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.
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.
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Why do we read mysteries? Alice Conroy — lone character in Keith Huff's "The Detective's Wife," which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, under Jim Tasse's direction — suggests that mysteries' often formulaic solutions help distract us from those larger existential quandaries we can't even face, let alone solve.
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Mag.com; Keith Huff was born in Wisconsin, made his career as a playwright in Chicago, and has since gone on to be a big player in prestige cable dramas like Mad Men. In fact, while he was able to visit Milwaukee Chamber Theatre at the first rehearsal of The Detective’s Wife, he had to miss the opening weekend to attend the Emmy Awards—as one of the producers of the well-nominated House of Cards.
by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee.com; Kerr has a very approachable kind of vulnerability onstage. As witnessed in shows like Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's The Sweetest Swing in Baseball some and Renaissance Theaterworks' Burn This, Kerr he has a way of delivering a character's inner thoughts that doesn't overplay the intellectual side of the character in the body language or any kind of physical manifestation.
Anne Siegel, Total Theatre.com; Veteran Milwaukee stage actor Mary MacDonald Kerr fills the intimate Studio Theater with both anticipation and suspense in the one-woman show, The Detective’s Wife.
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; “Art,” by the French playwright Yasmina Reza, is both thought-provoking and funny. The wonderful set design by Keith Pitts is evocative of the non-representational art of Piet Mondrian and sets the stage for a 90-minute discussion of art and a window into the nature of perception and the challenges of friendship. At times, the discussion becomes a bit gritty.
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?
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; 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.
by Anne Siegel, Total Theater.com; 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.