All the World's a Stage | Blue Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Kent Joseph

Kent Joseph

Braxton Black

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 12 2016
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Andrew Park's original musical for Quest Theatre Ensemble takes inspiration from Shakespeare's soliloquy breaking down the seven stages of life, and borrows from its cast's real-life stories as examples. Scott Lamps's music is too schlocky to resonate beyond pleasantness; I still left a blubbering mess—earnestly relayed life experiences about addiction, marriage, and loss cut through any of the softness. There's a genuine feeling of compassion throughout, and any of these monologues would hold up to the best episodes of This American Life.
—Dan Jakes

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