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Starring Live Onstage: NLU’s Reiter Lights Up Chicago Theater Scene She won a prestigious Jefferson Award as Rose Kennedy in one-woman show

NLU’s Linda Reiter is getting rave reviews for her performance as Rose Kennedy in the stage production of “Rose,” which runs through March 11 at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park.  A critically-praised Chicago actress and audience favorite, Reiter won the prestigious 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for best solo performance.

Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones named Reiter’s performance in the 2016 production of “Rose” as one of his “Top 10 Stage Performances of 2016.”  The current production is a remount of that show.

In a city renowned for having so many theater companies doing so much excellent work, these are high honors. recently wrote of Reiter: “Talented, multi-Jeff Award-winning Chicago actress Linda Reiter earned her latest, well-deserved accolade this past Fall by playing Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Portraying some of history’s strongest and most influential women isn’t new to this actress. She’s astounded audiences as Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Todd Lincoln and even as the Mother of Jesus in “The Testament of Mary.”

Reiter balances her love of theater with her career at National Louis University, where she works in the Student Finance department.

If you go:

  • “Rose” by Laurence Leamer, directed by Steve Scott, starring Linda Reiter.
  • Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
  • Performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and occasional Wednesday and Saturday matinees.
  • Ticket prices range from $18 to $51. Purchase tickets here or call 773-404-7336.

The following is taken from the program for “Rose.”

Linda Reiter (Rose Kennedy) is pleased to be reviving her performance of Rose, for which she received the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Solo Performance. Linda is an ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theatre where she was seen most recently as Mary Todd Lincoln in The Heavens are Hung in Black. Last spring, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Linda’s first solo performance was in The Testament of Mary at Victory Gardens Theater, for which she also received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best Solo Performance. Linda has garnered Joseph Jefferson Awards in the non-equity category for the roles of Eleanor Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Kate in All My Sons, Mme. De Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Dee Dee in Invitation to a March, and Sarah in Bondagers. She received nominations in the equity category for Bessie in Marvin’s Room, Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, Esther in The Price, and Elsa in The Road to Mecca, all SGT productions. Some of her favorites outside SGT include Lottie in Lettice & Lovage at Court Theatre, Hannah in Arcadia at Remy Bumppo Theatre, Gillian in Marriage Play at the Goodman Theatre “Albeefest”, Flyovers and Immoral Imperatives at Victory Gardens Theater, and Lea de Lonval in Cheri at Live Bait Theatre. Linda’s TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. and The Beast. Her voiceover credits include over 30 episodes of The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, hosted by Stacy Keach., and she played opposite Kelsey Grammer in The Manchurian Candidate radio drama produced by Chicago Theatres On-the-Air. Linda is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.