Press Reviews

The Permanent Way

"Credit director Brandon Ray and his uniformly superb cast for making intellectually searing material utterly immediate--technically and emotionally the characterizations in this New Leaf Theatre production are the match of anything you'd see at Steppenwolf or the Goodman."
*Recommended

--Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader - Click here to read the entire review.

"There is real honesty in these performances, especially the befuddled agony when confronted with the cover-your-butt response from those in charge."

--Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune - Click here to read the entire review.

*Metz also chose The Permanent Way as one of her five favorite "fringe" shows of 2007:

"Somehow this tiny company snagged the first U.S. rights to David Hare's terrific 2004 documentary-style play about the bureaucratic babble that led to several horrific rail disasters in Britain. There was real honsty and intelligence in this production, and it made an impact." - Click here to read the entire article.

"The Permanent Waystrikes hardest when the words of these real-life characters do the work. Their indignation, despair and anger are haunting...an excavation of human grief caused by forces beyond our control - and that is something we can all rage about."

--Megan Powell, Time Out Chicago - Click here to read the entire review.


Accelerando

"Credit director Brandon Ray and his uniformly superb cast for making intellectually searing material utterly immediate--technically and emotionally the characterizations in this New Leaf Theatre production are the match of anything you'd see at Steppenwolf or the Goodman."
*Recommended

--Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader - Click here to read the entire review.

Beatrice and Beau

"Chelsea Marcantel's Beatrice and Beau is especially good, with a young couple (the terrific Sarah Gitenstein and Michael Salinas) bickering in unison—I suspect the dark comedy will hit uncomfortably close to home for many."

-- Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"...[an] exceedingly clever look at the love-hate component in intimate relationships, expertly performed..."

--Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"...Beatrice and Beau is a brilliantly claustrophobic rendering of a failing relationship."

--Melissa Albert, Chicago Journal