by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre tightly executes a classic work of light comedy with a production of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR.
by Tom Strini; We've met all the characters in Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR before the curtain even rises on the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's sparkling new production.
by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Milwaukee Chamber Theater closes its current season with the madcap mayhem of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR. Every aspect of this production gleams with professional precision, making this a highlight of the company’s current season.
By Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast Daily.com; Ken Ludwig’s expertly constructed LEND ME A TENOR has dominated the commercial world of farce for a quarter of a century in multiple professional and amateur manifestations.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; There’s a reason why Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor has been staged umpteen times around the world--from the West End to Broadway to high schools--since it premiered in 1986. It’s a classic, “well-made” farce that offers juicy comic parts—from the opera star to the starry-eyed ingénue to even the hotel bellhop—that actors love to play. And there’s an obvious glow of pleasure radiating from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production, which opened at the Broadway Theatre Center this weekend.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Appearing in the plain light of day, he's a bespectacled nebbish, pining for a woman who treats him like a sibling. Disguised in tights and a fluttering red cape at night, he becomes a soaring superhero. I'm speaking, naturally, of Max — downtrodden assistant to a temperamental impresario in the frothy "Lend Me a Tenor," Ken Ludwig's oft-produced and unabashedly silly farce. Under C. Michael Wright's direction, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre — in collaboration with Marquette University actors and designers — is giving "Tenor" a rollicking production in the Cabot Theatre.
~Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; Matthews’ words have a double meaning in this 90-minute, no intermission production at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The storyline is based on an actual 1960 explosion at Tennessee Eastman Company. Director C. Michael Wright deftly balances the growing tension of the factory explosion’s outcome with the emotionally charged atmosphere inside the family home.
~Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast Daily; ...the characters are thoughtfully developed with unforced moments of family humor, plus sly reminders that ordinary real people, not propaganda props, lived through this. It’s all worked out in great detail over 90 minutes by three actors and director C. Michael Wright – a literal “kitchen sink” drama.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; "OCTOBER, which was developed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and premiered this weekend, has Southern Literature’s knack for thoughtfully infusing the commonplace with Big Ideas about Life and Death. Drawn—in a way—from the circumstances of her own life, Matthews’ play blends the everyday and the fundamental, and finds the occasional flashes of poetry that can emerge from that connection."
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "But the heart of this often very moving play doesn't involve the disaster that sets it in motion, but rather Matthews' quiet and probing exploration of how we respond. Do such disasters bring out the best or the worst in those living through them?"