Fugitive Songs | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Justin Adair, Elissa Newcorn, Julian Terrell Otis, Demi Zaino, and Greg Foster

Justin Adair, Elissa Newcorn, Julian Terrell Otis, Demi Zaino, and Greg Foster

Amy Boyle

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $25
BoHo Theatre delivers an exquisite rendition of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen's 2008 concept revue—a cycle of songs about restless young people running (or wishing they could run) from bad relationships, dead-end jobs, dysfunctional families, and the like. Despite the downbeat-sounding premise, the show is constantly exhilarating and sometimes surprisingly funny, thanks to Tysen's intelligent, candid lyrics and, especially, Miller's beautifully textured, complex yet melodic music, which reflects influences ranging from singer-songwriters Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell to musical-theater composers Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown. The material's main shortcoming is its lack of specificity—this is a show about a theme, not a story. But director-choreographer Zachary L. Gray and his superb six-person cast—Justin Adair (who also plays guitar), Greg Foster, Charlotte Morris (who also plays violin), Elissa Newcomer, Julian Terrell Otis, and Demi Zaino—solve the problem with imaginative staging and nuanced, believable, emotionally intimate characterizations as well as beautiful singing. Keyboardist Jeffrey Poindexter's musical direction of the intricate, driving acoustic-rock/jazz score is crisp and sensitive. —Albert Williams



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