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click to enlarge Japhet Balaban and Emjoy Gavino

Japhet Balaban and Emjoy Gavino

Evan Hanover

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $36
The tranquil moorland, home to the Brontë sisters, serves as backdrop for this battle royale between prominent heroines of 19th-century lit and their equally famous gentleman callers. Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights), Lizzy Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), and from across the pond, Louisa May Alcott's Jo March (Little Women) set conventionalism ablaze when they—what else?—turn down marriage proposals. That leaves their heartbroken suitors Mr. Rochester, Heathcliff, Mr. Darcy, and Theodore "Laurie" Laurence with just one choice: fight. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus’s Chicago debut is irrepressibly charming through most of its two-hour length, though some aspects, like the climactic battle, verge on overkill. Director Devon de Mayo’s tender touch is also evident here, which helps make the Hypocrites’ season opener a winner. —Matt de la Peña



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