by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; With Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre renders another compelling illustration of why P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Jeeves and Wooster continue to hold a distinctive appeal nearly a century after they first appeared on the printed page. Director Tami Workentin balances a rather intricately light comedic script on the shoulders of a talented cast.
Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman/GM Today; Farces are fun, especially those tinged with Brit wit. Playwright Margaret Raether is obviously of like mind as she has already transformed three of P.G. Wodehouse’s short stories into farcical comedies, and all three are delighting audiences in many American cities, including Milwaukee.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; There’s also a battle between chaos and order in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom, Margaret Raether’s play drawn from several of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories.
by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Postscript Performing Arts; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre welcomes spring to the Cabot Stage at the Broadway Theatre Center with their current production of the wild and witty Jeeves In Bloom. Margaret Raether’s delightful adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories winks at British society with marvelous charm. Stories where the boyishly brash Bertie Wooster survives only by advice given through his impeccable butler Jeeves.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Given the miserable spring we've been having, I probably don't need to explain the appeal of a play titled "Jeeves in Bloom," the second of Margaret Raether's three stage adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse stories and novels featuring Bertie Wooster's ever-capable valet.
by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; Thank heavens, Jeeves is back! Jeeves in Bloom, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season closer, is the spiritual sequel to Jeeves Intervenes, another treatment of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories about a brilliant valet who gets his master, Bertie Wooster, out of innumerable scrapes. MCT staged the first Margaret Raether adaptation in 2010, and has brought back director Tami Workentin and Matt Daniels as Jeeves in an attempt to recreate the splendor of that previous production.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big cast and a bigger budget.
by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; Noted Wisconsin Actor James Ridge takes audiences on a journey around the world – and perhaps through the vagaries of their own souls – in an offbeat, one-person drama, Underneath the Lintel. Ridge, who has performed at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI, for 16 years, is no stranger to Milwaukee audiences, either.
by Paul Kosidowski, MilwaukeeMag.com; ...I want to sing its praises and shout from my little molehill: “This play, this production is extraordinary, funny, riveting, moving.” James Ridge delivers the most vibrant, detailed and full-blooded performance I've seen in a long time. Anywhere. Director Michael Wright draws both nuance and full-throated vitality from Berger’s devilishly clever script, a detective story that reaches back in time and joyously grasps at some of the great mysteries of the ages.
by Dave Begel; OnMilwaukee.com; ... James Ridge, a regular member of the American Players in Spring Green, turns in a performance that makes you gasp in wonder as director C. Michael Wright leads him through a stunning and mysterious journey to which we are all privileged watchers...