Andrea Marcovicci | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Andrea Marcovicci 

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This superb cabaret singer possesses high intelligence as well as a warm, vibrant alto, and she puts the combination to wonderful use in "I'll Be Seeing You: The Love Songs of World War II." This evening-long dramatic concert is much more than just a 1940s torch-tune hit parade; Marcovicci's thoughtfully structured selection of songs by such masters as Hoagy Carmichael, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, and Noel Coward adds up to a powerful portrait of a young woman's courtship by, marriage to, separation from, and reunion with a soldier during the course of America's "good war." The narrative is amplified by brief, pungent dramatic readings from such authors as Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as wry commentary by Marcovicci on an era when people "didn't call it becoming codependent, they called it falling in love." Simultaneously reveling in and questioning the dreamy sentimentality of her material, Marcovicci digs into the sexual subtext of such standards as "Skylark" and "Lover Man" with refreshing frankness, using both droll humor and earthy passion to probe the complex emotions of wartime romance. Tuesday through next Saturday, April 11, 8 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage; 929-5959.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Andrew Brucker.

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