Theater Review: “Candide” @ The Shakespeare Theatre

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is cheeky, energetic fun. Using Voltaire’s 1759 as its source material, Bernstein’s musical satirizes western civilization with an equal cheerfully wicked punchlines. The music and lyrics are full of punchy wit, and under the direction of Macarthur fellow Mary Zimmerman, the production finds resourceful ways to convey its globetrotting plot. With a strong cast and several exceptional performances, Candide is an absolute delight.

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