The Other Cinderella | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 13 2013
Price: $55-$65
Like many Black Ensemble Theater productions, this whimsical retelling of the classic fairy tale is strong on songs, weak on narrative. Nearly all of the characters are black—a conceit that must've seemed cutting edge in 1976, when the show first ran. But writer/director Jackie Taylor doesn't otherwise wander far from the original, so there are practically no surprises. Still, the music, cowritten by Taylor and Michael Ward, is delightful and even, at times, astonishing. Taylor clearly understands that, because she's packed her cast with first-rate singers (Raymond Wise is a standout as a plucky page) and backed them up with an amazing orchestra led by Robert Reddrick. —Jack Helbig


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