Theatre: Curtain calls

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THE CHAIRS

Richard Briers and Geraldine McEwan are the best double act in town. Theatre de Complicite's Simon McBurney is a hot contender for director of the year with his thrillingly theatrical production of Ionesco's absurdist comedy. Extraordinary stuff. Beg for a seat (if you'll pardon the expression).

Royal Court at the Duke of York's, WC2 (0171-565 5000)

CHICKS WITH FLICKS

Did Tina Charles really love to love? Did the Nolan Sisters start the poll tax riots? Jackie Clune follows up the sensational Showstopper with her supremely silly tribute to Seventies hair- and song-stylists. A hilarious evening of harmony and hairspray.

King's Head, N1 (0171-226 1916)

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Antony Sher swings from the chandelier and buckles his swashes with abandon as the big-nosed poet. Greg Doran's feisty RSC production is big on Les Mis-style action but less good at relaxing to show the play's heart. Alexandra Gilbreath's gloriously commanding Roxane, however, more than makes up for it.

Lyric Theatre, London W1 (0171-494 5045)

THE FRONT PAGE

Hecht and MacArthur's zinger of a farce about newspaper hounds sniffing out a good story. Alun Armstrong is the no-holds-barred editor, Griff Rhys Jones, his star reporter who wants to marry and quit the profession. Sam Mendes directs.

Previewing, opens Mon. Donmar Warehouse, London WC2 (0171-369 1732)

DAVID COPPERFIELD

Artistic director Matthew Francis leaves on what looks like a high. His previous adaptations have been crowded with theatrical life. Beats cheesy pantos hands down.

Greenwich Theatre, London SE8 (0181-858 7755)

CHICAGO

OK, it's not as smart as it thinks it is, but the terrific score, thrilling choreography, Ruthie Henshall, Henry Goodman, Gareth Valentine's band (bravo to the brass section) are all tremendous. That's a helluva lot more than can be said for every other West End show.

Adelphi Theatre, London W1 (0171-344 0055)

THE SLOW DRAG

The theatre is transformed into a jazz club for Carson Kreitzer's intimate show about a real-life musician who passed as a man but was anything but. A hot band and a trio of excellent performances.

Whitehall Theatre, London SW1 (0171-369 1735)

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