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When: March 24-April 26 2012
Price: $12-$20
Lois Lowry's 1993 young-adult novel is set in a controlled community where the quest for "sameness" has led to the suppression of emotions—and worse. Eric Coble's new adaptation for Adventure Stage Chicago starts with a mildly sardonic Pleasantville vibe that gradually shades into darker territory, but neither the script nor Brian Bell's staging quite nails the shifts in tone. The show pulls its punches just when it needs to amp up the urgency. Aaron Lawson exudes sensitivity as Jonas, the 12-year-old chosen to serve as a walking archive, storing up memories of the time before sameness (from sunlight and sledding to war and starvation). But a surfeit of dramatic sameness makes it difficult to engage with Lowry's fascinating premise. —Kerry Reid

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