In De Beginnin' | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

In De Beginnin' The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 24 2016

First produced at the Body Politic in 1978, Oscar Brown Jr.’s witty and wise musical adaptation of Genesis 1-3 has a lively score and memorable lyrics that put African-American dialect to playful use. Sadly, much of the show’s glory is muted in this staging from ETA Creative Arts, marred by awkward pacing, unnecessary miking, and sound-flattening synthesizer that robs the score of the jazzy richness an acoustic piano would provide. Still, the production, directed by Kemati J. Porter, has its fine points: Fania Bourn, a fetching Eve with a glorious voice, easily steals the show, and Barton Fitzpatrick gracefully embodies the Old Testament creator, one minute merciful, the next full of thunder and fury. —Jack Helbig

Price: $40, $25 seniors, $15 students

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