End of the Rainbow | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

End of the Rainbow The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 9 2016

Up to a point it may be possible to think of Judy Garland's life as the stuff of drama. But by the end of 1968, just six months ahead of her fatal OD, the only thing left was a downward slide as sure as physics. All the more credit to playwright Peter Quilter and this Porchlight Music Theatre production, then, for making the inevitable so startling. Garland is a puree of need suspended in wobbly aspic: married to her final husband and strung out on you-name-it as she tries to cover her debts with a six-week stand at a London nightclub. Angela Ingersoll shows us the icon's indomitability amid utter collapse, even as she displays her own diva-level chops. You're simultaneously relieved and enraptured every time she makes it through a song. Jon Steinhagen is more modestly powerful as Garland's accompanist. —Tony Adler

Price: $45-$51


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