Watership Down | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 19 2011
Price: $20-$35
Lifeline Theatre's brilliant production captures the epic sprawl and driving suspense of its source--the 1972 novel by Richard Adams in which a band of rabbits, their warren destroyed, go on a perilous search for a new home. In fact, Lifeline tops Adams's signature feat of delivering well-defined, often affecting characters who are--you know--rabbits. Where Adams had the luxury of relying on the reader's imagination, Kate McLean Hainsworth's ace cast have to sustain the conceit for two hours using body language. And they succeed with wit and style. Each cocked head and thumping leg makes a specific, emotionally-resonant contribution to the narrative. John Hildreth's script navigates the story's many turns clearly and economically, while Hainsworth's direction keeps the wheels turning in a satisfying, vigorous rhythm. --Dan Weissmann

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