This week, why not check out some fantastic theater inspired by great works of fiction:
"Peyton Place" - City Lit
Grace Metalious' cult masterpiece is one of my personal favorites. The page-turner was so popular when it was released in 1956 that it spawned a film (the very next year!) as well as a five-year television series. City Lit's world premiere adaptation will no doubt shock and titillate the masses, as it explores three women coming to terms with their sexual identities as they battle the repressive climate of their small New England town.
February 22 - March 30 at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago.
"Little Women" - The James Downing Theatre
Based on Louisa May Alcott's 1869 classic novel, this musical retelling of the March sisters and their beloved Marmee has been wildly popular since it opened on Broadway in 2005. With gorgeous music, stunning vocals and immeasurable charm, the talent in this production is well worth a quick trip down I-90. But hurry up, because there are only two weekends of performances left!
Now playing through March 3 at The James Downing Theatre, 6740 N. Oliphant, Chicago.
Everything Is Illuminated - Next Theatre
Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel received critical acclaim when it was published in 2002. With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; a dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.; and a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely-butchered English, the young man is led on a journey over a devastated landscape into an unexpected past.
February 21 - March 31 at Next Theatre, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston.
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