The Other Cinderella | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 23 2011
Price: $40-$45
Set in a black Land of Other, Jackie Taylor's musical version of the old folk tale was Black Ensemble Theater's first hit in 1976. The company revives it here for the 16th time--it's their Christmas Carol--and this fresh, energetic production is a strong argument for keeping the franchise going. Pop culture references have gotten updates through the years, but the show remains decidedly, cheerfully old school. Like a pre-World War II musical, it's basically a delivery mechanism for singing, dancing, jokes, romance, and a smart good-time spirit. The script provides plenty of broad comedy and sly social comment, and this production's winning cast, backed by a capable five-piece R&B band, sells every moment. --Dan Weissmann

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