The Duck Variations

Cal Bruce and Tom Haig, veteran Madison actors, bring to life a conversation between two elderly men on a park bench. (Credit: Marie Schulte)Performances: January 2008

By David Mamet

Directed by Betty Diamond





The Duck Variations features two elderly friends, sitting on a lakeshore bench watching ducks and telling tales. Their conversation skirts around the issues of friendship and the fear of being alone.

See photos from MTG's production of The Duck Variations.


That's a lot to pack into a quick show, only about an hour, with 14 scenes in one act, but the acting is superb, and the Bartell's intimate setting is ideal.

- Jay Rath, Wisconsin State Journal: Don't Be Fooled By Play's Simplicity

With a single simple setting and sixty minutes of almost continuous dialogue, this is definitely an actors' showcase and Bruce and Haig are excellent matches for the material.

- Christian Neuhaus, Dane 101: Get Ducked with Madison Theatre Guild

As for the actors, Haig is believable in his dotage, waxing rhapsodic in ways that are as risible as they are ridiculous.

- Bruce Bradley, The Isthmus: The Duck Variations: Conversation piece

News Articles

Age, Bad Eyes Can't Stop This Actor: Tom Haig is taking the stage at the theatre he helped refurbish.

Gayle Worland, The Wisconsin State Journal