Great Expectations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 22 2013
Price: $28
Like all successful novel-to-stage adaptations, Gale Childs Daly's translation of the Charles Dickens classic embraces the spirit of the source while rendering it freshly revelatory. In Jason Gerace's vibrant production, six actors playing 40 characters occasionally grab books from a nearby shelf and read the story into life; the director also has an unorthodox willingness to dramatize what was mere exposition in the novel. Especially poignant in orphaned Pip's journey are the momentary reflections that mark his coming of age, and his recognition that it is in our deepest suffering that our truest character is formed: "It is a most shameful thing to be ashamed of home," he says. Megan Kohl is elegant and tragic as Miss Havisham, and Mike Tepeli's Pip has a charm that endears from start to finish. —Suzanne Scanlon


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