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click to enlarge Dana Tretta and Lauren Roesner

Dana Tretta and Lauren Roesner

Jay Kennedy

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $40-$42
New incubator the Chicago Theatre Workshop seeks to provide a launching pad for artists, and this, the first show of its inaugural season, certainly does some launching. Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar’s film-noir-inspired musical comedy is a big show that features Broadway-caliber voices from cast members including Lauren Roesner, Javier Ferreira, and Rashada Dawan. As damsel in distress Jo Van Cleave and private dick Eddie Cain, Roesner and Ferreira are a charming central couple with sharp comedic timing and strong vocal harmonies. Dawan delights as unreliable narrator Madam Theresa, a fortune teller and neighborhood gossip who sings “Love Makes Fools Out of All of Us.” Most probably won’t catch all of the copious references to noir classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, but it’s a fun ride, with humor for all demographics. —Marissa Oberlander


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