Music Hall | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2015
Price: $20-$40
If you should happen to ski, sled, or snowshoe out to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre before March 22, you'll see Gene Weygandt and company enact the tale of Albin, veteran drag diva, who packs them in night after night at a Saint Tropez club called La Cage aux Folles. Albin has a crisis when her more or less adoptive son, Jean-Michel, becomes engaged to a conservative politician's daughter: Fearing that she'll, well, queer the deal, J-M tries to push Albin not just back into the closet but entirely out of her home. High jinks ensue, and also some soul searching—to a smart, tender score by Jerry Herman. Albin comes through it all with wigged head held high, thanks in large part to the enduring relationship she shares with her significant other (and J-M's father), Georges. Especially as embodied by Weygandt, the crucial lesson of Albin's trauma is that real love—that is, love lived day in, day out through years, in what's often called a "marriage"—makes the lovers real as well. Think The Velveteen Rabbit with rouge. Continue reading >>

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