**** Recommended **** I have mixed feelings about “The Color Purple”. On the one hand, the Drury Lane production was excellent; on the other, I’m not in love with the musical itself. Alice Walker wrote a really powerful book, which Steven Spielburg made into a really powerful movie. Why not a really powerful play? Maybe even a play with music – like at church, or in the juke joint or when Shug is feeling like singing. The musical’s script is actually quite different from that of the 1985 movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Margaret Avery. There were some rough spots, but overall, a good show. 3 ½ Spotlights
“The Color Purple” runs through November 3rd at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Parking is free, valet is also available. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Wednesdays at 1:30 pm; Thursdays at 1:30 and 8:00 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 and 6:00 pm. Tickets range from $50-$65. FYI (630) 530-0111, Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or www.drurylanetheatre.com.
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