What audiences and reviewers say

You’d be hard pressed to find a more articulate production filled with deep-seeded emotions and long-fuming resentment with powerful charismatic turns fuels Idle Muse Theatre’s expert production of Goldman’s gem. You’ll be easily engaged and totally intrigued by these flawed yet human characters as they struggle for power and personal recognition. Kudos to the cast for offering such fine performances. See this play to experience the craftsmanship of Chicago storefront theatre.
— Tom Williams, Chicago Critic, Review of THE LION IN WINTER, 2011

Idle Muse always creates a world and characters I can get lost in; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde did just that, showing me many faces of evil and how the human psyche deals with it.
— Audience Member, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014

The entire ensemble is terrific… There is a real ensemble at work here.
— Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh, Review of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014

It was a wonderful surprise for a smaller theater to have such amazing acting and storyline. We took my mom who really enjoyed it as well. I would definitely recommend seeing this far better than some of the Chicago big shows.
— Audience Member, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014
My husband did not like theater until he saw this... And now he is hooked! Impressive!
— Audience Member, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014

Evocative re-imagining of Euripides’ war play...This mixture of different time periods makes Rites and Sacrifices a more complex and timeless piece...A powerful insight into the aftermath of war...A powerfully emotional piece...
— Patrick Dyer, Chicago Theatre Beat, Review of RITES AND SACRIFICES, 2014

Idle Muse Theatre Company have, from their very inception, essayed only the most challenging of projects. Their realization of this vintage action-adventure tale overcomes its limitations with an alacrity as seemingly effortless as that with which their genius detective uncovers clues, outwits adversaries and resolves disorder presenting a threat to his society. Credit Jackson for directing his cast to play their roles seriously, with no winks or asides—even when encumbered by a running gag involving Holmes’ exhaustive reference library. Conviction like this, conveyed with understatement proportionate to its intimate quarters, renders plausible the most artificial of occurrences.
— Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times, Review of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE, 2010

This was a well done version of this timeless classic. They created quite the ambiance. I really enjoyed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and look forward to seeing future shows by Idle Muse.
— Audience Member, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014
Established in 2006, Idle Muse is a relative newcomer to the Chicago theatre scene; however, it has since proven its mettle, receiving among its accolades a nomination for a Jeff Award for Best Ensemble.
— Megan Horst-Hatch, CBS Chicago, 2014 Fall Theatre Preview listing for DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 2014

Seldom do you witness non-Equity actors with so fine a grasp of Shakespeare’s text. The sheer energy of these four radiates throughout the intimate Side Project stage. Using a black box set with only a wooden pallet and a long red bolt of cloth as an all-purpose prop, the players exude imagination and verbal dexterity to present their escapist script
— Tom Williams, Chicago Critic, Review of SHAKESPEARE'S R&J, 2012

If you like the Greeks come see this play. If you like modern political dramas, come see this play. And if you wish to know, without experiencing, how tragedy national and personal can forge a soul to iron or overthrow a noble mind, please do come see this play, for its look at the price of war is accurate and wrenching in any time.
— Ben Kemper, Chicago Theatre Review, Review of RITES AND SACRIFICES, 2014

...the entire cast captivates with their stellar performances, it’s ladies’ night as the gals dominate this stage...
— Katy Walsh, Chicago Theatre Beat, Review of ENCHANTED APRIL, 2013