coupling of the season in “The Good Father,” ...
by Louis Weisberg, Wisconsin Gazette; In THE GOOD FATHER, Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly tosses together two disparate — and dispirited — people at a New Year’s Eve party. Their chance encounter shakes up their lives and tests their divergent belief systems.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; A different sort of Cinderella story opened this weekend, though I don’t think playwright Christian O’Reilly thought of it as such. In Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s THE GOOD FATHER, two people from distinct social classes meet--the college educated Jane and the working-class house painter Tim. But true love doesn’t descend magically from the heavens. The first bond instead is biological—a pregnancy created during a drunken post-New-Year’s-Eve one-night-stand. And O’Reilly’s beautifully drawn character piece charts the circuitous path the relationship takes as it adjusts to the reality of circumstance.
by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; "With the strains of U2’s “New Year’s Day” in the background, Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) and Jane (Laura Gray) end up alone together at their friend’s New Year’s Eve party. Set in contemporary Ireland, the two have little in common. But there’s something about the passing of one year to the next that throws opposites together..."
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "Like if you picked the most opposite type person that someone like you would want to have a kid with, you'd probably pick me." So says Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) to Jane (Laura Gray) early in Christian O'Reilly's "The Good Father," a two-person play receiving its Midwest premiere at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under C. Michael Wright's direction.
by Matthew Perta, Showbiz Chicago; To hear Maria Callas is to understand her. When the renowned opera diva walks on stage in the opening act of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now being performed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, she asks the audience if they can hear her. There are no microphones in the theater, she affirms, because we must learn to listen.