Milwaukee Chamber Theatre



  • September 23, 2013read more

    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.

  • September 23, 2013read more

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; 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.

  • September 23, 2013read more

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Express; 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.

  • September 22, 2013read more

    Anne Siegel, Total; 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.

  • August 15, 2013read more

    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.

  • August 14, 2013read more

    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?

  • August 12, 2013read more

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; 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.

  • August 11, 2013read more

    by Anne Siegel, Total; 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.

  • August 10, 2013read more

    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.

  • August 10, 2013read more

    By Russ Bickerstaff, Express; 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.