Marry Me a Little | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas

Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas

Brandon Dahlquist

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 21 2017
Price: $45-$51, $40-$46 seniors
porchlightmusictheatre.org
Porchlight Music Theatre's captivating two-person concept revue weaves a collection of little-known Stephen Sondheim songs—many of them cut from the musicals they were originally written for—into a poignant vignette about a sweet romance that goes sadly sour. Stellar singer-actors Bethany Thomas and Austin Cook (a superb keyboardist who also serves as the production's musical director) play high-rise neighbors who meet when she complains about his loud piano playing. Cleverly staged by Jess McLeod, the show features "trunk songs" trimmed from Company, A Little Night Music, and Into the Woods, as well as tunes from early Sondheim efforts including Saturday Night. Thomas, whose extraordinary voice ranges from silvery soprano heights to volcanic contralto depths, never lets her vocal prowess overshadow the all-important text, whether she's bawdily belting "Can That Boy Foxtrot" (a Follies outtake) or spinning out a delicate, spine-tingling rendition of "I Remember Spring," from the 1966 TV special Evening Primrose. —Albert Williams

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