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?"
by Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express; Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Things Being What They Are delivers lots of laughs along with insight into relationships, identity and male friendship in middle-class America. Written by a female playwright, Wendy MacLeod, this play is incisive in its treatment of male voices and points to the universalities underlying human experience.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; When men get together to talk, it is usually a far different event than when women do. Politics, sports, work and the stock market often comprise the topics bandied about. The production now playing in the Studio Theatre on Broadway is a rarity. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has found a gem in “Things Being What They Are” by Wendy MacLeod, a very clever playwright who has given us a strikingly realistic look at how many men communicate with each other.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Why do we read mysteries? Alice Conroy — lone character in Keith Huff's "The Detective's Wife," which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under Jim Tasse's direction — suggests that mysteries' often formulaic solutions help distract us from those larger existential quandaries we can't even face, let alone solve.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; Keith Huff was born in Wisconsin, made his career as a playwright in Chicago, and has since gone on to be a big player in prestige cable dramas like Mad Men. In fact, while he was able to visit Milwaukee Chamber Theatre at the first rehearsal of The Detective’s Wife, he had to miss the opening weekend to attend the Emmy Awards—as one of the producers of the well-nominated House of Cards.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Kerr has a very approachable kind of vulnerability onstage. As witnessed in shows like Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's The Sweetest Swing in Baseball some and Renaissance Theaterworks' Burn This, Kerr he has a way of delivering a character's inner thoughts that doesn't overplay the intellectual side of the character in the body language or any kind of physical manifestation.
Anne Siegel, Total Theatre.com; Veteran Milwaukee stage actor Mary MacDonald Kerr fills the intimate Studio Theater with both anticipation and suspense in the one-woman show, The Detective’s Wife.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; “Art,” by the French playwright Yasmina Reza, is both thought-provoking and funny. The wonderful set design by Keith Pitts is evocative of the non-representational art of Piet Mondrian and sets the stage for a 90-minute discussion of art and a window into the nature of perception and the challenges of friendship. At times, the discussion becomes a bit gritty.
by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; What really constitutes “art”? Market value? Personal perception? The opinion of experts? Or are all these factors just in the eye of the beholder and the beholden?