Kinky Boots | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The owner of a shoe factory in provincial Northampton dies suddenly, leaving the besieged family business to his good-hearted but uninterested son (Joel Edgerton). He's forced to lay off longtime employees and consider liquidation until a chance encounter with a Soho drag queen (Chiwetel Ejiofor of Dirty Pretty Things) gives him an idea: convert his product line from staid business shoes to supersturdy high-fashion boots for cross-dressing men. Neatly scripted by Tim Firth and Geoff Deane, this sticks to the Full Monty formula of starchy working-class types learning to loosen up about sex, but Julian Jarrold's sincere, low-key direction erases any sense of artifice. With Linda Bassett and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead). PG-13, 106 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Landmark's Century Centre, River East 21.

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