The Producers | Mercury Theater Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Director L. Walter Stearns’s revival of Mel Brooks’s well-crafted showbiz musical comedy (written with Broadway veteran Thomas Meehan) is remarkable for what it doesn't do: attempt to mimic either the blockbuster 2005 Broadway version or the iconic 1968 movie (starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder). Instead, Stearns packs his cast with capable performers who have their own takes on Brooks’s characters. Most notably, Bill Larkin and Matt Crowle remake the show’s leads (a crooked producer and his timid accountant) in their own image, finding new laughs in the old material while making their partnership seem less contrived. Likewise, Allison Sill transforms the stereotypically sexist role of a curvy Swedish secretary into something real, believable, and not so very sexist at all.—Jack Helbig



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