She Stoops to Conquer 

Director William Brown boldly transplants Oliver Goldsmith's comedy--about a young man who mistakes his intended, whom he hasn't met, for a barmaid and her home for an inn--from 1773 Britain to 1895 Montana. Brown also grafts on tender-to-rousing country-western songs by Andrew Hansen that serve only to slow down and sentimentalize the story. With this change in place and pace, the laughs lessen. But more than ever we can savor the full effects of Goldsmith's shrewd lesson in the psychology of courtship. Kymberly Mellen makes the wily wooer, a witty Annie Oakley, both cunning and curious, and Timothy Edward Kane's shock at finally being honest with a woman who's his equal is richly satisfying. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 4/29: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, Wed 4/11, 7:30 PM, no show Tue 4/10, Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, $34-$54.


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