Articles by Justin LeClaire

THE HERD at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – An Enthralling, Touching, and Unforgettable Must-See Production

THE HERD at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – An Enthralling, Touching, and Unforgettable Must-See Production Rory Kinnear’s penetrating and extremely moving family drama, THE HERD, is the finest production Steppenwolf has ever done and is an absolutely gripping and beautiful production that is not to be missed

THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE at the Goodman Theatre, Review – A Fake and Phony Farce

THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE at the Goodman Theatre, Review – A Fake and Phony Farce The Upstairs Concierge, now playing at the Goodman Theatre until April 26, is a misguided farce that tries too hard to be funny and ends up being anything but humorous

TWO TRAINS RUNNING at the Goodman Theatre, Review – Serving Up Plenty Of Food For Thought

TWO TRAINS RUNNING at the Goodman Theatre, Review – Serving Up Plenty Of Food For Thought “Two Trains Running” now playing at the Goodman Theatre until April 19th, is an interesting play that simmers with a building rage of discontentment underneath its relatively stable surface

FIRST WIVES CLUB: THE MUSICAL with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – An Unfinished Rough Draft

FIRST WIVES CLUB: THE MUSICAL with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – An Unfinished Rough Draft The downtown tryout of FIRST WIVES CLUB: THE MUSICAL, now playing at the Oriental Theatre until March 29th, has much work to do before it’s ready to take the leap to Broadway

ORDINARY DAYS at BoHo Theatre, Review – Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

ORDINARY DAYS at BoHo Theatre, Review – Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary ORDINARY DAYS, now playing at BoHo Theatre until March 15, is a powerful, moving, and wonderful intimate chamber musical about four young individuals finding beauty in the ordinary

MARIE ANOINETTE at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Vogue Take On Versailles

MARIE ANOINETTE at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Vogue Take On Versailles Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette” is a visually beautiful contemporary play that explores the cult of celebrity

NEXT THING YOU KNOW with Refuge Theatre Project, Review – A Portrait of Twenty-Something Anxiety

NEXT THING YOU KNOW with Refuge Theatre Project, Review – A Portrait of Twenty-Something Anxiety “Next Thing You Know” now playing at the Den Theatre until March 8th is a splendid little musical about four twenty-something New Yorkers dealing with the pains of having to grow up

FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at the Royal George Theatre, Review – Leave No Cliché Unturned

FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at the Royal George Theatre, Review – Leave No Cliché Unturned First Date now playing at the Royal George Theatre is a thoroughly ill-conceived production of an already awful musical that is not worth seeing

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at the Goodman Theatre, Review – Women Who Want It All

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at the Goodman Theatre, Review – Women Who Want It All Rapture, Blister, Burn now playing at the Goodman Theatre until February 22nd is a smartly written and funny play that explores feminism and asks the universal question of what is really guiding our own happiness in life

KEVIN GRIFFIN at City Winery, Review – Flying Solo

KEVIN GRIFFIN at City Winery, Review – Flying Solo Kevin Griffin, the lead singer of the band Better Than Ezra, performed at City Winery on January 25th

PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION at Bailiwick Chicago, Theatre Review – It's A Drag

PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION at Bailiwick Chicago, Theatre Review – It's A Drag Princess Mary Demands Your Attention now playing at Bailiwick Chicago until February 21 is a story about a young man trying to grow up and come into his own

Howie Day at City Wintery – Brace Yourself

Howie Day at City Wintery – Brace Yourself Howie Day performed at City Winery on January 9 and 10 to promote the release of his upcoming album on April 14

AIRLINE HIGHWAY at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – Mixed Messages

AIRLINE HIGHWAY at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – Mixed Messages “Airline Highway” now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre is an interesting, yet confusing exploration at a group of misfits at a cheap motel on the outskirts of New Orleans who are throwing a party to say goodbye to their adopted mother

NEWSIES with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – A Quintessential “Gateway Musical”

NEWSIES with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – A Quintessential “Gateway Musical” The National Tour of NEWSIES, now playing at the Ford Oriental Theatre until January 4th, is a simple, spirited, and old-fashioned type of musical that is a great stage adaptation of the 1992 movie flop

THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Theatre Wit, Review – A Humorous Modern-day Holiday Classic

THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Theatre Wit, Review – A Humorous Modern-day Holiday Classic The Santaland Diaries now playing at Theatre Wit until December 28 is a humorous, sincere, and engrossing holiday story which is based on the famous short story by the comedic writer David Sedaris

LOOKINGGLASS ALICE at Lookingglass Theatre, Review: A Captivating, Dazzling, and Ultimately Breathtaking Experience

