Home / A&E / Theater / Milwaukee Crime Drama at Eastbrook

Milwaukee Crime Drama at Eastbrook

Jun. 11, 2013
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest
Morningstar Productions' ends its season with Alan Atwood's Captive. The contemporary crime drama is set on Milwaukee's North Side. Deleono Johnson brings a satisfying complexity to the stage in the role of Clay, a troubled young man on the run after witnessing the death of a close friend. Clay is no angel, but neither is Tilly. As the play begins, Tilly is a complete stranger to Clay, who has run into her home to hide. Lori Woodall-Schaufler avoids quite a few clichés and turns out a respectably charming performance as a pious woman with a rather curious relationship with fear.

Morningstar Productions is a Christian theater group, but Atwood's script keeps more than enough distance from religion to reach deep into the heart of human connection in a way that's enjoyable for general audiences. 

The script itself has a nice rhythm. It has a solidly constructed beginning and a satisfying ending. Somewhere in between it runs approximately half an hour too long, but this is more or less forgivable as Johnson and Woodall-Schaufler build up a compelling connection.

The give and take of emotional aggression between Clay and Tilly is fun to watch in the early part of the story, but Atwood over-renders some of the dialogue and things get murky toward the middle of the drama.

The play picks up towards the end with a resolution that involves David Sapiro cutting a stylishly precise figure as an undercover Milwaukee cop.

Captive runs through June 21 at Eastbrook Church, 5353 N. Green Bay Ave. For ticket reservations, call 414-228-5220 ext. 385.


Would white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan pose the same threat they do now if a mainstream Republican were president instead of Donald Trump?

Getting poll results. Please wait...