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Lookingglass Theatre's Hard Times

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 14 2018
Price: $50-$85
The current revival of Heidi Stillman’s 2001 adaptation of Charles Dickens’s sober, satirical 1854 novel about life among the rich and working poor in the fictional Coketown combines understated theatrical scenes with a handful of circus acts (in particular the Spanish Web) to create an intelligent, quietly powerful drama. This isn't a show for audiences who don’t like to listen (or think). But for those with a touch of patience and a taste for literary theater, the production offers many rewards—like pitch-perfect acting under Stillman's direction (Audrey Anderson and Cordelia Dewdney particularly shine), fine costumes (designed by Mara Blumenfeld), and ear- and eye-pleasing design from Andre Pluess (sound) and Dan Ostling (the superb set). —Jack Helbig

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