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Wings 

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Not to be missed in its too-short (though just extended) run, the Goodman Theatre's Wings is a rare fusion of state-of-the-art technique and straight-from-the-heart feeling. With director Michael Maggio at the helm, this wizardly production convincingly creates the shifting inner world of its heroine, former stunt aerialist and stroke victim Emily Stilson. A recent second viewing convinced this writer of the brilliance of Jeffrey Lunden's lyrical, sometimes mystical music and the gracefulness of Arthur Perlman's libretto. And anchoring the show is a phenomenal performance by Linda Stephens as Emily, a passionate adventurer into the unknown world of the mind. This masterful and moving work reflects the highest level of artistry, craft, and commitment. Goodman Studio Theatre, 200 S. Columbus, 443-3800. Through December 13: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Fridays, 8 PM; Saturdays, 5 and 9 PM; Sunday, December 6, 2:30 PM; Wednesday, December 9, 8 PM; Sunday, December 13, 2:30 and 8 PM. $18-$22.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Liz Lauren.

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