by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; A lot has happened in the near-20-years since Yasmina Reza’s play, Art, took Paris by storm. The art market—along with the world economy--has gone through a few booms and busts. The world of the well-heeled—or at least our perceptions of it—has changed considerably. I’m guessing a man like Serge with $200,000 to spare would be more inclined to spend it on a Maserati or a little pied a terre in Provence than on a 4 x 5 foot “white” painting.
by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with Yasmina Reza’s Art.The play captures the nuances of friendship – the ties that bind and, perhaps, the ones no longer worth maintaining – through the lens of fine art. Specifically, it examines the 15-year friendship of three middle-aged men. One of them unknowingly strains the relationship between them when he purchases an expensive painting.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Your best friend develops seemingly unaccountable tastes involving trashy movies, life partners or the Minnesota Vikings. Do you let it go or speak up? And if our dearest friends fall in love with things and people we detest, what does it say about our friendship? These are the sorts of questions on the table in Yasmina Reza's "Art," the smartly staged but underdeveloped comedy with which the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season on Friday night.
By Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Over the years, I've seen some really, really impressive scenic design work onstage. Quite often the best work blends so erectly in with the rest of the action that it's easy not to notice. Every now and then, though there's a set that's so beautiful that the design almost becomes a character up there onstage with the rest of them. Having seen a second stand-out show featuring the work of Keith Pitts, I'm every bit as impressed with his work.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; With Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre renders another compelling illustration of why P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Jeeves and Wooster continue to hold a distinctive appeal nearly a century after they first appeared on the printed page. Director Tami Workentin balances a rather intricately light comedic script on the shoulders of a talented cast.
Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman/GM Today; Farces are fun, especially those tinged with Brit wit. Playwright Margaret Raether is obviously of like mind as she has already transformed three of P.G. Wodehouse’s short stories into farcical comedies, and all three are delighting audiences in many American cities, including Milwaukee.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; There’s also a battle between chaos and order in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom, Margaret Raether’s play drawn from several of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories.
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre welcomes spring to the Cabot Stage at the Broadway Theatre Center with their current production of the wild and witty Jeeves In Bloom. Margaret Raether’s delightful adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories winks at British society with marvelous charm. Stories where the boyishly brash Bertie Wooster survives only by advice given through his impeccable butler Jeeves.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Given the miserable spring we've been having, I probably don't need to explain the appeal of a play titled "Jeeves in Bloom," the second of Margaret Raether's three stage adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse stories and novels featuring Bertie Wooster's ever-capable valet.
by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; Thank heavens, Jeeves is back! Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season closer, is the spiritual sequel to Jeeves Intervenes, another treatment of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories about a brilliant valet who gets his master, Bertie Wooster, out of innumerable scrapes. MCT staged the first Margaret Raether adaptation in 2010, and has brought back director Tami Workentin and Matt Daniels as Jeeves in an attempt to recreate the splendor of that previous production.