A Chorus Line | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Chorus Line Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2009

Director-choreographer Michael Bennett's landmark 1975 musical feels dated in this slick, mechanical touring edition of the 2006 Broadway revival. The based-on-interviews book (James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante) and score (Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban) examine the difficult lives and quirky personalities of journeyman dancers. But the characters come off here as shallow stereotypes: the faded star, the shame-burdened queer, the high-energy black kid, the sexpot hiding her insecurities behind a bitchy attitude, etc. Under Bob Avian's direction--and despite Baayork Lee's faithful re-staging of the original choreography--this production lacks the explosive spontaneity needed to convey the dancers' desperate need for work and self-affirmation. --Albert Williams

Price: $18-$85


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