Lighthousekeeping | Storefront Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 17 2011
Price: $18-$25
A review in London's Guardian calls Jeanette Winterson's 2004 novel, Lighthousekeeping, "utterly skewwhiff," which is English for "way off-center." And it's certainly that. A story about stories, the book gives us Silver, a Scottish girl who lives under literally skewwhiff circumstances--in a house cut slantwise into a bank--until her mother dies. Then she goes to live with Pew, a blind, aphoristic old lighthousekeeper who tells reams of tales that suggest an oddly intimate familiarity with events that you'd think took place well before he was born. Georgette Kelly's new chamber-theater-style adaptation is lovingly done but wrongheaded. Winterson's idiosyncratic prose and plottings demand to be encountered on the page, where a reader can give them a long, thoughtful savor. That's not possible here. The script is essentially--perhaps necessarily--undramatic, and Jessica Hutchinson's production for New Leaf Theatre splits the audience so that everybody's pretty much guaranteed to miss something important. The performances range from deadly to serviceable, but Ron Butts endears himself as a simultaneously down-to-earth and mystical Pew. --Tony Adler



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