Daddy Long Legs | Northlight Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 24 2010
Price: $35-$55
At 18, Jerusha Abbott is the oldest inmate at an early-20th-century New England orphanage. Her precocious class essays bring her to the attention of one of the orphanage's trustees, a young patrician named Jervis Pendleton, who decides to sponsor her college education while keeping his true identity a secret from her. (She knows him as "Mr. Smith" but nicknames him "Daddy Long Legs" in the progress reports she sends him.) Naturally, romantic complications develop as Jervis falls for the irrepressible Jerusha but dares not let on that he's Smith. Based on Jean Webster's 1912 epistolary novel--best known now as the source for a 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron--this musical by John Caird and Paul Gordon is sweet, charming, and just a wee bit dull, with an overlong first act, songs that lack dynamic variety, and a clear predilection for skating over the class issues it sets up. Still, when I consider what a miserable can of worms would be opened up by a more realistic treatment of the material, I figure a little smooth skating may not be a bad idea. --Tony Adler



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