Urinetown | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Urinetown Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017

BoHo Theatre delivers this Broadway smash, a musical about what would happen if peeing were privatized, with all its scatological splendor. The powers that be in Urinetown have taken control of all urinals in the public weal, charging admission for emission in order to squeeze the city’s sooty poor of all they're worth. Despite its incessant, hip self-mockery, this is a big old-fashioned musical, and it's got showstoppers to prove it (Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s score won a Tony). Choreographer Aubrey Adams's group dance numbers steal the show, except that a ton of mugging from the ensemble earns cheap laughs at the expense of some crucial moments in the narrative. Ariana Burks as poor Little Sally, tugging on the policeman's sleeve with a mutilated teddy bear under one arm, has wonderful timing and a fine voice. —Max Maller

Price: $33-$35


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