The Fantasticks | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2009
Price: $37
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's landmark 1960 musical, about two teenagers who find true love only after hard experience shatters their romantic illusions, is highly susceptible to saccharine sentimentality. But in Porchlight Music Theatre's superb rendition, director Sean Kelly and choreographer Andrew Waters avoid that trap by emphasizing the show's quirky humor, wry wisdom, and melancholy undertones. The fine cast includes Sean Effinger-Dean and Emma Rosenthal as the foolish lovers and Ryan Lanning and Dan Ferretti as their fathers, who feign a feud in order to bring the couple together. As the enigmatic narrator called El Gallo, Jeff Parker deftly balances shy compassion and detached candor, and William Raffeld and Rus Rainear are hilarious as a team of traveling Shakespearean hams. Under Eugene Dizon's musical direction, the beautifully crafted light-jazz score is by turns delicate and driving. --Albert Williams



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