Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

The Good Father

by Christian O'Reilly Running Time: 2 hours

September 17, 2014 to
October 12, 2014

Studio Theatre
Directed by C. Michael Wright

Featuring Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright

Midwest Premiere! This gritty contemporary love story from Ireland tracks a year in the lives of two people from vastly different backgrounds.  Tim, a house painter, and Jane, a lawyer, meet at a raucous New Year's Eve party, never imagining how much their lives are about to change.

Join us for a FREE concert by Irish musician Ian Gould - Sat. Oct. 11 at 6:30

Christian O'Reilly
Jane Laura Gray
Tim Jonathan Wainwright

Production Staff
Director C. Michael Wright
Scenic Designer Steven Hudson-Mairet
Costume Designer Andrea Bouck
Lighting Designer David Gibson
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Jeff Russell
Stage Manager Judy Martel

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, October 1, 2014 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, September 24, 2014 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, September 25, 2014 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 9, 2014 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: The Good Father

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:30 PM

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Ian Gould concert

Saturday, October 11, 2014 6:30 PM

Join us for libations and live music!

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The Good Father: Date Night! Sept 26

Friday, September 26, 2014 6:00 PM

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The Good Father: Date Night! Sept 27

Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM

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The Good Father media release

Monday, September 1, 2014

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Media Coverage

'The Good Father' is a must-see

Thursday, September 25, 2014

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; "There are times when one is viewing live theater, that one feels privileged to be there. There are times when a theater critic feels doubly privileged to be able to tell others - GO SEE THIS PLAY. This is one of those times."

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In “The Good Father,” Artful Mastery of On-Stage Chemistry

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; "Married in real life, Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright are portraying strangers whose casual sex at a friend’s bash leads to consequences neither party can fully believe. Call it a romantic comedy or a romantic drama (since both fit). But be assured the two performers are providing the virtuoso acting coupling of the season in “The Good Father,” ...

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'The Good Father' is a great evening of intimate theater

Monday, September 22, 2014

by Louis Weisberg, Wisconsin Gazette; In THE GOOD FATHER, Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly tosses together two disparate — and dispirited — people at a New Year’s Eve party. Their chance encounter shakes up their lives and tests their divergent belief systems.

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Happily Ever After

Monday, September 22, 2014

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; A different sort of Cinderella story opened this weekend, though I don’t think playwright Christian O’Reilly thought of it as such. In Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s THE GOOD FATHER, two people from distinct social classes meet--the college educated Jane and the working-class house painter Tim. But true love doesn’t descend magically from the heavens. The first bond instead is biological—a pregnancy created during a drunken post-New-Year’s-Eve one-night-stand. And O’Reilly’s beautifully drawn character piece charts the circuitous path the relationship takes as it adjusts to the reality of circumstance.

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre finds ‘The Good Father’

Monday, September 22, 2014

by Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; "With the strains of U2’s “New Year’s Day” in the background, Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) and Jane (Laura Gray) end up alone together at their friend’s New Year’s Eve party. Set in contemporary Ireland, the two have little in common. But there’s something about the passing of one year to the next that throws opposites together..."

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 'Good Father' taps cast's chemistry

Sunday, September 21, 2014

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "Like if you picked the most opposite type person that someone like you would want to have a kid with, you'd probably pick me." So says Tim (Jonathan Wainwright) to Jane (Laura Gray) early in Christian O'Reilly's "The Good Father," a two-person play receiving its Midwest premiere at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under C. Michael Wright's direction.

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Offstage accident won't stop actor from performing role of a lifetime opposite his wife

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "The Good Father," a two-person romantic drama that opens this week, has gained a new supporting character that's not in the script and that actor Jonathan Wainwright hopes you'll ignore as much as possible. A paint-flecked orthopedic cane...

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Cutting to the Chase - Reflections on the Mating Game

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

by Deanie Vallone; The relationship of Jane and Tim—the protagonists of Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly’s love story, THE GOOD FATHER—is equal parts risky, whirlwind, and beautiful. The play’s opening, in which lawyer Jane and painter Tim (more Ace Hardware than Claude Monet) meet at a New Year’s Eve party, brings to mind such rom-com classics as BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...

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Local Theater Companies Invest in the Unknown

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; Established Milwaukee theaters will present playwrights whose work may be unfamiliar to the local audience. Emerging playwrights will learn something about us this September as patrons learn about them.

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