Chamber Theatre's "A Thousand Clowns" A rebel with a cause
Saturday, August 18, 2012
by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine.com; You know Murray Burns. He’s a Seize-The-Day kind of guy who has no patience for the drudging 9 to 5. He’s always quick with a joke, and lives his life—it seems—to increase his corner-bar repertory of stories.
'A Thousand Clowns' strings together surviving and thriving
Thursday, August 16, 2012
by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The award-winning play and film “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner, still has something to say to us almost 50 years after its inception. It raises a lot of questions, most of which concern the distinction between a child and an adult, definitions which cannot be derived by age alone.
Total Theater.com review
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
by Anne Siegel, TotalTheater.com; Although decades have passed since this award-winning chestnut debuted on Broadway in 1964, the characters in A Thousand Clownsring as true today as they did then. The play revolves around the life of Murray Burns, a real-life Peter Pan. Despite the fact that he’s in his 30s, Murray just doesn’t want to grow up; “responsibility” is a dirty word in his vocabulary.
Milwaukee Chamber Captures Complexity of 'A Thousand Clowns'
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opened its season with a production of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. The 1960s classic offers an even mix of comedy and drama, featuring depth of emotion in characters that are all quite complex and sympathetically rendered.
That old devil uke: "A Thousand Clowns" is a funhouse mirror of our times
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
by Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theatre Examiner; Long before “out of the box” became a cliché, there was an American literary trope we could call “the free spirit”: From Auntie Mame to Harold and Maude, it depicts whimsical souls pitting themselves against a stiff, drab world. The first offering of Milwaukee Chamber Theater’s season, Herb Gardner’s 1962 Broadway hit A Thousand Clowns, fits neatly into that trajectory. This gentle satire is usually pegged as a celebration of non-conformity, but these days, when “freedom” has become the worship word of the hard right, the play is like a carnival mirror, reflecting a weirdly inverted image of our times.
"A Thousand Clowns" stands the test of time
Monday, August 13, 2012
by Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com; "Mounting an old play for today's audience is fraught with risk, but great acting, great direction and a wonderful environment can reduce that risk. In the case of "A Thousand Clowns," which opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, that risk is not only reduced but eliminated."
Chamber Theatre finds laughs, sadness amid 'A Thousand Clowns'
Saturday, August 11, 2012
by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "West's cast repeatedly hits pay dirt, earning well-deserved laughter without shying away from the underlying sadness - a recognition of the compromises involved in being human - at the heart of great comedy."
MCT’s “A Thousand Clowns”: Sit-com runs deep
Friday, August 10, 2012
by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; "Could they have accomplished such a subtle group acting task without a director of extraordinary insight? No. That director would be Jonathan West, who clearly understands both the big arc of the play and the timing of one-liners and visual comedy. Some screamingly funny moments, many with no words at all, punctuate the existential crises and arguments in Act 3."
State of the Milwaukee Arts: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Monday, August 13, 2012
By Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, ...In Broken and Entered, the first of the three Studio shows, two white brothers in their 30s move back in their late parents’ house after the neighborhood has turned mostly African-American. They reinvent themselves as burglars and steal luxury items from upscale suburbanites. One of them falls for a wealthy black woman intent on gentrifying the neighborhood.
MJS video - A Thousand Clowns
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Click "more info" to see a great Milwaukee Journal Sentinel preview video about A THOUSAND CLOWNS.
MCT Blog - Cast Interviews
Monday, August 6, 2012
Check out the MCT blog for fun interviews with the cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Click "more info" for the link
Meet the Cast
Monday, July 30, 2012
The cast of A THOUSAND CLOWNS! Matt Daniels, Thomas Kindler, Tom Klubertanz, Patrick Lawlor, Beth Mulkerron & Stephan Roselin
Send in the Clowns
Sunday, July 15, 2012
by Linda Loving, MCT Board member; (IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: There are no clowns appearing on stage in A THOUSAND CLOWNS; no red noses, no big shoes, no cotton candy, nothing.) Fifty years later, it’s never too late and not a minute too soon to experience the delightful dialogue and depth of Herb Gardner’s 1962 award-winning comedy A THOUSAND CLOWNS. Six quirky yet winsome characters dance in and out of each other’s New York City lives for two days, resulting in choices and insights which will last a lifetime.
Exploring Jewish Voices
Monday, July 2, 2012
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT), Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) are excited to announce the “Exploring Jewish Voices" series.