Adrift in Macao | The Call | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., May 4, Fri., May 6 and Sundays. Continues through May 29 2011
Price: $25
If you're going to stage a musical in a bar, you could do worse than to pick Christopher Durang's bite-sized 2007 farce. Set in a 1950s Macao nightclub and draped in gaudy, confused film noir parody (inexplicable Hitchcock references abound), the plot stumbles around like a cheerful drunk on a bender. Durang's lyrics are equally frivolous--simple, sugary rhymes that go down as easy as an appletini . . . at least the first ten times. But director Toma Langston makes passable use of the venue's tight, awkward space, and it's easy to imagine getting tipsy enough to have as much fun as the cast clearly are. As opium-addicted bargirl Corinna, Lena Dansdill projects a brassy, goofy charm that sets her apart in a well-rounded cast. --Keith Griffith



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