Always & Forever at Illusion extended; love jams prove resilience

Stepping in style: Dennis Spears and T. Mychael Rambo in "Always & Forever"
Stepping in style: Dennis Spears and T. Mychael Rambo in "Always & Forever"
by Lauren B. Photography
Always & Forever has been extended until October 10 at Illusion Theater, meaning that this musical revue will have run for six weeks before the stage goes dark--a healthy run, and indicative of ticket sales for a show that does little but amply entertain. It also remains one hall-of-fame date show for those looking to sweeten their sweetie with a big helping of love songs (see afterglow-laden Dressing Room review here).

The plot is not one about which a doctoral thesis will be written: four guys hang out in a barbershop, exchange a few words of dialogue here and there, and then launch into song. If anything, the lack of a concerted effort to shoehorn more of a narrative into this thing is downright refreshing.

Dipping into the 1960s and 70s R&B and funk songbook is never a bad idea, and here the hits just keep coming: "Can't Get Enough of Your Love," "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing," "Lets Get It On," and a incendiary "Me and Mrs. Jones."

It's a big weekend coming up for theater here in town, with new shows opening at the Guthrie, Children's Theatre Company, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, and Park Square. More on those in days to come, but for the moment, Illusion offers up several more chances to catch Always & Forever's funky love fest.

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