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.
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 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..."