24Words | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays. Continues through March 21 2017

Although the Equal Rights Amendment—referenced by the title of this 90-minute musical revue—began life in 1923, when it was first introduced in Congress, book and lyric writer Charles Kouri charts the struggle for American gender equality going back to 1776, when Abigail Adams tried unsuccessfully to rein in her husband’s period-perfect gynophobia by urging him to "remember the ladies." The show’s gap-heavy time line alternates between specificity (the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention) and nebulousness (“the 60s”), the episodes staged with abundant conflicting metaphors and ever-shifting rules of engagement, all choreographed to the point of indifference. It’s a well-meaning jumble that rarely finds adequate focus. Still, composers Gary Bragg and Dean Schlabowske know their way around a pop ballad, and director Margaret Baughman’s young ten-person cast can harmonize with the best of them. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25

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