Under America: Review Round Up

Jacob Juntunen’s socially charged world premiere inspired a lot of dialogue. Here’s a gathering of reviews of our first season production of Under America.

“As long as Mortar Theatre continues to put out a high level of execution, this could be a group to watch for years to come.”
“Juntunen has a very strong sense of voice.”
“Along with a strong script, there are a host of very strong performances throughout.”
-Paul Cosca, SteadStyleChicago.com

“There’s no denying the social commitment of Juntunen and the Mortar Theatre Company.”
Under America’s revelations will probably enlighten you.”
-Mary Barnidge, Windy City Times

“Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, the ensemble is ON!”
“The imagery is poignant!”
-Katy Walsh, TheFourthWalsh.com

[Mortar likes] “to ask big questions and explore unique perspectives.”
“Juntunen and company could easily hit gold with their upcoming season.”
-Barry Eitel, ChicagoTheaterBlog.com

[Mortar has] “the ambition and desire to say something meaningful.”
-Robert Bullen, ChiTheatreAddict.com

Under America has potential to be a strong dramatic play with an important message behind it.”
-Timothy McGuire, ChicagoCritic.com

“Harvith’s cast shows commitment to the material, and Juntunen, to his credit, doesn’t provide easy answers or make Sam a hero.”
-Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

“The prodigal-son tension between Michael and Abe carries a lot of emotional heft.”
-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“There’s a lot to admire in Jacob Juntunen’s unabashedly didactic new play about public housing, institutional racism, and the prison system.”
-Dan Weissman, Chicago Reader

“So far, this is the best g*@d!$mned show I’ve seen this year.”
-Anderson Lawfer and Eric Roach, Reviews You Can Iews

And if you’re a critic who would like to have your say, contact our Marketing Director Michelle Underwood (michelle (at) mortartheatrecompany (dot) org). She’d be happy to send you information about our next season.

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