LOOKINGGLASS ALICE at Lookingglass Theatre, Review: A Captivating, Dazzling, and Ultimately Breathtaking Experience LOOKINGGLASS ALICE now playing at Lookingglass Theatre until February 15th 2015 is an amazing, stirring, comedic, and visually stunning magical experience that is truly unlike anything I have ever seen

TITANIC at Griffin Theatre Company, Review – Doing More With Less

TITANIC at Griffin Theatre Company, Review – Doing More With Less Griffin Theatre Company’s superb minimalistic presentation of Titanic, now playing at Theatre Wit until December 7th, is a remarkable achievement that should serve as a clear example of how powerful even a faulty show can be simply by doing less

AMAZING GRACE Review, Broadway In Chicago – A New Musical That Needs A Lot More Work

AMAZING GRACE Review, Broadway In Chicago – A New Musical That Needs A Lot More Work Amazing Grace now playing at the Bank of America Theatre until November 2nd is the newest show in Chicago to do an out-of-town tryout, and for good reason because this musical needs a lot of work before its ready for Broadway

Animal Farm at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Great Adaptation of a Classic Novel

Animal Farm at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Great Adaptation of a Classic Novel George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm comes alive on stage in this faithful adaptation now playing as part of Steppenwolf’s Theatre for Young Adults outreach program until November 14

The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago. Theatre Review – An Outstanding Party

The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago. Theatre Review – An Outstanding Party Bailiwick Chicago’s excellent production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party is an overwhelming mixture of many themes and characters, but it’s a rewarding party and one you definitely won’t want to miss

The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – Mesmerizing and Mysterious

The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – Mesmerizing and Mysterious The Night Alive by Connor McPherson, now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre until November 16, is a story about five flawed individuals who are stumbling in the dark searching for light in their lives

EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – A Bloody Awful Show

EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – A Bloody Awful Show Evil Dead the Musical now playing until October 12 at the Broadway Playhouse is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in Chicago and not worth the money.

MILES AWAY at Side Project Theatre Company, Review – Stuck In a Vicious Cycle

MILES AWAY at Side Project Theatre Company, Review – Stuck In a Vicious Cycle In Side Project Theatre's new play, Mile Away, two desperate pool hustlers are holed up in a cheap hotel where a brutal cycle of dependency, betrayal, and hope comes to a head

The Qualms at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Swingers Party That Never Really Gets Swinging

The Qualms at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – A Swingers Party That Never Really Gets Swinging The Qualms, a world premiere now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre until August 31st is a provocative, thought-provoking, and very funny dark comedy that revolves around complex issues involving monogamy, morals, fidelity, and sex.

THE LAST SHIP with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – Setting Sail for Broadway

THE LAST SHIP with Broadway In Chicago, Theatre Review – Setting Sail for Broadway The Last Ship, with music by the famous rock-star Sting, now playing until July 13, could use some additional work before it sails to Broadway this fall, but so far the show is off to a very encouraging start and it is well worth seeing

PARTNERS at Live Wire Chicago, Theatre Review – Money Changes Everything

PARTNERS at Live Wire Chicago, Theatre Review – Money Changes Everything LiveWire Chicago’s production of Partners provides a fascinating examination of two young couples who are trying to maneuver the uncertainties of financial stability in their different partnerships

ASSASSINS with Kokandy Productions, Theatre Review - Taking Aim at the American Dream

ASSASSINS with Kokandy Productions, Theatre Review - Taking Aim at the American Dream Kokandy Production's ASSASSINS now playing at Theatre Wit until July 20th does a wonderful job portraying the downfall of the American Dream as told by nine people who tried to, and in four cases actually did, kill the President of the United States

Carrie: The Musical at Bailiwick Chicago, Theatre Review – A Bloody Mess

Carrie: The Musical at Bailiwick Chicago, Theatre Review – A Bloody Mess Bailiwick Chicago’s production of Carrie: the Musical now playing until July 12, 2014 at Victory Gardens is a mess despite years of re-writes, but the show's magnificent leading lady shines above it all

'A View From the Bridge' at Teatro Vista Company, Theatre Review – Looking Down on the Docks of Brooklyn

'A View From the Bridge' at Teatro Vista Company, Theatre Review – Looking Down on the Docks of Brooklyn “A View from the Bridge” is arguably Arthur Miller’s best play and this production, though lacking in symbolism and details, still remains engaging and highly entertaining

THE WAY WEST at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – The Wayward West

THE WAY WEST at Steppenwolf Theatre, Review – The Wayward West The Way West is a richly layered and thoroughly enjoyable new play about a family struggling to survive a financial disaster

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