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The American Girls Revue 

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Gretchen Cryer's book and lyrics deliver a host of positive messages to girls about patience, resilience, and responsibility. A rotating cast of kids, all stronger singers than actors, joins a few adults to reenact American Girl dolls' stories. But halfway through, this 75-minute sales pitch is getting a bit tiresome. For one thing we have to wait until the 1900s--when the dolls' stories start in 1764--for some comedy and for more uptempo tunes. Nancy Ford's anthemlike songs may well feel overly earnest to adults, though perhaps they're just the thing for a young girl to belt into her hairbrush at home. Open run: Thu-Fri 5:30 PM, Sat 12:30, 2, 4, and 5:30 PM, Sun 12:30, 2, and 4 PM. American Girl Place, 111 E. Chicago, 877-247-5223. $28.

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