The Book of Merman | Mary's Attic Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2015
Price: $25
A muumuu-wearing Ethel Merman finds two wholesome-as-heck Mormon missionaries at her front door in this new musical by Leo Schwartz. Eventually she teaches them to follow their dreams regardless of whether they contravene church doctrine. The paper-thin script is a little too tame and sometimes confusing (we're told that Merman died in 1984, yet the action is clearly set in the present). When it comes to music and lyrics, though, Schwartz proves adept at tweaking both The Book of Mormon and standards from Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, and others. The performances in David Zak’s high-spirited staging for Pride Films and Plays have all the requisite charm and cheese, particularly Libby Lane’s hail-fellow-well-met take on Ethel. —Zac Thompson



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