The Little Mermaid | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Rebecca Finnegan, Rachel Eskenazi, Adam Fane, and Sean Blake

Rebecca Finnegan, Rachel Eskenazi, Adam Fane, and Sean Blake

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 16 2015
Price: $34
The mother seated behind me knew the words to every song in this stage musical version of the Disneyfied tale; if you’re like her, you’ll enjoy this overproduced spectacle featuring Ariel, a mermaid who longs to live on land. She manages to achieve her goal through marriage to a handsome prince (and to do so must only come close to losing her voice). If I hadn’t been so distracted by the abundance of tired cliches on display here—or the little girls and their moms admiring hypersexualized mermaids traded as property between powerful men—well, maybe I would've enjoyed this more than I did. Rachel Eskenazi-Gold, who plays Ariel, is wildly talented, as is the entire supporting cast; I hope to see them all in something worthy. —Suzanne Scanlon

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