50 Shades! The Musical | North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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E.L. James's titillating "50 Shades" trilogy has had women riding their washing machines and squirming with their Kindles for the past eight months. This musical parody from Baby Wants Candy supplies a perfectly raunchy roast of the books that launched the mommy porn genre. For those who haven't indulged, James's tales follow virginal college grad Anastasia Steele as her inner goddess is unchained through BDSM encounters with an enigmatic bachelor named Christian Grey. 50 Shades! gives us prudish book club members turning to James for what they suppose will be some intellectual stimulation. Amber Petty brings a flawless mixture of doe-eyed naivete and burgeoning sexual inclinations to Ana. The show may resonate best with fans of James's poorly written, X-rated opus. But anyone looking for a night of good, clean depravity will also enjoy the wild ride. —Marissa Oberlander



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