A Wrinkle in Time | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Javier Ferreira, Carmen Molina, and Madeline Pell

Javier Ferreira, Carmen Molina, and Madeline Pell

Jackie Jasperson

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 9 2017
Price: $40
This is the third time Lifeline Theatre has revived James Sie’s 1990 adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 kids' book, and it isn't hard to see why. L’Engle’s quirky characters are well drawn, and the story she tells, about a pair of plucky children who literally cross the universe (via said wrinkle) to save their father—and the world—remains a ripping yarn. In this version, directed by Elise Kauzlaric, the small stage is packed with strong performances (Naima Hebrall Kidjo is a standout as Red Eyes, the queen-bee villain of the tale) and lots of magical, mystical spectacle (Alan Donahue and Andrew Hildner share scene design credits). The production is at times sluggish and the action sometimes unclear (I suspect those more familiar with the novel will find the narrative less confusing). Still, the show, which has appeal for both adults and children, is more fun than not. —Jack Helbig
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