The Musical of the Living Dead | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Musical of the Living Dead The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 17 2013

Like the zombies who populate it, this musical spoof of the George Romero horror classic is asking for a hatchet. Through two-plus hours of frenetic foolishness and scattershot scatology, cocreators Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts never offer a clear target for their satire. Sometimes it's the creaky contrivances of Romero's film, or the hokeyness of musical theater, or the ill-informed assumptions of workaday racists, or gay men's love of belting divas. Many isolated bits are ingenious; in "Ruinin' My Life," four love-starved women realize their inattentive men may as well be zombies. And the cast of this Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company production is mostly top-shelf. But the unfocused plot, stalled by ineffective musical numbers, prevents the good bits from gaining much momentum. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25