Improvised Sondheim Project | Improv/Sketch, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Open run: Sat 9 PM

Stephen Sondheim isn't an easy composer to imitate, much less off-the-cuff. His music isn't your typical high-kicking Broadway fare, and his lyrics aren't the sort you come up with off the top of your head (we’re talking about a man who managed to rhyme "personable" and "coercin' a bull"). Yet imitating Sondheim off-the-cuff is precisely the objective of this improvised one-act musical. On the night I saw the show, the five-member cast and their piano accompanist (Stephanie McCullough Vlcek) did occasionally create a mood of disenchantment and urbanity vaguely reminiscent of the master. But their muted, muddled efforts lacked the sort of devotion, derision, or blend of both that makes for a successful homage, takedown, or affectionate parody. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20

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