First Wives Club | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 29 2015
Price: $37-$97
In this musical adaptation of the popular 1996 movie (based in turn on a novel by Olivia Goldsmith), three women who’ve been discarded by their loutish husbands band together for sisterhood and payback. The schlocky book, written by TV sitcom vet Linda Bloodworth Thomason, supplies a steady stream of quips and zingers, but the characterization is shallow even by the current standards of Broadway, where the producers aim to take the show next. The first wives are all avenging furies, their replacements are all tramps, and the men—except for one cartoonish gay guy—are all selfish horndogs. Legendary Motown hit makers Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland contribute a mix of old songs, which don't add anything, and new ones, which are interchangeable. —Zac Thompson

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