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.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big cast and a bigger budget.
by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Noted Wisconsin Actor James Ridge takes audiences on a journey around the world – and perhaps through the vagaries of their own souls – in an offbeat, one-person drama, Underneath the Lintel. Ridge, who has performed at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI, for 16 years, is no stranger to Milwaukee audiences, either.