Storefront Theater Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 16 2009

Apply the social dynamics of Disney's High School Musical to Chicago's storefront theater scene and you've got this parody musical, written by Robert Bouwman, Linda Rudy, and BJ Stradley and composed by Scott Lamberty and Jonathan DeSouza. When three theater troupes find themselves sharing the same performance space due to budget constraints, improv hotshot Trent Nutten and tragedian Jillianana Ethnica discover they have an affinity for musicals and each other, much to their friends' dismay. The writers' tendency to overstuff can scatter focus, and leads, in Bouwman's staging for Corn Productions, to a stage crowded with redundant supporting characters. On the other hand, the show's goofball energy is infectious, the songs are spot-on, and a group of dusty skeletons plays the Jeff Committee. I'd say that redeems it. --Zac Thompson

Price: $7-$15

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