The Fairy Queen | Studebaker Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Liz Lauren

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 13 2016
Price: $39-$125, $15 students
The newly restored Studebaker Theater is the plush setting for Chicago Opera Theater’s new version of Henry Purcell’s 17th century semi-opera (think musical theater), itself an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written by COT general director Andreas Mitisek and California-based satirical troupe Culture Clash, it’s set in contemporary Las Vegas, where Ron (aka Oberon, king of the fairies), and Tanya (aka Titania, his wife), are staging a celebration at Club FQ, owned by the pink-haired, troublemaking Puck. There’s a spat, a misapplied love potion, and a resulting bunch of very bawdy mayhem. Dialogue could be sharper, direction a tad less frenetic, but Purcell’s score is played on period instruments by the fine Haymarket Opera Orchestra, and the cast is terrific—especially Marc Molomot as the stressed, hilarious Puck and Kimberly E. Jones as Tanya, with a royal treasure of a voice. It's about as much fun as you can have with the Baroque. —Deanna Isaacs



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