Bette, Live at the Continental Baths | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge TJ Crawford, Caitlin Jackson, and Will Wilhelm

TJ Crawford, Caitlin Jackson, and Will Wilhelm

Rick Aguilar

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 10 2016
Price: $26
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This loving tribute to Bette Midler and her days as a young performer in the early 70s stars Hell in a Handbag "diva" Caitlin Jackson. Midler credits her shows at New York City gay bathhouse the Continental Baths with helping her develop her iconic Divine Miss M persona, and it's this that the captivating Jackson, full of sass and power, channels here. David Cerda’s graceful, mildly campy adaptation, based in part on Midler’s 1971 farewell performance, gives Jackson lots of room to play Bathhouse Bette to the hilt. Jeremy Ramey plays accompanist Barry Manilow to Jackson’s Midler. —Jack Helbig

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