Tommy | Circle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 19 2009
Phone: 708-771-0700
Price: $20
www.circle-theatre.org
The Who's ambitious rock opera has gone through numerous incarnations since it was first released as a concept album in 1969--full operatic treatment, concert version, Ken Russell movie, 1993 Broadway adaptation. But it's never quite overcome two basic flaws: the characters are undeveloped, and Pete Townsend's story is so fragmented as to be nearly incoherent at times. Still, a well-paced production and a strong cast like the one assembled for this spirited Circle Theatre revival can keep things moving fast enough that the audience doesn't have time to notice. The Circle production is further enlivened by Kevin Bellie's energetic, witty choreography, and by a six-piece band that really knows how to crank those tunes. --Jack Helbig

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