Review: COMPANY at Venus Cabaret Theater at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review: COMPANY at Venus Cabaret Theater at Mercury Theater Chicago

The theater community is demanding a new standard of purposeful storytelling, a stronger call to answer the question “Why now?” — particularly when mounting a revival. Musical theater, with its fandom and nostalgia, is precious to audiences in a way that other forms are not, and so has often been exempt from engaging in deeper conversation with the real world.

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Review: THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review: THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER at Mercury Theater Chicago

Peter Stossel is set on sailing through dangerous winter conditions to deliver Christmas trees – tenenbaums – to the German immigrants of Chicago so that they can enjoy their holiday season with the traditions of old.

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Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater Chicago

Brenda Didier’s production hits the bullseye, with musical arrangement by Eugene Dizon that takes advantage of the superhuman voices of the ensemble to create a blend of intimate vibrating harmonies and face-melting belts.

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