Man of La Mancha | No Exit Cafe | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Director David Heimann has made a number of daring choices in staging Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's 1965 Tony Award-winning musical based on Don Quixote--not the least of which is his seemingly quixotic decision to cram it into Theo Ubique's cabaret-style theater. But the result is a show at once more powerful and intimate than any Broadway-style production could be. Heimann has also broken with convention by casting a woman, Danielle Brothers, as Quixote. Though Brothers doesn't have the pipes of a Broadway actor, she's got considerable range and depth and is quite moving as the charming madman at the center of the tale. She isn't alone, either. Heimann has wisely chosen acting chops over strong singing overall, so that the production soars even when the songs don't. --Jack Helbig



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