Superheroes are appearing all over Chicago stages this year and soaring; however, the protectors of justice in Theater Wit’s production of Qui Nguyen’s Men of Steel are caught in webs of blah. Nguyen’s tale centers on Captain Justice (Robert McLean), a proverbial everyhero, and Maelstrom, a batman-esque playboy. These best friends take different paths in their hero careers, the former a celebrity, the latter existing in shadows. Much hostility ensues. Good, old-fashioned, cliché comic-book hostility, which is fine if the actors committed as much to the dark moments as the absurd and fantastic. Some of the script is on point with its homage to graphic novel vernacular but the only moments that felt particularly fresh were a badass opening fight sequence choreographed by Kevin Murphy and Tony Sancho with stellar sound design by Joseph Fosco and a stop motion Lego cartoon by Jessica Ross ready for Cartoon Network. (William Scott)
At the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, (773)327-5252. This production is now closed.