Theater Review: ‘If/Then’

By Brian Yorkey, If/Then tells the story of a woman named Elizabeth who moves back to New York City for a fresh start.

The Broadway hit If/Then makes a pit stop in Dallas, TX at the Winspear Opera House. The lead character, Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), is a 38-year old woman battling with herself, in somewhat of a mid-life crisis. She returns to New York City from Arizona to try to put her life back together. However, two of her closes friends, her seemingly bi-sexual friend Lucas (Anthony Rapp) and her lesbian friend Kate (Tamyra Gray), want to pull her in different directions. Affectionately called two different names by her friends, Beth or Liz, regardless of what direction Elizabeth chooses, she always looks at if from a ‘what if’ point of view instead of just living life and enjoying the moment. A little bit of a spoiler, Elizabeth ends up getting pregnant and must decide whether she should keep the baby or not. Just by the basis of the characters, If/Then is a very modern musical and probably very relatable for a lot of women. Elizabeth is close to 40 but still feels she’s living the life of a woman in her 20s at times.

The cast is quite hilarious and there’s tons of bathroom humor thrown in here and there. Musically, the lead voices are mind blowing. In the original Broadway number, Elizabeth was played by Frozen’s Idina Menzel, but Jackie Burns belts out the tunes just as good. Some may remember Tamyra Gray from American Idol’s inaugural season and her voice is just as amazing as it was then.

I wouldn’t say If/Then is one of the best musicals but it is quite entertaining.

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