Never the Sinner | CIC Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 2 2009
Phone: 773-485-0924
Price: $10-$15
Screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) launched his career with this drama about the 1924 case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, teenage University of Chicago students who murdered a neighbor boy to assert themselves as Nietzschean supermen. The play--written in the early 1980s, when Logan was a Northwestern University student--jumps back and forth in time, juxtaposing the killers' trial with scenes examining how manipulative Loeb offered sex to love-struck Leopold in return for Leopold's participation in the crime. Director Michael Rashid's staging for the fledgling Project 891 Theatre Company is erratically paced. But Ron Popp and Matt Hays are engrossing as Leopold and Loeb--simultaneously creepy and sympathetic as they chart the lovers' shifting dynamics of dominance and submission. Gary Murphy is strong as Clarence Darrow, whose defense turned "the trial of the century" into a powerful protest against capital punishment. --Albert Williams
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