Urinetown
Chip Arnold as Cladwell.
  • Post published:July 8, 2019
photo by Dalton Hamilton
Nashville Repertory Theatre
Directed by Jason Tucker
Role: Caldwell B. Cladwell
September 2019

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!”

“…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
Chip Arnold as Cladwell.
Photo by Michael Scott Evans.

“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

“…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