Ragtime | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ragtime The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: First Wednesday-Sunday of every month. Continues through March 18 2018

The big question surrounding any revival of the musical Ragtime is whether there's enough firepower in the production to overcome the many flaws in the material: Terrence McNally’s often graceless book and the awkward placement of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s nice but forgettable songs, not to mention the cloying white paternalism. Director Nick Bowling and company have filled this show with first-rate talent. The ensemble is terrific, the set inventive, the costumes gorgeous, the orchestra superb, and the results are . . . not bad. The story still takes forever to get going, and the Hollywood ending (the show literally ends in Hollywood) still feels tacked on in order to make us forget the tragic ending of Coalhouse Walker Jr.’s tale. —Jack Helbig

Price: $50-$60

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