Emma | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 25 2014

The thing about Emma Woodhouse—the title character of Jane Austen's 1815 novel—is that no one much likes her. Spoiled and haughty, Emma copes with her own insecurities about love and loneliness by meddling, hatching some disastrous matchmaking plots. But behind all that bossiness lies a sweetness that reminds you why the book's title isn't Anyone But Emma—something the 1995 film Clueless nails. Unfortunately, that sweetness is sorely lacking in this staging by Dead Writers Theater Collective. Heather Chrisler's Emma feeds rather than fights the character's arrogance, and director Jim Schneider's blocking frequently has the actors teetering at the edge of the stage, as if they’d prefer booking it over sticking around to discover whether Emma ever comes around and makes nice. The show would do well to take a note from Alicia Silverstone's bubbly, likable Cher. As if. —Chloe Riley

Price: $40, $25 for students and seniors


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