'Woody Sez' ★★★

The show at Northlight Theatre about the folksy radical, always "singing for the plain folks and getting in trouble with the rich folks," is neither a big, compelling production nor a masterpiece of spare dramaturgical construction. Rather, "Woody Sez" is a warm-centered, conventionally styled excursion through the life and times of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie of Okemah, Okla., beginning with his birth in 1912 and peppered with skillful live performances of his music, some 30 songs in all played by a four-piece band of musicians. <br><br><i>

Through Oct. 21 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd.; $25-$73 at 847-673-6300 or northlight.org

</i><br><br>&#8212; Chris Jones
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( October 4, 2012 )

The show at Northlight Theatre about the folksy radical, always "singing for the plain folks and getting in trouble with the rich folks," is neither a big, compelling production nor a masterpiece of spare dramaturgical construction. Rather, "Woody Sez" is a warm-centered, conventionally styled excursion through the life and times of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie of Okemah, Okla., beginning with his birth in 1912 and peppered with skillful live performances of his music, some 30 songs in all played by a four-piece band of musicians.

Through Oct. 21 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd.; $25-$73 at 847-673-6300 or northlight.org

— Chris Jones

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