Dreamgirls | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Dreamgirls Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 22 2016

Wow. And once again, to confirm: wow. The Porchlight Music Theatre production of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's 1981 hit generates more pleasing, powerful sound per cubic inch than any musical I've seen for a long time. And as familiar as I am with the tale of the Dreams—a 60s-era black girl group experiencing many of the highs and lows associated with the Supremes—director Brenda Didier and her cast kept me rapt for the show's full 160-minute running time. I loved the growl in Donica Lynn's voice as Dream member Effie White, expressing her fierce nature; the sex in Eric Lewis's moves as singer Jimmy Early, locating him at the beginnings of R&B; the steel in Evan Tyrone Martin's manner as Svengali-esque manager Curtis Taylor, conveying both his vision and his blindness. The only thing this Dreamgirls lacks, ironically, is a larger contingent of white actors to play reporters, studio technicians, and such. Without them, we don't get a strong enough sense of what the Dreams are up against as they struggle to crack a pink-complected music industry. —Tony Adler

Price: $35-$48


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