The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 19 2009
Phone: 847-634-0200
Price: $45
Adapted from an improv-based play, William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's musical retains a loose, fresh, spontaneous feel that comes across in director Rachel Rockwell's Marriott Theatre revival. But the material begins to feel a little thin after a while, partly because the characters are treated as little more than comic stereotypes and partly because Finn's lyrics are bland and his music forgettable. Still, the production is packed with terrific, energetic performances. Personal favorite: Katie Boren's star turn as a perfectionist, Asian-American honors student rebelling against the compulsion to always be the best. --Jack Helbig



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