Playhouse Square's Legally Blonde offers surprisingly enjoyable escapist fare
Issue date: 10/29/10 Section: Focus
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My original review from '08 calls Blonde "theatrical cotton candy" because it's pink, fluffy, and comprised of several strands loosely wrapped around a hollow, central premise of a ditzy debutante going to law school. Feminists beware, Elle Woods is enrolling at Harvard Law in hopes of renewing her romance with her dolt of a boyfriend, Warner. Elle then learns important life lessons: do the readings your professor assigns, sexual harassment is bad, and wearing only pink will get you laughed at. Unless you change to conform to society's standards, nobody will take you seriously.
One of the primary issues of the first national tour was that the show lost much of its decadence from Broadway. The sets, which were significantly downsized between Broadway and the first tour, are the most compacted yet. This ends up being a good thing as the newly downsized set draws more attention to the actors and the human aspect of the show. The world has changed since the excess of the early 2000's that inspired the original movie, and this set does an appropriate job reflecting that.