She Loves Me | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

She Loves Me The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017

Marriott Theatre’s revival of this 1963 musical about romance in a perfume shop in Budapest in the late 1930s strains mightily to make this sweet little show worth two and half hours of our time. But despite the best efforts of director-choreographer Aaron Thielen, it fails. Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s score is filled with forgettable tunes, none of which approach the power of the ones they wrote for their next show, Fiddler on the Roof (1964). And Joe Masteroff’s book, adapted from Milós László’s 1937 play Parfumerie, feels padded, taking way too long to tell a relatively simple story. Alex Goodrich and Elizabeth Telford are likable enough as the romantic leads, but in the end we don’t really care who loves whom, or why. —Jack Helbig

Price: $50-$60

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