Tick, Tick . . . Boom! | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Tick, Tick . . . Boom! The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2017

A proto-Rent with less politics and more whining, Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical Tick, Tick . . . Boom! is an often insufferable portrait of a composer overwhelmed by anxiety as he approaches 30. The three-person cast makes this musical especially attractive to smaller theaters, but Donald Kolakowski’s basic direction doesn’t delve deep enough into the characters to make their relationships honest and believable. Nic Eastlund has a traditional musical-theater voice that's occasionally at odds with the rock score, but he captures Jon’s intensifying fear and frustration as he caves under the pressure of his career and love life. Molly LeCaptain is the bright spot of the production as Jon’s irritated girlfriend. Her performance radiates a sad affection for this man who will never put her before his work, and her singing is powerful while at the same time finely modulated for Prop Thtr’s small space. —Oliver Sava

Price: $30

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