The Nativity | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

The Nativity Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2011

Abandon all skepticism, ye who enter here—this isn't a drama, it's a pageant. McKinley Johnson's hymn-saturated account of Jesus's birth starts with the family pedigree (Abraham to King David), covers all the Gospel plot points (Annunciation to Magi), features an archangel as narrator (Gabriel, majestically played by Alexis Rogers), and doesn't waste a breath on doubt. Still, heathens like me can have a great time with this Congo Square production. The singing is unstintingly marvelous. The dancing is a joy to watch, especially when Kathleen Purcell Turner's silent, ecstatic Mary is onstage. And though the narrative momentum stalls out at times under the weight of all that praise giving, director Ilesa Duncan and her all-black, all-pro cast generally keep things moving in every sense. —Tony Adler

Price: $45


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