Lysistrata Jones | Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

Refuge Theatre Project’s fun follow-up to its acclaimed production of High Fidelity: The Musical takes the well-told story of Lysistrata back to school in a musical comedy with book by Douglas Carter Beane and score by Lewis Flinn. Set at Athens University, the story follows the school's perennially losing basketball team and cheerleader Lysistrata Jones’s (Mary-Margaret Roberts) master plan to have the athletes' girlfriends stop “giving it up” until they get a win. Under Justin Brill’s direction, the sexual premise surprisingly pivots into a story about finding love in unexpected places and being yourself, with lush, catchy harmonies and high-energy dance numbers choreographed by Shanna VanDerwerker. The book has glimpses of sharp humor, but could use work on some of its easy stereotypes and metaexplanations of its ancient source material. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $25

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