Haunting Julia | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 8 2013
Price: $22-$28
You know what you're waiting for through most of Haunting Julia. Theatrical conventions being what they are, you even know pretty much how it'll arrive. But years of turning out door-slamming sex comedies have made Brit playwright Alan Ayckbourn a master at manipulating audience expectations, and he applies that expertise neatly and effectively to this 1994 occult thriller about three men and a dead musical prodigy. The script benefits, moreover, from Ayckbourn's insight that the power of a good ghost story has less to do with a ghost that haunts than a haunted ghost. The benefits of this Eclipse Theatre production are more ambiguous. On the one hand, it travels a long way on cool special effects and the interesting dynamic between JP Pierson and Ted Hoerl as two of the men. But Norm Woodel seems lost in the all-important role of the third man, leaving a hole where substance is most needed. —Tony Adler



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