The Boy From Oz | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Boy From Oz Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015

Peter Allen's life was a great showbiz drama—a tale of hard knocks, high aspirations, dark secrets, tragic ends, and Liza Minnelli. Born fey and gay in the Australian outback, Allen hoofed his way to New York as Judy Garland's protege, attempted marriage to Liza, and died of AIDS at 48—though not before making a mark for himself as a composer and flamboyant performer of pop tunes. Martin Sherman and Nick Enright's The Boy From Oz isn't, however, a showbiz drama. It's a showbiz musical, which means it requires us to sit through about two dozen of Allen's cloying, mostly forgettable songs. More important, the show's commitment to those songs precludes the possibility of confronting Allen's most affecting trait: his striving mediocrity. Despite Chris Logan's give-it-all performance as Allen, this Pride Films & Plays production isn't strong enough to transcend the negatives. —Tony Adler

Price: $25-$40

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