The Baker's Wife | Circle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Baker's Wife The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 22 2012

I've never tried a macaron, the colorful, hamburger-shaped meringue treat that was briefly a fad dessert, but I imagine they taste like this gushingly sweet 1989 musical by Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein. During the 1930s, a new baker arrives in a sleepy French village along with his beautiful—and much younger—wife, Genevieve. When she runs away with another man, the townspeople cluck unsympathetically and only pitch in to search for her when the baker stops making bread. Gary Powell's chipper musical direction and Bob Knuth's bright, playful set design supply plenty of atmosphere, but anyone demanding more than the airiest confection will be disappointed. Khaki Pixley's Genevieve moves from husband to suitor without discernible interest in either, and resolutions arrive with the simplicity of a flipped switch. —Keith Griffith

Price: $24-$28


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