Rock of Ages | PrivateBank Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Rock of Ages New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 3 2010

Put Superbad's Michael Cera in a Weird Al Yankovic wig and you'd have Constantine Maroulis's Drew, the ingratiating wannabe cock-rocker who works at a Sunset Strip bar and falls hard for the corn-fed new cocktail waitress. In this jukebox homage to 1980s hair-metal (the playlist includes hits from Poison, Whitesnake, and Twisted Sister), Maroulis provides a sweet counterpoint to the bombast, delivering power ballads and throwaway one-liners with heart as well as note-perfect precision. Playwright Chris D'Arienzo wisely takes a page from Urinetown, incorporating a narrator who comments on the ridiculousness of the story as it unfolds. It's cheesy as hell, but like the bands it sends up, Rock of Ages wants "nothin' but a good time" and largely delivers. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$85


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