Never the Sinner | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Never the Sinner The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 6 2015

John Logan’s 1985 courtroom drama concerns the case of Leopold and Loeb, the wealthy University of Chicago undergrads who killed 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924. They said they did it to test Nietzschean ideas about supermen beyond the reach of ordinary morality, but Logan is less concerned with motives than exploring the currents of dominance and desire passing between the two killers. This revival directed by Gary Griffin is slick and efficient, but Japhet Balaban’s Leopold and Jordan Brodress’s Loeb fail to generate much heat together. They’re convincing as remorseless snots, but not codependent remorseless snots. As the duo’s famous attorney, Clarence Darrow, Keith Kupferer manages to convey a kind of folksy exasperation, but his role feels tangential to the play’s main themes. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$60


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