The Cousin From Nowhere | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 17 2016
Price: $25-$40
Chicago Folks Operetta, which specializes in producing neglected works from the post-World War I "Silver Age" of European operetta, delivers a winning revival of German composer Eduard Künneke's 1921 Berlin hit. Translated by Gerald Frantzen and Hersh Glagov from the original text by Fritz Oliven (aka "Rideamus") and Herman Haller, the libretto is whimsical fluff: 18-year-old heiress Julia (Heather Youngquist) falls in love with a wandering stranger (Nicholas Pulikowski), who she thinks is her long-absent childhood sweetheart, upsetting the scheme of her greedy uncle and aunt (James Judd and Rose Guccione) to arrange a marriage for her so they can control her fortune. Under Elizabeth Margolius's direction, the romantic farce is performed in modern dress on an abstract white set. The cast of eight skilled singers play the comedy with a touch of mischievous camp while doing full justice to the gorgeous melodies. The lush, tuneful, bouncy score—packed with lively and lyrical waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, foxtrots, and tangos—is played superbly by a 21-piece orchestra under conductor Anthony Barrese. —Albert Williams



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