Plaid Tidings | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Plaid Tidings



Writer-director Stuart Ross, creator of the phenomenally successful 1990 musical Forever Plaid, claims that he wrote this holiday-show sequel as a response to 9/11. Riiiight. Well, I suppose a sequel was inevitable. What's remarkable is that Ross hasn't lowered his standards. This show, like the earlier one, is pitched at a middle-class, middlebrow, late-late-middle-aged audience--the same people, judging by the material, who kept Ed Sullivan and Perry Como on the air for so many years. The jokes the Four Plaids tell are a little corny, but the singing is superb, with close harmonies so close they're unearthly. There's nothing surprising in these holiday standards, but they should raise a smile on even the sourest grinch's face. Through 12/31: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1:30 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2:30 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM, Wed 12/14, 1:30 and 7:30 PM, no show Tue 12/13, Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, 312-642-2000, $35-$48.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →