Treasure Island | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2009
Price: $10-$30
This Lifeline Theatre adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's late-Victorian novel--about Jim Hawkins, an 18th-century teen swept up in a quest for buried treasure--boasts plenty of throat-cutting, blood-spurting, rum-swigging action along with ingenious scenic design by Alan Donahue, evocative lighting by Kevin Gawley, and pulsing background music by Andy Hansen. Playwright John Hildreth and director Robert Kauzlaric revel in the story's swashbuckling violence while poking fun at British assumptions about honor and loyalty to "king and country." But where Stevenson's book is framed as a first-person account by Hawkins, Hildreth divides the narration among several characters, undermining the tale's resonance as a youth's heroic odyssey toward self-understanding. That shortcoming is exacerbated by bland performances from high school freshman Warren Weber as Hawkins and off-Loop veteran Sean Sinitski as the charming, dangerous pirate Long John Silver. --Albert Williams



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