Milwaukee Chamber Theatre



  • April 15, 2014read more

    by Anne Siegel, Total; Milwaukee Chamber Theater closes its current season with the madcap mayhem of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR. Every aspect of this production gleams with professional precision, making this a highlight of the company’s current season.

  • April 15, 2014read more

    By Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast; Ken Ludwig’s expertly constructed LEND ME A TENOR has dominated the commercial world of farce for a quarter of a century in multiple professional and amateur manifestations.

  • April 14, 2014read more

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; There’s a reason why Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor has been staged umpteen times around the world--from the West End to Broadway to high schools--since it premiered in 1986. It’s a classic, “well-made” farce that offers juicy comic parts—from the opera star to the starry-eyed ingénue to even the hotel bellhop—that actors love to play. And there’s an obvious glow of pleasure radiating from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production, which opened at the Broadway Theatre Center this weekend.

  • April 13, 2014read more

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Appearing in the plain light of day, he's a bespectacled nebbish, pining for a woman who treats him like a sibling. Disguised in tights and a fluttering red cape at night, he becomes a soaring superhero. I'm speaking, naturally, of Max — downtrodden assistant to a temperamental impresario in the frothy "Lend Me a Tenor," Ken Ludwig's oft-produced and unabashedly silly farce. Under C. Michael Wright's direction, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre — in collaboration with Marquette University actors and designers — is giving "Tenor" a rollicking production in the Cabot Theatre.

  • February 26, 2014read more

    ~Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express; Matthews’ words have a double meaning in this 90-minute, no intermission production at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The storyline is based on an actual 1960 explosion at Tennessee Eastman Company. Director C. Michael Wright deftly balances the growing tension of the factory explosion’s outcome with the emotionally charged atmosphere inside the family home.

  • February 25, 2014read more

    ~Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast Daily; ...the characters are thoughtfully developed with unforced moments of family humor, plus sly reminders that ordinary real people, not propaganda props, lived through this. It’s all worked out in great detail over 90 minutes by three actors and director C. Michael Wright – a literal “kitchen sink” drama.

  • February 24, 2014read more

    by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; "OCTOBER, which was developed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and premiered this weekend, has Southern Literature’s knack for thoughtfully infusing the commonplace with Big Ideas about Life and Death. Drawn—in a way—from the circumstances of her own life, Matthews’ play blends the everyday and the fundamental, and finds the occasional flashes of poetry that can emerge from that connection."

  • February 23, 2014read more

    by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; "But the heart of this often very moving play doesn't involve the disaster that sets it in motion, but rather Matthews' quiet and probing exploration of how we respond. Do such disasters bring out the best or the worst in those living through them?"

  • November 27, 2013read more

    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.

  • November 27, 2013read more

    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.