Review "Meet John Doe": Charming, Lyrical Tale of Manipulation

Porchlight Theatre presents

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MEET JOHN DOE

At Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Porchlight Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of "Meet John Doe," a musical based on the Frank Capra film.

During the Great Depression, a columnist saves her job by creating a news story. Her fake suicidal man garners the city's attention and sells newspapers. To keep up the charade, Ann hires a John to play the role.  Conflict arises when John inspires a cult following. John wants honesty. Ann wants fame.  The newspaper wants the cult. "Meet John Doe" is a charming, lyrical tale about the media manipulating public sympathies.

Read the rest of my review at Make It Better.

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