The Fair Maid of the West | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Bobby Bowman and Amanda Forman

Bobby Bowman and Amanda Forman

Cole Simon

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2017
Price: $30, $25 seniors, $15 students, free for kids under 12
People who went to see Thomas Heywood’s plays in the 17th century were a lot like us. They thought a good story was one with the absolute maximum of sword fighting in it. They loved to see virtue rewarded and evil punished. And they believed there were still great adventures to be attempted out in the world, and gleefully lapped up any opportunity to imagine one for the price of a ticket. In 1994, Kevin Theis reworked one of Heywood’s more seldom-seen Elizabethan comedies—the tale of a barmaid, Bess Bridges (Amanda Forman), and her chaste love for a gentleman, Spencer (Zach Livingston)—into a well-received adaptation. The outdoor festival setting is ideal for this cheerful, rapier-twirling spectacle. Theis directs the revival, which is notable for Bobby Bowman’s exceptional reading of Clem, the fool. —Max Maller



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