Comedy of Manners
Jeeves resolves all at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Matt Daniels returns to the role of Jeeves in great form. He manifests a studied perfection in the role that allows him to make maximum impact with minimal presence onstage. This allows the more obvious end of the comedy to rest in the capable hands of the rest of the ensemble. Chase Stoeger brings pleasant sitcom-esque charm in the role of Jeeves' wealthy socialite employer. Also making a notable appearance here is Marcy Kearns as Wooster's Aunt Dahlia, who requests his company at her estate. Kearns is delightfully stern and droll as the plot gradually intensifies in complexity. Karen Estrada shows a markedly brilliant sense of comic delivery as the overly dramatic, floridly romantic Madeline Bassett. Norman Moses manages to make a couple of weakly comic characters shine around the edges of the performance with the heart of a man who knows what he's doing in this kind of a production.
The remarkable thing about Jeeves in Bloom is how little the title character is actually in the story. Daniels is clever enough in the role to allow the central action of the play to assert itself, but it would be more satisfying to see more of him.
Jeeves in Bloom runs through April 28, at the Broadway Theatre Center's Cabot Theatre. For ticket reservations, call 414-291-7800 or visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com.