A Tale of Two Cities | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014
Price: $40
Charles Dickens's 1859 novel, set during the Reign of Terror that followed the 1789 French Revolution, comes to the stage in a taut, suspenseful adaptation that captures the romantic idealism, dark humor, and social outrage that drive this ripping good yarn. Playwright Christopher M. Walsh and director Elise Kauzlaric hone in on the core of Dickens's sprawling story: the triangular relationship between a young Frenchwoman (daughter of a former political prisoner) and the two men who love her (a dissolute English lawyer and a French aristocrat trying to atone for his family's misdeeds). Designers Joe Schermoly (set) and Diane D. Fairchild (lights) have created a stylized minimalist environment that keeps the tale's frequent changes in locale clear, and the ten-member ensemble delivers intense, compelling performances. Particularly good are John Henry Roberts as the narrator; Carolyn Klein as the fierce, vengeful revolutionary Madame Defarge; and Josh Hambrock as Sydney Carton, the feckless Englishman who is redeemed by his self-sacrifice. —Albert Williams



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