The Arabian Nights | Lookingglass Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 9 2009
Phone: 312-337-0665
Price: $30-$64
Conceived and produced during the 1992 gulf war, Mary Zimmerman's intricate stories-within-stories adaptation of lesser-known tales from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights has all the heart-stopping visual beauty and whimsical stagecraft that made her a critical darling. But there's no laurel-resting in this stunning revival, featuring a nimble mix of longtime ensemble members--including Louise Lamson as a luminous Scheherezade--and newcomers playing a variety of roles. Whether relating a prolonged fart joke or marvelous etchings of faith, loss, betrayal, and acceptance, Zimmerman finds the soulful truths that make up our enduring humanity, and does so with only the barest hints of polemic. --Kerry Reid


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