Triassic Parq: The Musical | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017
Price: $28
This clever 90-minute musical by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz, and Steve Wargo—composed in the pop-rock style of such shows as Wicked, Carrie, Batboy, and Spring Awakening—takes Jurassic Park's premise of genetically engineered dinosaurs as the basis of a campy yet surprisingly thoughtful fable about religion, science, and gender identity. An all-female tribe of singing and dancing dinos, who worship "the Lab" that bred them and feeds them their daily goats, is thrown into chaos when some of its, um, members begin to sexually mutate in order to reproduce—because, as we all know, "life will find a way." Circle Theatre's intimate production, a remount of its 2015 hit, is driven by Tommy Bullington and Nicholas Reinhart's gag-packed, high-energy staging and by flamboyant, polished performances by an eight-person ensemble headed by Parker Guidry as the knowledge-seeking "Velociraptor of Innocence" and the wonderful Veronica Garza as a horny T. rex. —Albert Williams

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