Pacific Overtures | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Pacific Overtures Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2009

Porchlight Music Theatre's intimate revival captures the stylized formality, dry humor, and underlying emotional urgency of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1976 musical, which recounts how 19th-century Japan's insular, rigidly structured social order was transformed when "foreign devils" from America and England arrived to open up trade. Director L. Walter Stearns's excellent all-Asian-American cast, headed by David Rhee as the narrator, portray how this landmark historical moment reshapes the lives of a fisherman (Kent Haina Jr.), a samurai (Danny Bernardo), and a powerful shogun (Keith Uchima). Lyrical, stripped-down orchestrations by Eugene Dizon enrich the stark, rhythmically propulsive score, one of Sondheim's best. --Albert Williams

Price: $37


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