Urinetown

photo by Dalton Hamilton

Nashville Repertory Theatre
Directed by Jason Tucker
Role: Caldwell B. Cladwell

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought leads to a government-forced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough and leads the poor to rise up and fight for the freedom to go “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like!”

Photo by Michael Scott Evans

“…evil and nefarious Caldwell B. Cladwell, played with unctuous charm and confidence by Chip Arnold. Arnold is superb as the deceitful Cladwell.”

Jeffery Ellis
Broadway World

“It’s also a real treat to see Chip Arnold — an exceptional actor best known for taking on iconic roles like Willy Loman and Atticus Finch — reveling in the unbridled knavery of Caldwell B. Cladwell. His comedic delivery of “Mr. Cladwell” and “Don’t Be the Bunny” is great.”

Amy Stumpfl
Nashville Scene

Caldwell sings “Don’t Be The Bunny.” In the background: L to R-Matthew Carlton, Jacob York, Derek Whittaker, Sam Whited, and Megan Murphy Chambers; photo by Dalton Hamilton

“…the utterly ruthless Caldwell B. Cladwell, played with great oily charm by Chip Arnold.”

Evans Donnell
StageCritic.com

“Many of the show’s musical numbers bring the chuckles, and a bona fide favorite is “Don’t Be the Bunny,” led by Arnold’s dastardly character Cladwell. Arnold is usually seen playing more serious, dramatic characters…In my opinion, Arnold is the best dramatic actor we have in Nashville, and it’s remarkable to experience him in a comedic role. His perfect performance in Urinetown puts an even brighter spotlight on what a treasure he is in Nashville’s theater community.”

Chad Young
Nashville Parent Magazine

Caldwell with his adoring staff; photo by Dalton Hamilton