|What we need now is a play with hope!
What we need now is a play with rich
What we need now is a play with charm
What we need now is "The Madwoman Of
Dale Gutzman and Off
The Wall Theatre proudly presented a brand new version of one of
the world's most famous comedies, "The Madwoman Of Chaillot."
The Artistic Center of Paris is threatened when corrupt businessmen and
politicians seek to drill for oil beneath the very streets where the "bohemians"
live. Only Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot can save them. She enlists
the aid of her three mad associates, and like "the Four Musketeers" they
do battle not only to save Paris but the entire world!
Here is a "fantastic" comedy
with very real bite to it. The play's wildly satiric attack on corporate
greed, political corruption and the terrible waste of natural resources
makes for a potent evening of comedic theater.
The cast of Eighteen of Milwaukee's
best known actors was headed by the multi-talented Marilyn White.
She has played everything from Juliet to Mother Courage,
and with "Madwoman" she essayed one of the greatest female stage
roles ever written. She was ably abetted by Christine Horgan, Caitlin Kujawski
Compton and the inimitable drag goddess Maple Vaneer as her "Mad" companions.
Robert Hirschi, Jeff Grygny,
Sharon Nieman-Koebert and William Molitor played
"The President, the Prospector, the Baroness, and the Broker," all
more than willing to sacrifice Chaillot and its artistic inhabitants for
their own selfish greed.
One of the more interesting
roles in the show is that of "the Ragman!" In a virtuoso performance,
he is called upon to defend the corrupt villains, and does so with a magnificent
monologue. We were very lucky to have the creative Michael Pocaro
to play this role for us.
Other characters of Chaillot
includeed: Barbara Weber as "the Sewerman," Barbara Zaferos
as "the French Singer," Sandy Lewis as "the Mime," Lori
Morse as "The Flower Seller," and Lawrence J. Lukasavage as
"The Waiter of the Café."
What is a comedy about Paris
without Lovers? Our lovers were played by Jenny Kosek as "Irma,"
a waitress who has learned how to survive on the streets and maintain a
heart of gold and OFF THE WALL newcomer Kyle Conner as Pierre a romantic
young man who has fallen upon hard times. He is saved from a very unusual
drowning by Mark Ninneman as the ever present "Parisian Policeman."
Add to the mix an invisible
dog, ghostly voices, a secret passage, a stolen feather boa, and A BOMB,
and our audiences had an evening of theater that bursted with laughter,
love and warmth.
Technical Direction by David
Roper. Directed and Adapted by Dale Gutzman.
This is a play that tackled equality,
compassion, romance, technology, and faith! Sometimes it takes the
mad to save the sane!