It's the dawn of a big, new, fantastical world at House Theatre
THEATRE REVIEW: "The Iron Stag King" at House Theatre of Chicago - 3 Stars
By Chris Jones
"The fights, choreographed by Justin Verstraete, are intense indeed. "
Chicago on stage
(Non)Fiction asks who owns our stories as it focuses on the relationship of a woman, her lover, and her book
by Karen Topham
“Bernhard and Verstraete (under Kaity’s direction) portray that playful, youthful kind of newly-created relationship almost as perfectly as one can imagine it being played. Every movement they make, every glint in their eyes, every undertone in their voices has a purpose and speaks of the flirtatious, sometimes impish nature of two young people who have made a strong connection.”
“If you are the kind of theatre-goer who sticks with the big houses, you owe it to yourself to discover the powerful experiences that the small, unheralded companies can create on practically no budget. (Non)Fiction is a reminder of the joy of raw, honest acting, and it is well worth seeing.”
Queen Amarantha - Cape and Sword Entertainment Returns to Stage
By Jacob Davis
"Indeed, one of the best aspects of the show is the fight choreography by Kai Young, which includes a duel between Justin Verstraete, as Thalia’s henchman, and three other actors."
fight quest, Module one: The bandits of hollow hill
By AJ Sorenson
...the show changes with every decision the audience participant makes, but always delivers onstage combat, weaponry, and laughs no matter what adventure the audience is taken on.
THEATRE REVIEW: "Richard II" at Two Pence Theatre Company
By Adam & Alicia
"Two words: 'Ally Carey'...with Violence Choreographer Justin Verstraete’s talented guidance, is one bad-ass assassin."
Gone dark shines light on lesser known theatre genre
THEATRE REVIEW: "Gone Dark" at Otherworld theatre
Loyola Phoenix - by Elijah Cox
"One of the biggest aspects Gone Dark has going for it is the rarity of such a show. We’ve all seen vampire fight scenes in movies or on TV, but when was the last time you saw one live, mere feet from your face? Fight choreographer Justin Verstraete used the space to his advantage, staging the fights directly in front of the audience. Because there isn’t a screen separating you and the fight like there is in film, the stakes seem much higher and the adrenaline is impossible to ignore."
FIGHT QUEST IS AN OTHERWORD-LY EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
THEATRE REVIEW: "Fight Quest" at Otherworld Theatre
DreamsToBecome.com - Aly Grauer
...The Barbarian's (the impressive and astonishing Justin Verstraete) [performance]...wasn't only impressive - it was hilarious, and not single person in the room was immune to the comedic brilliance.
THEATRE REVIEW & CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Queen Amarantha
By Jesse Lex
"The end dance of sword play between so many characters highlights the fight directing of Kai Young and the intimidation of Justin Verstraete's Champion, who stood in the background for most of the play. Now, though, he faced three enemies, nearly besting them all, showing that his swordmanship equaled his intimidation."
River Cities Reader
Wait Until Dark
THEATRE REVIEW: See No Evil "Wait Until Dark" at Timber Lake Playhouse
By Mike Schulz
"Verstraete, as team leader Harry Roat, is a viciously engaging and unpredictable nutjob; his lightly stylized readings are reminiscent of John Malkovich at his most hypnotically perverse"
River Cities Reader
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
THEATRE REVIEW: Holly-lujah! "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Timber Lake Playhouse
By Mike Schulz
"Justin Verstraete offers a first-rate, wholly lived-in detailing of manager Hipockets Duncan"
Is stage violence increasing? Fight choreographer Justin Verstraete weighs in.
By Meredith Lyons