Man of La Mancha | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Man of La Mancha 

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Charles Newell's staging reveals Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's 1965 musical version of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote to be a muscular, moving meditation on the battle between imagination and autocracy. Thanks to John Culbert's breathtakingly gloomy prison set, Cervantes' struggle against the Inquisition genuinely engulfs him. A small-scale orchestra under music director Doug Peck allows the riveting voices of Hollis Resnik (Escalante/Aldonza/Dulcinea) and Herbert Perry (Cervantes/Quixote) to resonate (though Perry is heavy on the bombast early in the show). With a strong supporting cast and a bold visual style, this production strips away any illusions about the work's dinner-theater nostalgic appeal. Through 11/6: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Also Sat 3 PM. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472. $35-$50.

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