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Disenchanted! The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016

This satirical musical revue (book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino) sets its sights on a worthy target—the lucrative, ludicrous Disney princess franchise—but never delivers on its promise to skewer it. Instead Giacino trots out a series of toothless musical bits poking fun at these iconic figures—in one song we learn the Little Mermaid drinks too much, in another that Mulan is a lesbian—without ever drawing blood or inspiring big laughs. It doesn't help that the performances in this touring production often feel forced. All too much of the comedy depends on funny costumes (designed by Vanessa Leuck), and at its worst the show indulges in the very sexism it pretends to be mocking (see the song "Big Tits"). In the end, it leaves us wanting less. —Jack Helbig

Price: $32.75-$75.75

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