Bewildered | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Bewildered The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 11 2017

Hell In a Handbag's musical parody of the classic sitcom Bewitched begins with an ingenious premise: nosy, incidental next-door neighbor Gladys Kravitz, perpetually dismissed as crazy (being the only mortal who sees the supernatural truth in the Stephens household), announces she’s finally being taken seriously as the star of her own show. What’s more, it’s a high-stakes musical, as she’ll be dead in 12 hours. But in short order, book writer Ron Weaver loses track of his best idea, drifting through numerous campy digressions—some clever, some dutiful—to arrive at an overworked climax. The show is packed with strong performers, and Aaron Benham’s Hamlischesque tunes are sound, but director Brigitte Ditmars’s cluttered staging often prevents even the best songs from turning into effective numbers. —Justin Hayford

Price: $34-$39, $22 seniors

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