Far From Heaven | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Mary-Margaret Roberts, ​Bri Sudia, Amanda Horvath, and Summer Naomi Smart

Mary-Margaret Roberts, ​Bri Sudia, Amanda Horvath, and Summer Naomi Smart

Brandon Dahlquist

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $32-$45
Todd Haynes's 2002 movie Far From Heaven was a cunning exercise in style, cannibalizing Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows to tell a story that Sirk couldn't have told back in Eisenhower-era Hollywood, about a suburban housewife who falls for her black gardener even as she learns that her husband is gay. In adapting Haynes's tale for the stage, Richard Greenberg, Michael Korie, and Scott Frankel take us a step away from Sirk—which means taking us a step away from what Haynes achieved. All that was subversive about the movie is merely imitative here, and the show flattens out into a conventionally liberal, less than believable tearjerker with a retro score. Summer Naomi Smart is quite literally too perfect as the housewife in this Porchlight Music Theatre staging. Worse, Evan Tyrone Martin's gardener is utterly nonsensical: a grown man who seems clueless about race. —Tony Adler



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