Blood Brothers | No Exit Cafe | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Blood Brothers The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 15 2015

Willy Russell’s only musical tells an unlikely story: twins separated at birth, one raised by a posh mum, the other by lower-class one, still somehow become best friends and then rivals for the affection of the same woman. The book is weakened by thin characters and a dependence on cheap theatrical tricks—a poetry-spouting narrator, unexpected plot twists—to give the shallow show the illusion of depth. Still, director Fred Anzevino’s fine cast of committed, energetic non-Equity triple threats lend a sense of urgency to even Russell’s most cliche-ridden scenes, and Kyrie Anderson gives a virtuoso performance as a long-suffering working-class matriarch. Though some of the credit for the intensity of this production must go to Theo Oblique’s wonderfully intimate performing space, carved out of the No Exit Cafe. —Jack Helbig

Price: $34-$59, $29-$54 students and seniors

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