Arizona Lady | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Arizona Lady The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 1 2010

This rarely produced 1954 work by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kalman is described in a program note as the "marriage of Viennese operetta and the singing-cowboy western." It's safe to say that's not a union anybody was clamoring for, but the result is pleasant enough. The story revolves around two romances: one between an independent lady rancher and a singing cowboy who's suspected of being a notorious horse thief, and the other between a spunky female huckster and a wealthy city slicker. For Arizonans, all four exhibit a surprising familiarity with Austro-Hungarian song and dance styles. Three hours worth of frothy music and silly plot mechanics can get a little enervating, but it's a treat to listen to the uniformly fine voices in Chicago Folks Operetta's vibrant production. --Zac Thompson

Price: $25-$30

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