Lions in Illyria | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2015
Price: $15
This is one of the more ambitious projects I've seen from Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries, which typically adapts popular children's books for the stage. By contrast, Lions is an original work by ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric, based on Shakespeare's great comedy Twelfth Night. Kauzlaric turns the Bard's characters into animals: Violet (Brandi Lee) and Sebastian (played by understudy Ryan Stajmiger at the show I attended) are brother and sister lions, while Toby (Mykele Callicutt) and Sir Andrew (Stajmiger) are a warthog and a dodo bird, respectively. It's lots of fun and very silly, and while the plot may be a bit much for young children to follow completely, they should enjoy the story's weirdness. Its wisdom too—Kauzlaric takes care to insert lessons about friendship, love, and the importance of being oneself (even when you're an actor dressed as a lioness disguised as a lion) that feel neither forced nor superfluous. —Suzanne Scanlon
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