Isn't it swell?

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 4, 2010

On the other hand, to play Roxie and Velma as similarly brash and slapstick in their scheming suggests another cultural truth: The more things change, the more things stay the same. The two gals do of course end up in the same sister act, when all's said and done, and in this show Maguire and Snelson's weary, jaded irony in these numbers is exquisite. Isn't everything great nowadays? they sing dryly. "Isn't is swell? Isn't it fun? Isn't it?" They go on to warn us to enjoy it, that before long it's all gonna change, but the sour smirks in the sides of their mouths suggest they know that a lot of things in this circus aren't going anywhere.

CHICAGO | by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, and John Kander | Directed by Donna Drake | Musical Direction by Jason Wetzel | Choreography by Rhonda Miller | Produced by the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick | through August 7 | 207.725.8769

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