Smokey & the Bandit: The Musical | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Smokey & the Bandit: The Musical The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through April 29 2017

A rowdy little clunker from WeAreProductions, complete with live band, this is an homage to the beloved 1977 chase movie, in which a truckload of smuggled Coors beer, with escort from Burt Reynolds in a black Trans-Am, makes its high-flying way from Texarkana to Atlanta, journeying, as Roger Ebert sublimely put it, “into one of those benighted states where Coors is not sold.” Timmy Hart Barron plays the good ol’ boy Bandit here, Ali Delianides stands in for Sally Field, and Mark Hespen lends his fine, thundering voice to the role of Sheriff Justice. Together, they pilot cardboard cars, bark into disconnected CB radios, and guzzle down truck-stop fare from slight hostesses in huge beehive wigs. Striving for So Bad It’s Good points, Smokey succeeds in being almost as fun as it is ridiculous. —Max Maller

Price: $20

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