The People's Barnum | Blue Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The People's Barnum Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 18 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, pay no attention to the confusing plot gaps. This musical biography of legendary showman P.T. Barnum is all about spectacle, and if Quest Theatre Ensemble's circus antics are more homespun than those used in the 1980 Broadway production, that doesn't make them any less delightful. Quest’s plate spinning, tumbling, and puppetry may not astound, but director Andrew Park has conjured a joyful tone that's hard to resist. Jason Bowen plays Barnum with zip and enthusiasm, and Rachel Sparrow has all the vocal talent she needs to portray Swedish opera star Jenny Lind. And if Mark Bramble's book falls apart in the second act, that's nothing that a bear on roller skates can't solve. –Keith Griffith


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