**** Recommended **** How do you fit “Pippin” into the intimate (actually tiny) space at Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret? Obviously one would need to find a small group of incredibly talented people and figure out how to fit them – and an audience – into the space. Director Walter Stearns utilizes every inch of space, including the surface of the bar, to create an immersive experience for the audience. His “Pippin” is Fosse-esque, right down to the white gloves, (totally appropriate since Fosse choreographed the original), sexy and suggestive, kind of cross between “Chicago” and “Cabaret” with a pinch of “Sweet Charity”. 4 Spotlights
“Pippin” runs through December 16th at the Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. Valet parking is available. Running time is 2 hours with an intermission. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:3 pm; and Sundays at 230 pm. Tickets range from $55-$65. FYI (773) 325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
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