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Bingo: The Winning New Musical

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Like a losing bingo card, this musical comedy is all over the place, incorporating numerous song styles, adult humor, romance, many flashbacks, a 15-year-old bingo-related grudge, a dying woman's last wish, some glaringly obvious life lessons ("do your best"), and an odd (but funny) musical reimagining of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. There's some silly fun in Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid's songs, in the cast's ability to actually realize the stereotyped characters, and in the opportunity given the audience to play a few games of bingo over the show's 90 minutes. But this production would be much more rewarding if it connected the dots, producing a plotline, instead of just scattering random plot points. --Jenn Goddu a Open run: Wed 2 and 8 PM, Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, $46.50.

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