Tintypes | Open Door Repertory Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 17 2014
Price: $25
The wonder of this sweet, toothless, mildly entertaining 1980 musical revue is that it doesn't seem mustier than it does. Cobbled together from some four dozen very old songs, most of them written between 1879 and 1920, the show presents a series of unrelated musical scenes illustrating highlights of American history (from the Gilded Age to 1915) with special attention paid to Teddy Roosevelt's administration (1901 to 1909). There's no story to speak of, and character development is at a minimum, though director Shawn Douglass and his high-spirited five-person ensemble make things work as best they can—Janelle DeJohn and Marina Dee are particularly good at finding spice in the mostly bland material. Nonetheless, in the end this Open Door production has a hard time justifying two hours of stage time. —Jack Helbig



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