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click to enlarge Hannah Corneau in Evita

Hannah Corneau in Evita

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016
Price: $50-$55
Although nicely done under Alex Sanchez's direction, this Marriott Theatre production is helpless in the face of one enormous obstacle: the material itself. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1978 pseudo-opera uses squishy politics and pop psychologizing to tell the story of Eva Perón's rise from small-town temptress to Argentine saint. It's bad enough that they contrive a silly opposition between Perón and her countryman Che Guevara—using Guevara as a sort of Marxist terrier—to point out easy ironies. Much worse is the way they boil her life down to the familiar theme of a poor girl's search for true love. Even a cursory look at the real Evita reveals her complexity, drive, courage, and canniness in addressing issues of class and gender on a national scale. Rice and Webber's rather sexist Dame-aux-Camelias take sells her far too short. —Tony Adler

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