Tudor Lessons – Chicago Reader

After starting life at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, it then had its North American premiere at Chicago Shakespeare in 2019 before heading to Broadway, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s edgy rock musical (directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage) about the most famous sextet of Spouses in history returns for a three-month run at the CIBC Theatre. (Or nearly half the length of Henry VIII’s shortest marriage. That would be Anne of Cleves, the second “divorced” in the famous “divorced, beheaded, dead, divorced, beheaded, survived” rhyme, which begins to the show.)

Six is a blast, mainly because the creators know exactly what they’re looking for and are committed to doing it with light-hearted spectacle and glam-rock swagger. But they’re also mixed with just enough poignancy to remind us that even though these women lived and died (at least two in horrible ways, look at that rhyme again) nearly 500 years ago, they were real people, doing the best they could. . she might in a system where being queen, let alone minor nobility before marriage, didn’t mean much. Particularly when you’re married to a capricious, petulant son with absolute power over you, which is never fun.

Six
Until 3/7: Tuesday, Thursday to Friday 7:30 pm, Wednesday 2 and 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 and 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm; CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, 800-775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com, $35-$130.

This is not a well-behaved PBS documentary by any means. The framing device for this 80 minute game is that the queens are going to tell us their stories in song as a way of fighting over who had the worst time. (Anne of Cleves can barely keep a straight face pretending to be sad about her fate; more on that later.)

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