Hair | Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hair The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 1 2017

I'll admit I lost heart when I saw the lobby display featuring two beanbag chairs, a lava lamp, and a peace poster. Having already ventured beyond my suburban comfort zone to see the "American tribal love-rock musical" in Arlington Heights, I took this cheesy evocation of the 60s as a bad sign. An audience member posed in front of it, a flower in her hair. But if she thought she was in for a night of hippie kitsch, she was mistaken. Instead, a fierce, fiercely talented cast showed us Hair's blasphemy and rage along with its famous love. Director Lauren Rawitz undercuts the immediacy somewhat with her subtlety-starved take on the Vietnam war draft. She more than compensates, however, by opening up new sexual territory—particularly through the introduction of a trans character, given show-stealing life by Noah Spiegel-Blum. —Tony Adler

Price: $38

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