The Story of the Marvelettes | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 7 2014
Price: $55-$65
In the best parts of Reginald Williams's new musical, members of 60s girl group the Marvelettes rip on their fellow Motown signees the Supremes. The honesty and humor punched up in those moments are lacking in the rest of this Black Ensemble Theater production, whose not-so-great aspects include lackluster blocking and a flat set that largely ignores the theater's thrust stage. Williams's script frequently tells when it should show, giving us characters who sit around talking about their lives more than they live them, and while as lead singer Gladys Horton, Melanie McCullough's got the pipes and personality, she's never given much worth singing over. It's too bad, because with songs like "Please Mr. Postman" and "Heatwave," the show should really wow. Instead it wusses out. —Chloe Riley



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