Articles by Justin LeClaire

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

TITANIC at Griffin Theatre Company, Theatre 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

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

Theatre Review: Animal Farm at Steppenwolf – 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

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

Theatre Review: The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago – 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

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

Theatre Review: The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre – 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

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

Theatre Review: EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL with Broadway In Chicago – 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, Theatre Review – Stuck In a Vicious Cycle

MILES AWAY, Theatre 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, Theatre Review – A Swingers Party That Never Really Gets Swinging

The Qualms, 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, Theatre Review – Setting Sail for Broadway

THE LAST SHIP, 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, Theatre Review – Money Changes Everything

PARTNERS, 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, Theatre Review - Taking Aim at the American Dream

ASSASSINS, 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, Theatre Review – A Bloody Mess

Carrie: The Musical, 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’, Theatre Review – Looking Down on the Docks of Brooklyn

‘A View from the Bridge’, 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, Theatre Review – The Wayward West

THE WAY WEST, 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

God's Work, Theatre Review – An Unsettling Experience

God's Work, Theatre Review – An Unsettling Experience Albany Park Theatre Project presents an extremely disturbing show performed by local teenagers about resilience and overcoming abuse

'Dessa Rose' Theatre Review – Enslaved by Awful Writing

'Dessa Rose' Theatre Review – Enslaved by Awful Writing The cast does their best despite the bad material in “Dessa Rose” now playing at Bailiwick Chicago until April 5

Leveling Up, Theatre Review - Avoiding Reality Through Games

Leveling Up, Theatre Review - Avoiding Reality Through Games Leveling Up deals with four recently graduated college buddies who are escaping into a world of online games and social networking as a way of shielding themselves from the tough realities of becoming adults

Russian Transport, Theatre Review – A Russian-American Family on Edge

Russian Transport, Theatre Review – A Russian-American Family on Edge Russian Transport, now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre until May 11, offers a disturbing and provocative look at a modern Russian-American family who are making bad choices in order to assimilate themselves into modern American culture

ASSISTANCE Theatre Review – Endless Workplace Madness

ASSISTANCE Theatre Review – Endless Workplace Madness ‘Assistance’ now playing at LiveWire Theatre until March 16th is about a group of young professionals trying to make it in a high-stress work environment

‘Tribes’ Theatre Review – Finding a Beautiful Stillness Amongst Noise

‘Tribes’ Theatre Review – Finding a Beautiful Stillness Amongst Noise A beautifully written and superbly acted production about a young deaf man and a family deaf to the needs of others

‘Appropriate’ Theatre Review – Can We Really Move On From The Past?

‘Appropriate’ Theatre Review – Can We Really Move On From The Past? Victory Gardens production of Appropriate offers both a comedic and dramatic look at a dysfunctional family that is poisoned by the lasting effects of slavery and racism from earlier generations

‘The Mountaintop’ Theatre Review – Dr. King’s Vision for the Future on his Last Night

‘The Mountaintop’ Theatre Review – Dr. King’s Vision for the Future on his Last Night David Alan Anderson and Lisa Beasley ignite this provocative play about the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

‘9 Circles’ Theatre Review – A Dark Visceral Journey

‘9 Circles’ Theatre Review – A Dark Visceral Journey Though the material in '9 Circles' doesn't make for a lighthearted night out, it will leave you thinking about the cost of US involvement in the Middle East

‘NEXT TO NORMAL’ Theatre Review – There Will Be Light

‘NEXT TO NORMAL’ Theatre Review – There Will Be Light Drury Lane's production of “Next to Normal” does an all-around wonderful job of shining a light on the darkness surrounding mental illness

'The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn' Theatre Review – Fun and Innovative Theatre at its Best

'The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn' Theatre Review – Fun and Innovative Theatre at its Best A beautiful blend of writing and acting make The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn one of best plays you'll see

WEST SIDE STORY Review - A Truly Different Side

WEST SIDE STORY Review - A Truly Different Side The youthful cast of 'West Side Story' does its best, but many of them are unable to give the story the focus it deserves

Death Takes a Holiday Review - Death Has Never Sounded So Good

Death Takes a Holiday Review - Death Has Never Sounded So Good The performers do their best despite the material in Circle Theatre's production of 'Death Takes a Holiday' at Stage 773

Big Fish Theatre Review - Why a Musical?

Big Fish Theatre Review - Why a Musical? Big Fish tells the story of a man, Will Bloom (played by Bobby Steggert), who comes to reconcile with his estranged dying father, Edward Bloom (played by Norbert Leo Butz)by realizing that his father's stories are rooted from reality

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