Juno | TimeLine Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2014
Price: $35-$48
Six years ago, TimeLine Theatre had a hit with Fiorello!, the neglected 1959 musical about New York City's Depression-era mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Now director Nick Bowling and music director Doug Peck, who shepherded that show to success, have unearthed another rarity from 1959: Juno, by playwright Joseph Stein and composer-lyricist Marc Blitzstein, a faithful, straightforward musical adaptation of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey's 1924 tragicomedy Juno and the Paycock. Juno—which played a scant two weeks in its original Broadway run—is more dutiful than inspired. Stein's script hews close to O'Casey's story yet lacks the original play's gritty lyricism. Still, I think TimeLine's patrons will find much to admire in Juno. It's lovingly staged, very well acted, and beautifully sung. Hearing good, strong voices au naturel, unfiltered by amplification, is a treat that the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy as much as I did. Continue reading >>



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