Review: American Beauty Shop at Chicago Dramatists (May 26, 2016)

American Beauty Shop is the story of the Sugar Shack, a salon located in a basement run by Sue, a single mother to Judy. The shop is losing a lot of business to Supercuts. They are struggling to get by and it seems like their only chance to save the business is to win the lottery. There are only two things going well, at first.

Their most loyal customer, Helen, is an absolute joy. She is very upbeat and she comes very often. Then, she receives a gift that grants her free cuts at Supercuts for a year and she says she just can’t let it go to waste. However, she visits Supercuts’ website and is appalled enough that she changes her mind. So, she tries her best to save the salon. She insists they need to get on “the Facebook and the Twitter”. She is so funny.

Secondly, Judy is doing great in school and she gets into MIT. But this also is in jeopardy due to some personal issues. The play comes to a dramatic climax when the family argues about Judy’s future. All the actresses intensely express their emotions and the audience is on the edge of their seats.

What will happen to the Sugar Shack? Will Judy attend MIT? Find out now with the American Beauty Shop at Chicago Dramatists through June 5th!

Quinn Delaney

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