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Scarrie--the Musical

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David Cerda describes his Scarrie--the Musical as a "parodage"--a parody that also pays homage. What he respectfully ridicules in this Hell in a Handbag production (reworked from a successful late-night show) is Brian De Palma's 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie, about a bullied high school girl with telekinetic powers. For the homage part, Cerda reconstructs the film scene by scene, sticking to almost overly faithful re-creations of the production design and dialogue. For the parody, he trades in the film's operatic excesses for a drag show trashiness. The result, full of exuberant ribaldry, is often entertaining but never quite as funny as it could be--possibly because of Cerda's tendency to substitute arch campiness for jokes. And if the films of John Waters have taught us anything, it's that funny cannot live by camp alone. Through 8/7: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. $25.

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