Tomato Queen | Blue Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Quest Theatre Ensemble's original musical for kids is laudably ambitious if underdeveloped. Tomato Queen—book and lyrics by Christine Hodak and music by Scott C. Lamps—tells the story of Camina (a stellar Molly LeCaptain), who's sent away to "commercial success" camp by her parents, sold on the Machiavellian theories of Mr. Boggs (Kent Joseph). There the last mostly hides behind a giant newspaper and orders around a sidekick (Kirk Osgood, a standout in multiple roles), while Camina works to discover the secrets to growing a perfect tomato, aided by a fast friend in Dormouse (Vincent Lonergan) and faced with challenges from the devious Evil Scientist (campy Nate Buursma). At more than two hours, with no fewer than 34 musical numbers, the show remains a work in progress, or at least in need of some serious cuts. —Suzanne Scanlon

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