Milwaukee Chamber Theatre



  • February 19, 2014read more

    by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily; If playwright Lori Matthews could tell me only one thing to report back about her play October, Before I Was Born, it’s this: “It’s not as dreadfully painful as it sounds.”

  • February 4, 2014read more

    by Marcella Kearns; Lori Matthews, playwright of OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN, hails originally from Kingsport, TN, though she now makes her home in Stoughton, WI. She was born, as the title of this semi-autobiographical piece implies, less than a year after tragedy struck her hometown. ... "I imagine it’s similar to people who were in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor, people who were in Dallas when JFK was shot,” Matthews says. “There’s something that happens in your backyard that changes the way the world looks the next day. In our area, for a long time, it was this accident."

  • January 29, 2014read more

    Dear theatre-lover, It suddenly occurred to me what a lucky guy I am! I’m about to direct two incredible scripts back-to-back here at MCT that are as different as night and day! The first is a realistic drama that was written in 2010 about an actual incident in 1960; the second is a madcap comedy that was written in 1989, but takes place in 1934...

  • January 16, 2014read more

    From “The Day Kingsport Wept,” a retrospective on the Eastman aniline explosion; by Mary Kiss, Kingsport Times, October 5, 1975. “In Kinsgport, much of life is attuned to the rhythm of Tennessee Eastman Company. Traffic ebbs and flows with the changing of shifts at the giant chemical plant on the southern edge of the city…

  • November 24, 2013read more

    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.

  • November 20, 2013read more

    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.

  • November 17, 2013read more

    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."

  • November 16, 2013read more

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

  • November 4, 2013read more

    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.

  • October 13, 2013read more

    by Russ Bickerstaff, Express; Wisconsin playwright Kimberly Megna Yarnall's WAITING comes to the Broadway Theatre Center this month courtesy of a staged reading with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The play is a comic look at the journey to parenthood as a contemporary couple deals with the difficulties of infertility.