Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Caroline Kidwell and Chris Causer

Caroline Kidwell and Chris Causer

Courtesy Pearl Poet Productions

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 17 2017
Price: $25
A giant knight with a green body (Jack Wright), interrupting King Arthur’s Christmas Eve feast, challenges Sir Gawain (Chris Causer) to knock his head off with a shiny ax. We’re in the Middle Ages, clearly. Gawain, who says “gramercy” instead of “thanks,” is a medieval kind of guy. He goes on quests, wards off the temptress Lady Grey (Caroline Kidwell), and keeps asking the way to a mysterious Green Chapel in the woods for a rematch with green face. And that’s fine. But what's Causer doing singing hair metal? How come he and the indeed very green White, face paint and all, stop the play dead to do a cringeworthy Scorpions cover? As medieval pastiche, John C. Ashton’s show for Pearl Poet Productions takes itself too seriously. As a rock musical, it’s embarrassing. But as both together, it’s the weirdest thing on wheels. Nich Radcliffe directs. —Max Maller


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