Salem! The Musical | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Salem! The Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Nov. 25 2011

This Annoyance Theatre production centers on a Bible-thumping preacher in 17th-century Salem whose independent-minded niece is accused of witchcraft because of her insistence on doing things like thinking, reading, and treating slaves as people. Dan Wessels's score is a competent pastiche of standard musical-theater songwriting. But aside from driving home the fact that colonial Massachusetts oppressed women, the show doesn't have much of a point. Certainly, it misses the opportunity to draw satiric analogies between the Puritan past and today's paranoid politics. --Albert Williams

Price: $20

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