The Hundred Dresses | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Hundred Dresses Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2017

Sean Graney stages Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills's adaptation of Eleanor Estes's 1944 children's book, and the show has has a lot going for it: strong acting, lively songs (by Ralph Covert), delightful costumes (designed by Samantha C. Jones), and even an important message (don't bully). The only thing missing is a good story. Instead we are given half a story—a collection of otherwise likeable school-aged kids mock a newbie because she claims she has more than 100 dresses—which is somewhat diverting, but loses momentum almost from the moment the show starts. All concerned try to cover up the flaws with lots and lots of songs, and costume changes, and great acting, but nothing can hide the script's underwhelming climax and disappointing conclusion. —Jack Helbig

Price: $28-$39

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