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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2009

Directed by Walter Bobbie, this touring edition of the revived Bob Fosse-John Kander-Fred Ebb musical is fast paced and entertaining, but lacks the dark edge Fosse intended. Based on a 1926 play by former Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago tells of a female murderer who hopes to parlay her notoriety into vaudeville stardom--a story that epitomizes Fosse's view of sex, showbiz, politics, and the law as cesspools of corruption. But this production bubbles along with a zesty, we're-only-kidding playfulness that undermines the work's moral bite. That said, it boasts slinky, sinewy, Fosse-style choreography by Ann Reinking, an infectious hot-jazz score, and crisply timed performances by Charlotte d'Amboise as sexy homicidal screwball Roxie Hart, avuncular John O'Hurley as the shyster who defends her, Kevin Chamberlin as Roxie's sap of a husband, Roz Ryan as a butch prison matron, and fluttery soprano D. Micciche as a newspaper reporter with a secret. --Albert Williams

Price: $30-$95


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