Milwaukee Chamber Theatre


by Yasmina Reza Running Time: 90 min

August 8, 2013 to
August 25, 2013

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Tyler Marchant

Translated by Christopher Hampton
Featuring (l-r) Tom Klubertanz, C. Michael Wright & Brian Mani
(Photo by Bill Finn)

The Tony Award-Winning Comedy
On impulse, Serge buys an extremely expensive painting, never suspecting how much it will strain his friendship with Marc and Yvan - testing their relationship to the max! (Contains mature language)

Make art before 'ART' -- A 3-part art experience on 8/16 or 8/23

John E. Holland | Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Charitable Fund

Yasmina Reza
Yvan Tom Klubertanz
Marc Brian Mani
Serge C. Michael Wright

Production Staff
Director Tyler Marchant
Scenic Designer Keith Pitts
Costume Designer Kim Instenes
Lighting Designer Jason Fassl
Properties Master Dana Fralick
Sound Designer Victoria DeIorio
Stage Manager Brandy Kline
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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 21, 2013 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 14, 2013 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 15, 2013 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 22, 2013 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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Make art before 'ART

Friday, August 16, 2013 5:30 PM

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Make art before 'ART'

Friday, August 23, 2013 5:30 PM

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ViewPoints: 'ART'

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:30 PM

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"Art" sets the bar high for the rest of theater season

Saturday, August 10, 2013


'Art' media release

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Media Coverage

White or Off White?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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?

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For Art's Sake

Monday, August 12, 2013

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.

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Total review: 'ART'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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.

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Chamber Theatre gives Reza's 'Art' a new frame

Saturday, August 10, 2013

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.

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The Design in ART with Milwaukee Chamber

Saturday, August 10, 2013

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.

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The Season Ahead: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Monday, August 12, 2013

by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast; That always-watching attitude is on display from the actors in MCT’s first show of the season, ‘Art,’ as well.Tyler Marchant, who directs the Tony Award-winning comedy, places its three actors – including Wright, strutting the boards himself for a change – in chairs lined up against the stage’s back wall, so they remain onstage the whole time, even when they aren’t actively in scenes. “I love the idea that these friends are back there listening to their friends talk about them in private,” Wright said. “It was a wonderful way to kick off our theme.”

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MCT’s ‘Art’: Friendship, too, is in the eye of the beholder

Saturday, August 10, 2013

by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has chosen to open their season with this Tony-winning comedy, a complex three-man showcase for Brian Mani (Marc), Tom Klubertanz (Yvan) and MCT’s producing artistic director C. Michael Wright (Serge) – and while the play may hinge on bitter disagreements between friends, it seems hard to imagine you and yours not agreeing that it’s a hilarious yet captivating start to MCT’s promising season.

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A White Piece of Art Makes Life Colorful:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

WUWM Lake Effect interview - - Would you spend $200,000 on a painting of a white background with white stripes? How would your closest friends react if you did? Such is the premise of Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” running at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre from August 8th to 25th, featuring Tom Klubertanz, C. Michael Wright, and Brian Mani.

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'Art' play more about friendship than paintings

Sunday, August 4, 2013

by Heather Ronaldson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Many things can trigger charged conversations, among even the best of friends — a new hairstyle, an expensive car purchase or even a hideous painting. Whatever the entry point, the result is oh-so-telling in revealing how each individual values friendship in general and each other in particular.

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PRIMARY COLORS: An Interview with Tyler Marchant

Monday, July 29, 2013

In ‘ART,’ the character Serge purchases a piece of contemporary abstract art: a white painting with white diagonal lines. His substantial investment in the piece sparks a debate that threatens to shred three men’s friendships with one another.

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Arts Avenue: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Watch a WISN - Channel 12 interview with 'ART' director Tyler Marchant and actor Brian Mani.

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