Forever Plaid | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader
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You have to really dig Perry Como-era crooning to enjoy this revue by a fictitious guy group whose members return from the great beyond for a one-night comeback. Playing the Plaids, Shawn A. Bechtol, Jonathan A. Landvick, John B. Leen, and David Tibble sport beautiful individual voices, but imbalances between them and problems with pitch muddy their harmonies. And their patter is mostly silly ("The memories are collecting in my mind like lint collecting in a dryer filter") except for a hilarious three-minute recap of an entire Ed Sullivan Show episode. The crowd was forgiving, clapping along to Leen's sonorous bass on "Sixteen Tons." But until these guys really listen to one another, lighten up down low, support up high, and blend into one melodious uber-Plaid, they won't be able to do justice to the show's bygone tunes. Through 6/26: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 7 PM, Sun 3 PM. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121. $27-$37.

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