Something Rotten | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Blake Hammond and Rob McClure in Something Rotten

Blake Hammond and Rob McClure in Something Rotten

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 23 2017
Price: $27-$108
Sure, it's an English major's paradise, filled with wordplay and Elizabethan references. And yes, your enjoyment will definitely be enhanced by an encyclopedic knowledge of musical theater. But even cultural illiterates can love this touring production of a 2015 Broadway hit. The puns are mostly dirty, after all, the dancing omelets unforgettable, and a sharp Equity cast puts the whole thing over with an energy approaching joy. Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell's book follows the tribulations of the playwriting Bottom brothers, Nigel and Nick, as they vie for success in a theater scene dominated by rock-star glamorous Will Shakespeare. When Nick Bottom (first quiz question: Where've you heard that name before?) decides to even the odds by hiring a soothsayer, high jinks—honest-to-God delightful high jinks—ensue. —Tony Adler



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