Prine: A Tribute Concert | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Prine: A Tribute Concert Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 6 2011

Soulful and gimmick-free, this spirited show breathes new life into 32 songs by folk legend John Prine. Set against a simple red curtain, with some beer bottles and tables onstage for atmosphere, this is a no-narration concert. Director Bryan Fonseca allows Prine's songs to speak for themselves by backing them with only minimal staging and subtle ensemble characterization. His efforts highlight the music's inherent theatricality and heighten the full-bodied arrangements by music director Tim Brickley. The cast is vocally and generationally diverse, shedding new light on classics like the cheeky reefer anthem "Illegal Smile" and the heartbreaking Vietnam vet ballad "Sam Stone." Whether you know the words or not, an hour in, you may feel like singing along..--Dan Jakes

Price: $20-$25

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