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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017

There's a lot going right in Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia's strange new multiheaded beast of a pop-rock opera. A commercially successful Adam Levine type returns to his Chicago college alma mater to host a songwriting competition for a group of students, each with their own neuroses and narratives. Composer and lyricist Laurence Mark Wythe adds original songs to an eclectic roster of classic and modern pop hits, and there's a unique joy in hearing works by bands often relegated to dressing-room Muzak (Simple Minds, Happy Mondays) reinterpreted as musical theater. Chicago Theatre Workshop's slick, handsome production, directed by Tom Mullen, makes a case for its own idiosyncrasies, but even a cast this strong has trouble justifying the production's late zig in a direction it absolutely need not go. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25-$35

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