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Birdland,  2018, Steep Theatre.  Photo by Lee Miller

Birdland, 2018, Steep Theatre.

Photo by Lee Miller


Birdland

“…the central performance from Joel Reitsma blew me away.”

“The most remarkable thing about this staging is how Reitsma, whose performance is blisteringly good…actually makes you believe he’s a rock star.”

“This, truly, is a spectacularly charismatic performance…”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.

Source: Chicago Tribune Review, and Special Feature.


Joel was featured in Chris Jones’ “Top 10 best performances in Chicago theater in 2018”, and in Kris Vire’s “SR Digest: 2018’s best theatrical moments.

Birdland,  2018, Steep Theatre.  Photo by Lee Miller

Birdland, 2018, Steep Theatre.

Photo by Lee Miller


“Reitsma is a thrill to behold: exacting yet impulsive, rigorous yet unrestrained. If this isn't the performance of the season, I can't imagine what could be.”

-Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader Critic

Source: “Joel Reitsma’s Star Turn In Birdland May Be The Performance Of The Season” Chicago Reader


“[Birdland] probably wouldn’t work at all without the right actor in the lead, and Joel Reitsma more than delivers.”

-Conor McShane, Performink Critic.

Source: Performink Chicago


By The Water,  2017, Northlight Theatre  Photo by Michael Brosilow

By The Water, 2017, Northlight Theatre

Photo by Michael Brosilow

By The Water

…a breakout performance.”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Invisible Hand , 2017, Steep Theatre  Photo by Lee Miller

The Invisible Hand, 2017, Steep Theatre

Photo by Lee Miller

The Invisible Hand

Featured Interview: “Role Playing: Joel Reitsma drew moral profit from banker-captor clash of Invisible Hand by Lawrence B. Johnson for Chicago On The Isle.

Motortown,  2013, Steep Theatre  Photo by Lee Miller

Motortown, 2013, Steep Theatre

Photo by Lee Miller

Motortown

“…a really fascinating performance…”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.

Source: Chicago Tribune


“...Reitsma's performance is impeccably controlled, simultaneously both mesmerizing and repellent. …a remarkable achievement.”

-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago Critic.

Source: Time Out Chicago ‘Motortown Review.


“Joel Reitsma is radioactive…”

-Keith Griffith, Chicago Reader Critic.

Source: Motortown’ Review