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.
by Paul Kosidowski, MilwaukeeMag.com; ...I want to sing its praises and shout from my little molehill: “This play, this production is extraordinary, funny, riveting, moving.” James Ridge delivers the most vibrant, detailed and full-blooded performance I've seen in a long time. Anywhere. Director Michael Wright draws both nuance and full-throated vitality from Berger’s devilishly clever script, a detective story that reaches back in time and joyously grasps at some of the great mysteries of the ages.
by Dave Begel; OnMilwaukee.com; ... James Ridge, a regular member of the American Players in Spring Green, turns in a performance that makes you gasp in wonder as director C. Michael Wright leads him through a stunning and mysterious journey to which we are all privileged watchers...
by Matthew Reddin; Third Coast Digest.com; The first thing you notice about the strange gentleman who stumbles onto Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s black box studio stage is that he never stops moving. He twitches, paces, spins, gestures, moves for his chair and then darts away to scribble something else on the blackboard. It’s a restlessness that is – well, it’s tragic, really, but you won’t know that for a while.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; "It’s a quiet, unassuming moment that passes in a blink, but it neatly contains the most profound idea in Collected Stories, which opened this weekend in a deeply moving production by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.'
by Danielle McClune, Third Coast Digest.com; "Collected Stories, which opened at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Friday, handles the complexities of authorship and mentorship with precision. The performances are exceptional, invoking the complications inherent in creativity."
by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express;Vern and Wally, adult brothers who haven’t lived together in years, return to cohabitate in their childhood home following their mother’s death. Outside, the neighborhood is falling apart, despite appearances of gentrification. Inside, their grip on reality is crumbling even more so, despite the siblings’ effort to somehow make sense of their lives. It’s the ghosts of the past that haunt them, and they can be found in the interior of the brothers’ minds and in the exterior of the fading façade called “home.”
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Company tries to encourage Wisconsin playwrights by staging their works. Each year, they produce a play by a local playwright, one Pulitzer-Prize winning work and a production in which they collaborate with a local college or university.
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s BROKEN AND ENTERED will definitely shatter the audience’s expectations at the conclusion. Similar to the glass window broken in the very first scene, when the audience waits through the blackness of a completely dark theatre before the cast enters on stage. The complex, richly nuanced world premiere production written by Kurt McGinnis Brown was featured at a play reading for MCT in 2010, and comes fully produced for their current season this fall courtesy of the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series.