Merrily We Roll Along | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Merrily We Roll Along Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2018

With Billy Elliot last October, Porchlight Music Theatre successfully scaled itself up for its new home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, a proscenium space more demanding and imposing than its cozy Stage 773 residence of yore. This gratifying, stirring, heart-wrenching production of Stephen Sondheim's masterful 1981 musical, directed by Michael Weber, continues that upward and outward trajectory of the theater's scope and capability. Through the showbiz careers of three friends (Neala Barron, Matt Crowle, and Jim DeSelm), Sondheim ruminates on how the forces of financial success, critical recognition, and creative camaraderie work with and against one another over the span of an artistic lifetime. A growing pain yet to be addressed: on-the-nose but low-resolution, aughts-looking projection design, which feels like wrapping an exquisite piece of jewelry in a crinkled Burger King bag. —Dan Jakes

Price: $55-$60

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