Carrie 2: The Rage | The Arkham | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

You can learn stuff from Underscore Theatre Company's "unauthorized musical parody." Like, did you know that there was a Broadway musical based on Carrie, the 1976 horror movie about a teenage girl with a bad case of telekinetic anger? Yes. It ran for five performances in 1988. And did you further know that somebody made a movie sequel to Carrie called The Rage: Carrie 2, about another teen girl named Rachel who—what were the chances?—lives in the same town and has the same problem? Writer/composer Preston Max Allen takes the sequel as his starting point, going to some trouble to build a conceit that will bring us up to speed on its insipidity. The effort doesn't really work, but no matter: once things get going, his songs and a solid cast make for rude fun. Choreographer Maggie Robinson supplies a surprisingly lovely flashback. And, under codirectors Rachel Elise Johnson and Isaac Loomer, the final number neatly satirizes Spring Awakening. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25

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