Dr. Seward's Dracula | First Folio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Elizabeth Stenholt, Joseph Stearns, and Christian Gray

Elizabeth Stenholt, Joseph Stearns, and Christian Gray

David Rice

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016
Price: $29-$39, $26-$36 students and seniors
Set in 1895 London, Joseph Zettlemaier’s suspenseful chiller is a sequel of sorts to Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire tale. Taking characters from Stoker’s original and mixing in real-life elements like Jack the Ripper, Zettlemaier focuses on vampire hunter Dr. Seward and his increasingly tortured life following the death of his beloved Lucy, one of Dracula’s early victims. Ably directed by Alison C. Vesely, this First Folio production is packed with first-rate performers, especially Christian Gray, who displays remarkable range as Seward. This is one of those rare thrillers that lives up to its promise, grabbing our attention in its first moments and not letting go until the heart-stopping ending.—Jack Helbig

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