The Killer Angels | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 24 2013
Price: $20-$40
Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1974 novel (also the source of the 1993 movie Gettysburg) chronicles the Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as a British observer. The bloody conflict took place on the eve of the Fourth of July, as each side fought for its own ideal of freedom—southerners against what they saw as federal tyranny, northerners to end slavery. A fine all-male cast of ten portray multiple roles, with Matt Fletcher making an especially strong impression as the folksinger who narrates the action. It's sometimes hard to follow the military tactics and logistics described in Karen Tarjan's script, but the story's emotional content is clear and moving. And Matt Miller's staging packs a theatrical punch with the aid of vivid design by Alan Donahue (set), Julian Pike (lights), Elizabeth Wislar (costumes), and Stephen Ptacek (sound) as well as evocative 19th-century songs. —Albert Williams



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