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  Haunting Julia at Athenaeum Theatre

Haunting Julia

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

The Ayckbourn season concludes with the Chicago premiere of Haunting Julia. Julia Lukin was a musical prodigy who committed suicide 12 years earlier. Her father Joe has never come to terms with her death, and in the Julia Lukin Centre For Performing Studies, he hopes to discover what happened by meeting with a psychic, Ken, and Julia's boyfriend, Andy, who was the last person to see her alive. The men meet in Julia's preserved bedroom and Joe reveals that he believes Julia is trying to contact him, haunting him in order to explain what happened. Between the three men, the story of Julia's life and death is gradually revealed. As each of the men's feelings and recollections come to light, Ken believes Julia is poised to appear. Former Shattered Globe Artistic Director and Jeff Award Winning artist Kevin Hagan returns to Eclipse to direct the thrilling conclusion to the Alan Ayckbourn season.

Thru - Dec 8, 2013

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $22-$28

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

Running Time: 1hr, 35mins; one intermission

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  Haunting Julia Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Kevin Hagan's direction and clever set deliver the chills when needed, but too much of this play involves static arguments between the three men about the nature of faith, genius and mental instability, none of which reveal anything more profound than that suicide also kills the spirits of the living. Woodel's performance, in particular, seems hesitant when he should be baring his teeth and showing the hard-edged man who lived his life for his daughter and may have had more to do with her death than he cares to admit."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...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."
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Tony Adler

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...In a play so heavy with death, Woodel is pulsing with honest, tortured life. His artful, understated performance sparks, boils over, then wanes again as his character is still coping with the loss of a child he never really understood. By comparison, Pierson and Hoerl's sometimes heavier-handed interpretations shine dimmer, though their performances have their strong points too. The unevenness and some unanswered questions drain a bit of the show's concentrated, intimate energy, but not much."
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Gwen Purdom

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Haunting Julia is a powerful theatrical experience that delivers expertly the elements of a fine mystery-and-it is done live before our eyes, and it works. Kudos to Eclipse Theatre for their theatrical craftsmanship."
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Tom Williams

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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