The BFG | Apollo Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Roald Dahl's subversive, cheerfully misanthropic worldview survives the translation from page to stage in this funny and inventive take on the author's 1982 kids’ novel. Resisting the urge to sweeten what's sour, adapter David Wood shows us innocent orphans getting eaten by ravenous giants, just as Dahl set it down. The big friendly giant referenced in the title is a strict vegetarian; his job, however, involves filling sleeping heads with sweet dreams of resisting authority. (He also farts in the presence of the Queen of England.) Director Morgan Ashley Madison tells the story with energy and confidence in her staging for Emerald City Theatre, using brisk pacing, cheeky performances, and, best of all, lifelike puppets (designed by Rough House Theatre) in a variety of sizes. —Zac Thompson

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