The Lepers of Baile Baiste | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

The Lepers of Baile Baiste 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

With all the news over the past decade about priests sexually abusing young boys, the climactic admission in Ronan Noone's play is unsurprising. And as we're waiting for the situation's full ugliness to be revealed, an uneven cast dulls the drama of discovering the long-term consequences of a priest's offenses against a classroom of Irish schoolchildren. And yet Michael S. Pieper's production can be entertaining and affecting. Anthony Cummins and Ehren Fournier are particularly credible as two of the classmates, one a righteous victim seeking justice, or at least acknowledgment, and the other a more broken-down man who wants the past left buried. It's regrettable that the other actors overplay for laughs or get overwhelmed by the emotion the script demands, because when the cast is confident, this meaty material makes for a good show. Through 12/4: Thu-Sat 8 PM. Boxer Rebellion Theater, 1257 W. Loyola, 773-465-7325. $10-$15.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
August 20
Performing Arts
October 02

Popular Stories