Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Chamber's masterful "Great Expectations" exceeds every single one

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Two of the finest writers in history have turned their language and skill to the twin subjects of greatness and expectations.

In "Twelfth Night," William Shakespeare had Malvolio utter perhaps the best line ever when he said, "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."

And in "Sense and Sensibility," Jane Austen wrote "to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect."

If ever those two concepts were joined together on a stage, it would be in "Great Expectations," the surprising and brilliant adaptation by Milwaukee's own Gale Childs Daly which opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

To say that this is mostly likely not the Charles Dickens novel you had to read in high school is to do justice to neither the novel nor the play. This production, under the singular direction of Molly Rhode, pays tribute to everything Dickens wrote and more.

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