"The Woman in White" (Lifeline Theatre): The Best Book I (kind of) Read in a Long Time

"The Woman in White" (Lifeline Theatre):  The Best Book I (kind of) Read in a Long Time


As the leaves change and the temperature drops, I long to curl up with a good book.  I want to be completely engrossed in another world, another time, another life. With all the multiple distractions vying for my attention, *curling up* turns into stolen reading moments:  a chapter during the drying cycle, a few pages on the bus, a paragraph at bedtime.  The less-than-immersion experience is detaching and dissatisfying.  If I really want to curl up with a good book, I’ve found Lifeline Theatre is my best bet.

Walter Hartright (Nicholas Bailey, right) instructs Laura Fairlie (Maggie Scrantom, left) in the art of pastel; in Lifeline Theatre’s world premiere production of “The Woman in White.”  Photo by Suzanne PlunkettLifeline Theatre presents the world premiere of The Woman in White.  Laura falls for her art teacher, Walter.  But she is betrothed to Sir Percival Glyde.  So, she honors her deceased father’s pledge and marries Sir Percival.  Too late, she realizes her marital arrangement was all about money. She is the prize in a collusion by the men she trusted.  How does she escape this marital trap?  Who can she trust? What secrets will kill? Death, drugs and dementia will change everything.  The Woman in White is an intriguing mystery about identity.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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