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Russell Mernagh in Rock of Ages

September 13, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Original Article: https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rock-of-ages/Event?oid=30386851

Rock of Ages 

When: Through 10/15: Wed 1:30 PM, Thu 1:30 and 8 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM 
Price: $45-$60
Maybe it's a generational thing, or maybe just a question of trying to get one more drop of blood from the Rock. Past productions have approached Chris D'Arienzo's 2005 jukebox musical as an affectionate spoof of 80s hair metal, with a secondary streak of self-parody running through it. But in this new Drury Lane version, self-parody has become the point. Director Scott Weinstein seems to regard the book—about Sunset Strip rockers resisting a Giulianiesque effort to clean up their gloriously sleazy neighborhood—as less a text than a target. The staging is full of jokey, raunchy topical subversions, mainly carried out by Nick Druzbanski as Lonnie, the endlessly saucy narrator. It works often enough to keep things amusing but also makes you less likely to care what becomes of the would-be lovers (Cherry Torres and Russell Mernagh) at the center of the show. Still, the period music survives. It's hard to stop believing in "Don't Stop Believing." —Tony Adler