Moscow, Cheryomushki | Harris Theater | Classical | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m., Sun., April 22, 3 p.m. and Wed., April 25, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $45-$125
Moscow, Cheryomushki, Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical operetta about Soviet bureaucracy, seen through the lens of the country's 1950s housing crisis, won a 2009 Chicago Opera Theater pay-to-vote fund-raiser that let the audience choose what the company would produce. It was supposed to show up in 2011 as a Chicago premiere (in a newly commissioned English adaptation), but because finances were tight that year it got bumped into this season—the last for COT general director Brian Dickie, retiring after 13 years of adventurous programming. (He'll be succeeded on September 1 by Andreas Mitisek, who will also retain his job as director of the Long Beach Opera.) Lighter than you might be used to from Shostakovich, this urban dream-home takedown—which opens tonight and also plays April 20, 22, and 25—promises young Bolsheviks in love, comically corrupt officials, and plenty of frisky musical parody. Alexander Platt conducts a chamber orchestra. —Deanna Isaacs

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