By Eric Karas
Theater is back, and so are the boys in plaid! Easing into things, Drury Lane Oakbrook presents Forever Plaid, that perennial feel-good show about four Sixties-era close-harmony singers who, though struck down in a car accident, have one more show in them before heading to that Great Bandstand in the Sky. The cast here — Bryan Eng, Michael Ferraro, Yando Lopez, and A.D. Weaver — harmonize and pull off choralography so well, their unity is almost unreal. (Dare we say, heavenly?). Though they're working with Stuart Ross's corny script, it's a stable-enough bridge between all the song and dance, Plaid has never suffered for it, nor has Ross suffered as he's made bank. He had a wealth of tunes to draw upon, too: "Three Coins in a Fountain," "Perfidia," "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing," tunes that just compelled pockets of young men to gather under the light of the nearest street lamp and get to work. The whole package is just plain Sixties nifty: Kristen Martino's sets (a whole lotta plaid, natch) and Lee Fiskness's lights are especially on-point; and Paul Stancato's guides things along with a friendly hand. So, don't be a square; going to Plaid is a safe bet. Forever Plaid runs through November 7th at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. For tickets or more information, please call (630) 530-0111 or visit drurylanetheatre.com. Photo by Brett Beiner.