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One of Tim Rice's dumbest lines in this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is Che Guevara's assertion that Eva Peron "did nothing for years"--the next 150 minutes contradict it completely. Once again confusingly celebrated and condemned, the Queen of Mean returns, this time played by local heroine Kathy Voytko (who resembles Patti LuPone, the original Argentinean dominatrix). Staged by Larry Fuller under the supervision of the original director, Harold Prince, this political pageant uses busy newsreel projections to echo the onstage chaos. Fuller's space-eating choreography almost threatens to overwhelm the stage, but at least it propagates the show's real theme: the lust for fame. Suffering in splendor, Voytko scintillates with Evita's corruption, and if Rice's lyrics give her no inner life, that's not her fault. With his superb diction, Bradley Dean is brilliantly mocking as Che, the tour guide from hell. Through 11/21: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM. Then 11/23-11/28: Tue-Wed 7:30 PM, no show Thu, Fri-Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1400. $18-$72.50. Closing.

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