Gaudy Night | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Gaudy Night 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Adapter Frances Limoncelli and director Dorothy Milne do a remarkable job carving a two-act play out of Dorothy L. Sayer's 500-plus-page novel. Set at a fictional women's college at Oxford University and featuring detective work by Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, the book is packed with fascinating eccentrics and witty dialogue. The stage version is almost as rich, partly because the adaptation is so expert and partly because this production is filled with actors whose every gesture and pause speaks volumes. Jenifer Tyler as Vane is spot-on, but Peter Greenberg (who's played Wimsey in two other Lifeline adaptations) feels a touch too stiff and self-satisfied as Sayers's brilliant, dashing, aristocratic amateur detective. Through 7/30: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 5:30 PM, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, 773-761-4477, $14-$26.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Jack Helbig

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
The Suffrage Plays Den Theatre
November 01
Performing Arts
Every Brilliant Thing Windy City Playhouse South
September 18

Popular Stories