Pride Ever After | The Broadway at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Pride Ever After The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through July 30 2017

In Carly Crawford’s buzzword-saturated queerification of traditional fairy tales, presented through Pride Arts Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences, Rapunzel “doesn’t identify with either end of the gender spectrum.” Hir rigidly heteronormative parents lock their recalcitrant child in a tower, but one indignant fit later they relent and pledge to enlighten themselves gender spectrum-wise. The story’s blunted simplicity pervades the 45-minute show, with moral instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation trumping narrative ingenuity and character shading. If you or your kids’ politics lean progressive, you’ll likely find the lessons unimpeachable if reductive. Director Amber Snyder’s gung-ho cast are fun, but their broad, wide-eyed exuberance seems fit for an audience of preschoolers—a curious choice considering their Goldilocks drinks “bisexual broth” and wraps herself in a “pansexual blanket.” —Justin Hayford

Price: $5 suggested donation


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