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Respect: A Musical Journey of Women

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This revue is more often about men than about women--most of the 61 song excerpts revolve around men that done women wrong or the tricks women use to get a man. Writer (and original solo performer) Dorothy Marcic provides a good dose of humor and some nods to female empowerment: Gloria Gaynor's disco hit "I Will Survive" is sung twice, along with the chorus of Aretha Franklin's "Respect." But Marcic should have stuck to personal memoir instead of expanding the piece to include a century of women's history from corsets to Britney, especially since she essentially passes over suffrage and most other feminist movements. Karan Pappas plays the Marcic role, a wisecracking narrator, but the other performers carry--and often steal--the show: emotive Sharyon Culberson; petite, strong-voiced Jeanette Fitzpatrick; and Emily Price, who channels women from Betty Boop to Lucille Ball. Open run: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Wed 5/4 and 5/11, 2 and 7:30 PM. Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green, 312-327-2000. $39-$45.

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