The One and Only Ivan | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through April 26 2015
Price: $15
Ivan, a silverback gorilla, wants to be a hero, but that's hard when you’re a washed-up attraction in a roadside circus. When he’s joined by baby elephant Ruby, he gets his chance, and with the help of a canine sidekick and a young girl (we’re not all bad), he works out a way for them to make it to "a good zoo” where "humans make amends." James E. Grote’s adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s best-selling children’s book doesn't shy from the sad—I wasn’t the only one in tears—though it can feel a little exposition heavy at times. But Dorothy Milne’s clean, simple staging for Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries moves things along, as do Joanna Iwanicka’s puppets and the minimally costumed actors (especially Christian Castro as Ivan), who convey their animal natures through physicality alone. —Suzanne Scanlon
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