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click to enlarge Joey Steakley and Kara Davidson in The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

Joey Steakley and Kara Davidson in The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 7 2017
Price: $30-$45
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This Dorothy has a cell phone. Yes, she desperately wanted out of Kansas, but, no, she didn't expect to leave by way of tornado. Now, terrorized by the Wicked Witch of the West, she's leading a motley crew down the yellow brick road and thinking Kansas wasn't so bad after all. Revived by the House Theatre of Chicago, which premiered it in 2005, Phillip Kapperich's stage version of the L. Frank Baum classic is inventive, amusing, familiar without getting slavish about it, and just arch enough to be hip without spoiling things. AnJi White is Marvels Comics sleek rather than Margaret Hamilton shriveled as the evil witch. Joe Steakley is sweet and fey as that original friend of Dorothy, Toto. But Christine Mayland Perkins is the luckiest cast member: her Scarecrow gets to build a brain of her own, delightfully, from scratch. —Tony Adler

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