Spring Awakening | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Hollis Resnik, Patrick Rooney, and Kevin Gudahl in Spring Awakening

Hollis Resnik, Patrick Rooney, and Kevin Gudahl in Spring Awakening

Liz Lauren

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 21 2016
Price: $50
With a score that includes songs like "The Bitch of Living," "The Word of Your Body," and "Totally Fucked," Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's great musical won't be anybody's pick for the high school spring show this year. But give it time. After all, a 2011 national tour was tamer than the 2006-'09 Broadway production, and this version from Marriott Theatre suffers from an even greater excess of decorum. Preopening news stories made much of the idea that Marriott was risking its blue-hair subscriber base by staging the hit adaptation of Frank Wedekind's play about teenagers trying—and failing—to cope with sexual repression in 1890s Germany; director Aaron Thielen apparently decided the risk was too great. He's got the thing onstage, all right, but doesn't take chances even with hairstyles. Though the cast perform beautifully, there are ways in which they're already stuck in a parent-safe high school presentation. —Tony Adler

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