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Theater Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ Ain’t Nothin’ But a Good Time

25 September 2010 12:46 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “I wanted to explore deep, thoughtful theatre,” deadpans a giddily vitriolic narrator, played here in a last minute swap-out by Mitchell Jarvis, during the eleventh hour of “Rock of Ages”. Although referring to any aspect of this rollicking, trenchantly self-aware jukebox ride in classical terms may either be mawkishly generous or downright offensive to its recalcitrant intent.

After all, in a production adorned with sequined motor jackets, zippy pop hits and fried and dyed locks, no one wants to bogart that joint.

Play Rating: 4.5/5.0

Impishly situated amongst a seemingly relentless throng of hit-or-miss jukebox musicals, “Rock of Ages” is a puckish offering that delivers the sort of raucous treats that stretch beyond the initial charm of its pungent 80s nostalgia. With the searing vocals of a fiery cast dispatching a hayrick of hits from the likes of Bon Jovi, Journey, Pet Benatar, Whitesnake and Poison, all amidst Beowulf Boritt’s stylized backdrop of L. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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