Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Things Being What They Are

by Wendy MacLeod Running Time: 2 hours

November 20, 2013 to
December 15, 2013

Studio Theatre
Directed by Michael Cotey

Featuring Dan Katula & Ryan Schabach

A Quirky Bro-mantic Comedy
The minute Bill moves into his new condo, while preparing for the arrival of his wayward wife, his nosy neighbor Jack appears at the door - looking for some beer and sympathy.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, Inc.
The Dental Offices of Dr. David Paris

Wendy MacLeod
Jack Dan Katula
Bill Ryan Schabach

Production Staff
Director Michael Cotey
Scenic Designer Steve Barnes
Costume Designer Eleanor Cotey
Lighting Designer Ross Zentner
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Phil Wooding
Stage Manager Judy Martel
<November 2013>
171819207:30 PM (P)217:30 PM (P)228:00 PM (O)234:00 PM8:00 PM
242:00 PM2526277:30 PM (V)28298:00 PM304:00 PM8:00 PM
12:00 PM2341:00 PM (*)57:30 PM (T)68:00 PM74:00 PM8:00 PM

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, December 4, 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, November 27, 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, December 5, 2013 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 12, 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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ViewPoints: Dude, A Girl Wrote That.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:30 PM

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Things Being What They Are media release

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Media Coverage

Bromantic Comedy with Heart and Teeth

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

by Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express; Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Things Being What They Are delivers lots of laughs along with insight into relationships, identity and male friendship in middle-class America. Written by a female playwright, Wendy MacLeod, this play is incisive in its treatment of male voices and points to the universalities underlying human experience.

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Chamber's 'Things Being What They Are' delves into how men communicate

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; When men get together to talk, it is usually a far different event than when women do. Politics, sports, work and the stock market often comprise the topics bandied about. The production now playing in the Studio Theatre on Broadway is a rarity. The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has found a gem in “Things Being What They Are” by Wendy MacLeod, a very clever playwright who has given us a strikingly realistic look at how many men communicate with each other.

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I Love You, Man!

Monday, November 25, 2013

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; It’s an odd title, Things Being What They Are, which opened this weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. But it makes sense if you think about it. There’s a touch of pragmatic existentialism about Wendy MacLeod’s 2003 play, rendered in a folksy patter. If the line is spoken in the play, I don’t recall it. But it’s certainly reflects the mood of MacLeod’s characters, Jack and Billm as they make their final exit, capping off the eventful week of their lives that we’ve just been witness to.

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Lonely-Guy Comedy at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Sunday, November 24, 2013

by Tom Strini, Tom Strini Writes; Like Kramer on Seinfeld and before him Howard Borden on Bob Newhart, Jack Foster intrudes into a neighbor's unit when he pleases, arrives armed with wisecracks and proves hard to dislodge.

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Chamber's "Things Being What They Are" is a comedic delight

Sunday, November 24, 2013

by Dave Begel, On; A frequent pitfall for playwrights that write comedies is a temptation to wind things up at the end with some meaningful reform for the comics that turns them into serious human beings. Most often those attempts end up being sappy and sending an audience home with decidedly mixed feelings wondering whether they were supposed to be laughing all that time. Nothing like that plagues "Things Being What They Are," the Wendy MacLeod play that opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

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Chamber Theatre's 'Things Being What They Are' transcends male stereotypes

Sunday, November 24, 2013

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... But as MacLeod's smartly written, warm and funny play makes clear, such stereotyping isn't fair to men, and it certainly isn't fair to this moving and entertaining production, which marks the talented Michael Cotey's Chamber directorial debut and features winning performances from actors Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach.

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Milwaukee Chamber brings a “bromance” to the Studio Theatre

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast; Writers have played with the “odd couple” dynamic even before Neil Simon gave the trope its name. With “Things Being What They Are,” writer Wendy MacLoed has tapped into that same paradigm, tossing together two totally different guys united only by the big life developments that face them. And according to the men Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has tapped to fill those oddly coupled shoes, Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach, she’s done an excellent job of finding new ground to forge in that relationship.

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Directors must learn the ropes, too

Sunday, November 17, 2013

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; This Friday marks the opening of Michael Cotey's first directorial assignment for Milwaukee Chamber's mainstage season: a production of Wendy MacLeod's "Things Being What They Are." ... Cotey said, "The gymnastics of the piece aren't in the mechanics of how it's presented, but in the through-line of the thoughts and conversation. That's a totally new thing for me."

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Arts Avenue: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Watch this WISN (Ch 12) interview with THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE director Michael Cotey and actor Ryan Schabach!

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The art of a 'bro-mance'

Monday, November 4, 2013

An interview with director Michael Cotey, by Matt Wickey; ...It is this dedication and mission that allows both MCT and its friends to celebrate the work of artists like Michael Cotey, director of MCT’s upcoming quirky, bro-mantic comedy THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE by Wendy MacLeod. Michael is a Milwaukee-based director and actor who enjoys an incredibly impressive resume, working in nearly every theatre company in the city.

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