Luce | Next Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 9 2014
Price: $30-$40
The title character is a 17-year-old kid from Congo who was orphaned by war when he was seven. Adopted by a middle-class white American couple, he grew into a handsome, charming football star and honors student—everybody's favorite example of trauma overcome. Thing is, Luce may be far more fucked-up than he lets on. JC Lee's 2013 one-act works too hard at getting its social-significance ticket punched. There are forays into high school rape culture, the dangers of social media, the means and ends of progressive education that scream relevance without resonating. Yet when Lee, director Keira Fromm, and a small, well-honed cast get down to the soul of the piece—what it means to love a child—they communicate an awful poignancy. Jerry McKinnon is perfectly, disturbingly winning as Luce. —Tony Adler



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