Venue Details

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 166 members
Review from Harmon
Red Velvet 77 events 56 reviews

First of all, the Bad. This is a misandristic feminist musical play. The men are violent, stupid or foolish people. The women are oppressed, heroic, or innately good. It is also sexually vulgar, to the point of embarrassment, as staged.


reviewed Aug 17 2013 report as inappropriate
Kathleen Burch
Review from Kathleen Burch
Red Velvet 77 events 35 reviews

Good show, although it could use some cutting. First act too long. I had trouble understanding all the actors at first, I guess because of the southern accents, but it got much better in the second act. Not a lot of choreography but what there was...continued

reviewed Aug 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Doc Johnson
Review from Doc Johnson
Red Velvet 67 events 25 reviews

Wow, the performance you get from the Mercury Theater was as good as something you would experience on Broadway for triple the price. The voice, the skill, the intensity was sensational. The color purple was so good, I just bought a few extra...continued

reviewed Oct 30 2013 report as inappropriate
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Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The Color Purple may not be appropriate for children under the age of 11. Parental discretion is advised.

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