HAIR Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"Of all the many local productions of 'Hair' during the last decade or so, I think this one is my favorite. Killer vocal takes on the famous songs...it stirs the blood and makes you believe in the power of storytelling and its capacity to motivate social change. "
Highly Recommended, Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Sun Times
“At once grand-scale yet intimate as well as fiercely energetic. The clarion voices of this theatrical “tribe” are top notch.. Music director Eugene Dizon and his five-piece band also give full power to the score.”
Recommended, Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

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Performink
“This earnest cast taps into the urgency of empathy and shared human experience with succinct poignance...The ensemble imbues all the youthful energy while tapping into the understanding of the human experience only those old enough to have known suffering can understand...And everyone, every tribe member, every role, from big to small, sings with intention and specificity, spreading the gospel of love, peace and understanding.”
Tonika Todorova, Performink

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Chicago Theatre & Concert Reviews
“Didier’s passionately poetic production dazzles and moves the audience in the way that a finely produced musical should...this production will be long counted among Mercury Theater’s finest, in a long line of great shows. It’s a heartfelt celebration of love, friendship and exuberant defiance that won’t soon be forgotten.”
Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre & Concert Reviews

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Chicagoland Theatre Reviews
“The freshness and enthusiasm of the ensemble is totally persuasive...the casting is perfection...with this outstanding revival, the Mercury Theater can congratulate itself on breathing new life into a semi-forgotten American musical masterpiece to, sending today’s audiences on a memorable voyage of either remembrance or discovery. The production cries out for an open run transfer.”
Daniel Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

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BroadwayWorld
“Mercury Theater's revival of the iconic rock musical HAIR infuses some peace, love, and sunshine into this Chicago summer...Every time this Tribe sings, they are indeed letting the sunshine in.”
<-Rachel Weinberg, BroadwayWorld

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Stage and Cinema
Now grooving at the Mercury Theater, Brenda Didier’s revival reinvents the magic over two generations later: In effect, the actuarial grandchildren of the show’s first coming invoke its indomitable spirit in this latest reprise.”
Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

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Chicagoland Musical Theatre
“The ensemble blends beautifully both musically and physically, creating a sense of intimacy that draws the audience in...the observably universal talent among the production’s cast as individuals aids in the sense of family that is so critical to making the show work.”
Bryson David Hoff, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

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Around the Town Chicago “It is difficult NOT to fall in love with each and every character that comes to life in this play.”
Al Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

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Chicago Critic
“Hair
is one of those theatrical experiences everyone should have at least once. This Mercury Theatre’s production is one of the best I’ve seen since the original. It does those hippies justice. Be sure to experience this production.”
Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

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Broadway Backstage (Comcast) / Behind the Curtain (WGNPlus.com)
“If you thought the message and power of the nearly 50 year old musical HAIR would be outdated, you haven’t been reading a newspaper for six months. The beautiful score and powerful anti-war and human respect messages are as vibrant today as they were when this show first premiered. Kudos to Eugene Dizon for magnificent musical direction and to director Brenda Didier for keeping the show visually captivating and the superb cast focused. An incredibly enjoyable experience you do not want to miss. One of the best Mercury Theater Chicago has done. If we have to live thru the fear and concerns of the 1960s over again in real life, we might as well do it thru this wonderful theatrical event!”
Paul Lisnek, Host, “Broadway Backstage,” Comcast Network & Host, “Behind the Curtain,” WGNPlus.com