The Anyway Cabaret | Storefront Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 16 2014
Price: $15
The red stars adorning several performers’ chests in TUTA Theatre's puzzling music-hall menagerie suggests the show's half-baked "animal acts" stepped out of "The Sneeches." The oblique Dr. Seuss reference appears apt, but beyond the critters’ cute names—the Fish With a Wish, the Skunk in a Funk—all similarities end. While Seuss filled his simple verses with wit and wisdom, Slovenia's Martin Marion, who wrote music, book and lyrics, opts for simplemindedness. Each of the 17 songs repeats one or two modest points—cows moo, kangaroos poo—which coalesce into one easy, unearned sentiment: live fully despite death's inevitability. Director Jacqueline Stone's unfortunate cast can't sell the empty songs, while a fussy, disgruntled deer all-too-accurately tells them how bad their show is. —Justin Hayford
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