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Things Could Be Better 'Round Here: A Review of The Full Monty at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre | Newcity Stage
Director (and artistic director) Fred Anzevino has chosen to "christen" Theo Ubique's new Evanston home with "The Full Monty," Terrence McNally and David Yazbek's 2000 musical about a group of unemployed steelworkers who resort to putting on a strip show to keep themselves afloat. Unfortunately for Theo, their traditional "cabaret-style" take on musical theater does nothing to make up for a production that shows very little care to create any kind of cohesive theatergoing experience. Clunky scene transitions that bring the show's pace down to a sluggish crawl, bizarre moments of actors miming props, and some fantastically confused blocking throughout the production start to compound the levels of unprofessionalism faster than that inevitable striptease finale. It doesn't help that the content of "The Full Monty" does not hold up in 2018. At all. You want fat jokes? You get over two-and-a-half hours of them. Gay panic jokes? Piles of them. Racial fetishism? The song "Big Black Man" is