Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

A Thousand Clowns

by Herb Gardner Running Time: 2 hours, 35 min

August 9, 2012 to
August 26, 2012

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Jonathan West

Featuring Matt Daniels, Thomas Kindler, Tom Klubertanz, Patrick Lawlor, Beth Mulkerron & Stephan Roselin

A comic chestnut from the 1960s!
Murray Burns believes in living life fully, even if that means going to the movies instead of looking for a job. Unfortunately, his eccentric, carefree nature makes him a questionable role model while raising his twelve-year-old genius nephew in New York City. When a young social worker from the Bureau of  Child Welfare comes to investigate, Murray must make some rather big decisions.

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Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, Inc.
Lloyd & Mary Ann Gerlach
George & Julie Mosher

PREVIEW SPONSOR: Robert W. Baird & Co.

MEDIA SPONSOR: Wisconsin Public Radio

Herb Gardner
Albert Amundson
Matt Daniels
Nick Burns
Thomas Kindler
Murray Burns
Tom Klubertanz
Arnold Burns
Patrick Lawlor
Sandra Markowitz
Beth Mulkerron
Leo Herman
Stephan Roselin
Production Staff
Director Jonathan West
Scenic Designer Brandon Kirkham
Costume Designer Kristina Van Slyke
Lighting Designer Eric Appleton
Properties Master Dana Fralick
Sound Designer Josh Schmidt
Stage Manager Brandy Kline
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122:00 PM1314157:30 PM (V)167:30 PM (T)178:00 PM184:00 PM8:00 PM
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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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ViewPoints: A Thousand Clowns

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:30 PM

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Media Coverage

Chamber Theatre's "A Thousand Clowns" A rebel with a cause

Saturday, August 18, 2012

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; You know Murray Burns. He’s a Seize-The-Day kind of guy who has no patience for the drudging 9 to 5. He’s always quick with a joke, and lives his life—it seems—to increase his corner-bar repertory of stories.

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'A Thousand Clowns' strings together surviving and thriving

Thursday, August 16, 2012

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The award-winning play and film “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner, still has something to say to us almost 50 years after its inception. It raises a lot of questions, most of which concern the distinction between a child and an adult, definitions which cannot be derived by age alone.

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Total review

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

by Anne Siegel,; Although decades have passed since this award-winning chestnut debuted on Broadway in 1964, the characters in A Thousand Clownsring as true today as they did then. The play revolves around the life of Murray Burns, a real-life Peter Pan. Despite the fact that he’s in his 30s, Murray just doesn’t want to grow up; “responsibility” is a dirty word in his vocabulary.

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Milwaukee Chamber Captures Complexity of 'A Thousand Clowns'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season with a production of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. The 1960s classic offers an even mix of comedy and drama, featuring depth of emotion in characters that are all quite complex and sympathetically rendered.

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That old devil uke: "A Thousand Clowns" is a funhouse mirror of our times

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

by Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theatre Examiner; Long before “out of the box” became a cliché, there was an American literary trope we could call “the free spirit”: From Auntie Mame to Harold and Maude, it depicts whimsical souls pitting themselves against a stiff, drab world. The first offering of Milwaukee Chamber Theater’s season, Herb Gardner’s 1962 Broadway hit A Thousand Clowns, fits neatly into that trajectory. This gentle satire is usually pegged as a celebration of non-conformity, but these days, when “freedom” has become the worship word of the hard right, the play is like a carnival mirror, reflecting a weirdly inverted image of our times.

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"A Thousand Clowns" stands the test of time

Monday, August 13, 2012

by Dave Begel,; "Mounting an old play for today's audience is fraught with risk, but great acting, great direction and a wonderful environment can reduce that risk. In the case of "A Thousand Clowns," which opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, that risk is not only reduced but eliminated."

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Chamber Theatre finds laughs, sadness amid 'A Thousand Clowns'

Saturday, August 11, 2012

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "West's cast repeatedly hits pay dirt, earning well-deserved laughter without shying away from the underlying sadness - a recognition of the compromises involved in being human - at the heart of great comedy."

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MCT’s “A Thousand Clowns”: Sit-com runs deep

Friday, August 10, 2012

by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; "Could they have accomplished such a subtle group acting task without a director of extraordinary insight? No. That director would be Jonathan West, who clearly understands both the big arc of the play and the timing of one-liners and visual comedy. Some screamingly funny moments, many with no words at all, punctuate the existential crises and arguments in Act 3."

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State of the Milwaukee Arts: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Monday, August 13, 2012

By Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, ...In Broken and Entered, the first of the three Studio shows, two white brothers in their 30s move back in their late parents’ house after the neighborhood has turned mostly African-American. They reinvent themselves as burglars and steal luxury items from upscale suburbanites. One of them falls for a wealthy black woman intent on gentrifying the neighborhood.

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MJS video - A Thousand Clowns

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Click "more info" to see a great Milwaukee Journal Sentinel preview video about A THOUSAND CLOWNS.

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MCT Blog - Cast Interviews

Monday, August 6, 2012

Check out the MCT blog for fun interviews with the cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Click "more info" for the link

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Meet the Cast

Monday, July 30, 2012

The cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Matt Daniels, Thomas Kindler, Tom Klubertanz, Patrick Lawlor, Beth Mulkerron & Stephan Roselin

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Send in the Clowns

Sunday, July 15, 2012

by Linda Loving, MCT Board member; (IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: There are no clowns appearing on stage in A THOUSAND CLOWNS; no red noses, no big shoes, no cotton candy, nothing.) Fifty years later, it’s never too late and not a minute too soon to experience the delightful dialogue and depth of Herb Gardner’s 1962 award-winning comedy A THOUSAND CLOWNS. Six quirky yet winsome characters dance in and out of each other’s New York City lives for two days, resulting in choices and insights which will last a lifetime.

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Exploring Jewish Voices

Monday, July 2, 2012

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT), Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) are excited to announce the “Exploring Jewish Voices" series.

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