**** Highly Recommended **** Did Shakespeare really write all those words – or did he ‘borrow’ from Nigel Bottom? If you believe Nigel’s brother, Nick (and you shouldn’t) in the zany comedy, “Something Rotten”, Shakespeare never had an original idea in his life. “Something Rotten”, the anti-Shakespeare musical, is hilarious! Be prepared for rapid-fire delivery, huge production numbers, slapstick humor, silly costumes, double entendres, a dab of Mel Brooks, a pinch of “Spamalot” and bits and pieces of almost every Broadway musical ever written. I laughed so much my cheeks hurt! 4 BIG Spotlights
“Something Rotten” runs through July 23rd at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 pm, with 2:00 pm matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. No evening performance on July 23rd. Tickets range from $27-$108. Most reasonable parking option is the garage on Randolph between Michigan and Wabash (across from the Cultural Center) at $15. FYI (312) 977-1710, (800) 775-2000, www.broadwayinchicago.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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