Barnum 032113
4.4 / 5 Rated by 93 members
Review from older theater fan
Red Velvet 172 events 54 reviews

Not a children's story. This is about relationships.

reviewed May 31 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Harmon
Red Velvet 66 events 46 reviews

This is a very enjoyable performance. We would not have been unhappy to have paid full price to see it. The play is well-cast, well-performed, and engaging. There are no memorable tunes, but the music is entertaining. Based on my own limited...continued

reviewed Apr 18 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Kathleen Burch
Red Velvet 74 events 35 reviews

Wonderful, lively show. Only complaint is one we have with so many musicals - in several instances the music was so loud that it was not possible to hear the words of the songs. Why is this so often a problem with musical direction?
But do go to...continued

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sherlock
Red Velvet 62 events 33 reviews

I have seen this show before and love it, but this production is not to be missed. Terrific casting and great from start to finish. Not a down moment. See it soon before it closes! Bring your friends! Also, family friendly! !

reviewed Jun 06 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from newengland
Red Velvet 76 events 28 reviews

A very enjoyable afternoon! The Barnum character's microphone was not picking up the lyrics of his songs adequately during the first half of the show, but apparently a correction was made during intermission. The first half of the show is...continued

reviewed Mar 30 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Paul
Red Velvet 39 events 18 reviews

Cleverly staged and enlightening about someone everyone has heard of, but knows relatively little about. The ensemble cast was excellent, with standouts being Mrs. Barnum and the ringmaster. For an enjoyable evening with a view to what love and...continued

reviewed May 29 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Irene
Red Velvet 46 events 15 reviews

From the moment you approach the theater you are drawn in to the Circus. Performers outside and in the auditorium mixing with the audience before the show. Energy and fun all throughout. Do not miss this production

reviewed Mar 30 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Charles Licht
Red Velvet 40 events 13 reviews

We were late since the Dan Ryna and Kenneedy were tottally screwed up. Imagine 49 minutes loop yp Montrose?

The staff was wonderful and found us seat without disturbing others. The show was very colorful and who knows might even have told...continued

reviewed Jun 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Barbara
131 events 90 reviews

They did a good job with the staging and acting. It is not a great show and the music just doesn't seem wonderful. If it were an option I would have given it three and a half stars for creativity on a small stage and good performances.

reviewed Mar 29 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Scott Clodfelter
57 events 44 reviews

Another great Mercury Theatre production.

reviewed Jun 05 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from MargeK
56 events 40 reviews

What a thoroughly wonderful show! This was like going to New York and seeing a Broadway show, except that it was in Chicago and the up-close seating was spectacular! Acting was great and showed the extraordinary talent of each actor -- singing,...continued

reviewed May 11 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Dorit
61 events 34 reviews

I can not recommend this show. The staging was good, but the play had a very thin plot and the music was mediocre. The acting was good, but the show did not have enough substance to keep us tuned in. We left during the intermission. It was all vey...continued

reviewed Apr 13 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jill S.
65 events 33 reviews

This play was great fun, starting from the minute you enter the theater. You're greeted by circus performers and free popcorn. It's a strong production with a great lead, and I learned a lot about the man behind the Three Ring Circus. Recommended.

reviewed May 12 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Helen KopecTraveler
66 events 25 reviews

This production is fun for ALL ages. We went on a Saturday night and the audience was primarily 30 to 60+ years old. We all enjoyed the production which brought us back to our childhood days. The two teenagers with us enjoyed it tremendously...continued

reviewed Apr 20 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Stacy Ray Shaffer
40 events 23 reviews

The Mercury is my new favorite theater in Chicago! It's so tiny and intimate, without a bad seat in the house. Also super clean, and easy to find parking nearby. Gene was amazing as Barnum, and his supporting cast was just as fabulous. Special...continued

reviewed Apr 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Evan B
38 events 19 reviews

Very entertaining and a very talented cast! The time just flew by. I highly recommend this performance.

reviewed Apr 04 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Linda Mueller
55 events 17 reviews

A really enjoyable experience. The performers gave their all despite the half filled theater.

reviewed Apr 11 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sockgirl
22 events 16 reviews

The performers were very talented and quite good. Not sure I think the story about P.T. Barnum is worth a play or at least the way they portrayed him as a real flim flam man. In all had a decent experience.

reviewed Jun 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from marcella
33 events 15 reviews

Fun show. Extremely talented crew. The first half was a little slow but overall the performance was fantastic and we all enjoyed the play. Interesting story and I think an important part of American history.

reviewed Mar 28 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob
34 events 14 reviews

A most enjoyable and delightful show. The cast dies a terrific job with this high energy show.

reviewed Apr 06 2013 report as inappropriate
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