The Marvin Gaye Story | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Marvin Gaye Story Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 19 2012

Jackie Taylor is a whirlwind. Fresh from opening a new, $19 million home for her Black Ensemble Theater, she's written, produced, and directed this biographic musical chronicling the rise of Motown legend Marvin Gaye and his murder at the hands of his own father. Taylor's energy appears to be infectious: it comes through in Robert Reddrick's brassy, jubilant musical direction and Rashawn Thompson's soulful covers as Gaye. When the script turns to more nuanced family matters, though, Taylor's dialogue goes clunky. And scenes involving Gaye's abusive dad run from puzzlingly simplistic to cringe-worthy. —Dan Jakes

Price: $55-$65


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