How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 1 2014

This 1961 Broadway hit by songwriter Frank Loesser and playwrights Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert, and Jack Weinstock remains one of the funniest musicals ever written, even if it does show its age in some topical references and its general portrayal of the corporate workplace as a boys' club where women are relegated to the status of secretaries and sex objects. In this shrewd satire of office politics, amoral protagonist J. Pierrepont Finch brownnoses and backstabs his way up from the mail room to the boardroom, dodging romantic entanglement with Rosemary, a coworker who has her sights set on him. Rob Lindley's staging for Porchlight Music Theatre features Tyler Ravelson and Elizabeth Telford as Finch and Rosemary, but supporting players Fred Zimmerman (as boss J.B. Biggley), John Keating (as Biggley's nepotistic nephew Bud Frump), and Iris Lieberman (as Biggley's tap-dancing secretary) get the most laughs. Veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis provides the droll voice-over narration that frames the action. —Albert Williams

Price: $43.50


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