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.
by David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express; Decades after her death, Maria Callas is still among the world’s best known opera stars. Every inch the diva, she was a temperamental force of nature and the power of her voice and her presence could never be ignored.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Angela Ianonne is reprising her role as the talented, controversial opera star Maria Callas to the delight of audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s opening production in its 40th season - Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.”
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; In opening Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 40th Anniversary season, Milwaukee actor Angela Iannone reprises the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning play Master Class this August.
by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; Watching a diva instruct advanced operatic voice students at Julliard in the 1970s inspired playwright Terrence McNally to create his own Broadway-bound 1990s version of Maria Callas in “Master Class,” a fascinating mesh of opera and dramatic psychology.
by Paul Kosidowsk, Milwaukee Magazine; For a play saturated with some of the most glorious and dramatic music ever written, it’s somehow fitting that one of the most memorable moments of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Master Class is a deep and harrowing silence
by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class is a perfectly enjoyable drama. Angela Iannone will doubtlessly be praised quite a bit for her performance as opera legend Maria Callas teaching students at the end of her career.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... From the minute this Callas stages her first dramatic entrance — having made us wait, along with her accompanist (a delightfully droll Brian Myers, doubling as music director) — it's all-out war on anyone or anything that isn't sufficiently reverent in what she'll tell us is a "holy place": the theater.
by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; There may not be enough superlatives in my vocabulary to properly explain why Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class can't be missed.