One of the things that everyone involved in the theater world in Milwaukee says is that they wish there were more opportunities for Wisconsin playwrights.
The fact is that smaller companies, like those in Milwaukee, operate on a slim margin, and so they have to try for shows that will bring in an audience and not take too many risks.
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will step out on that limb of risk when they open "Broken and Entered" by Madison playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown Sept. 26.
The play is about two brothers who return to their family home in a crumbling inner-city community. They begin to burglarize houses in a nearby upscale neighborhood when Wally falls for a wealthy neighbor.
Talking about his play, Brown said, "It became a play in which I wanted to explore unusual motivations for crime. It's about struggle, an attempt to get even. In which race is involved but it's really about class. It's about a logical madness involved in trying to get even with the world and to eradicate one's past."
Suzan Fete, the co-artistic director of Renaissance Theaterworks, where she directed the memorable production of "Reasons To Be Pretty" a couple of years ago, directs the production.
The play features the exquisite Marti Gobel in the role of the wealthy neighbor. Andrew Voss and Jonathan Wainwright play the brothers in a tempestuous pairing that should provide sparks. Voss is busy making a real name for himself in Milwaukee's theater community.
The play runs Sept. 28-Oct. 14. Tickets are available at the box office in the Broadway Theatre Center, by phone at (414) 791-9800 or online at milwaukeechambertheatre.com.
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