Dirty Dancing | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Dirty Dancing New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015

I don't generally like touring productions with digital sets. They tend to look and smell cheap. But Jon Driscoll's video projections for this Equity tour are a pleasant exception. His pixel-based Catskill resort images aren't just crisp but witty. In James Powell's staging, they poke gentle fun at the hit 1987 film on which the jukebox musical is based without spoiling its romance. Fans can still moon over the tale of Baby, the rich girl who falls for a bad-boy dancer, while the rest of us get help answering the question, Why not simply rent the movie? The cast are similarly effective. Christopher Tierney has exactly the right swagger as bad boy Johnny, and Gillian Abbott is all budding sexuality as Baby. Though some of the supporting roles can feel vague or cartoonish (no surprise given the source material), Jennlee Shallow's singing and Jerome Harmann-Hardeman's all-purpose hipness strike sparks. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$87


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