The Gravedigger | Mayslake Peabody Estate | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2014
Price: $29-$39
This is a Halloween show, isn't it? I mean, the scheduling is right, it's set in a cemetery, and it features Frankenstein’s monster. Yet you won't find much in the way of holiday-appropriate horror in this production from First Folio Theatre. Joseph Zettelmaier's new play takes a sentimental tack as it imagines an adventure of the heart for the famous creature made of spare parts. Feeling suicidal after a life filled with violence and rejection, the monster finds a quiet Bavarian graveyard where he hopes to hide out and wait for death. Instead, he's discovered by an equally depressed but good-hearted groundskeeper, Kurt, who helps him find a name (Anton) and learn to trust. Meanwhile, an outcast gypsy named Nadya plays Esmeralda to Anton’s Quasimodo. Silly as it sounds, the tale comes off rather sweetly under Alison C. Vesely's direction, and the cast—particularly Craig Spidle as Kurt—make it almost human. —Tony Adler



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