***RECOMMENDED*** Firebrand Theatre’s production of “9 to 5 The Musical” plays out pretty much like a normal day at the office. It starts out with an energetic spurt at the very onset and settles into a comfortable rhythm as you coast into your first coffee break, which helps you make it until your lunch hour recess. Returning from a three martini lunch (or intermission) things may appear to be in disarray as you slip into a mid-afternoon hangover. Another cup of coffee — or two or three — will jolt you back into some semblance of reality and soon the hands of the clock are sweeping swiftly toward that magical hour. This is not to imply that this “9 to 5” is a drag. It is a fun and cheery show filled with great songs and strong performances. You are guaranteed to laugh twice as much as you would in a quarter of the time spent at your daily grind. 3 SPOTLIGHTS
Firebrand Theatre’s production of “9 to 5 The Musical” runs through May 20th in the Den Theatre’s Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Metered street parking is available in the neighborhood. Running time is 2 hours, 10 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $45. FYI www.firebrandtheatre.org.
Read reviews by Carol Moore and Jeffrey Leibham at www.spotlightonlake.com.