News
Top News

Chicago Theater Review: ‘Lettie’ at Victory Gardens Theater

“Lettie,” a family drama about a woman emerging from prison and addiction with a desire to reclaim the teenage kids who have barely seen her in seven years, is that rare play that manages to be both pessimistic and hopeful, with a central character simultaneously deeply sympathetic and infuriating. Playwright Boo Killebrew, currently a writer on Netflix’s “Longmire,” provides a gorgeously lucid view of a genuine, flawed person trying really hard, or at least thinking she is, whose life trajectory twists based on evolving social forces and family dynamics, combined with an unchanging and problematic personality.

Receiving its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater under the sharply elegant direction of the theater’s artistic director Chay Yew, “Lettie” is one of those over-the-top superb Chicago theatrical experiences that seems to spring up with little warning every so often — think Tony winners “August: Osage County” and “The Humans” — filled with

See full article on Variety