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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 29 2014

The question of what separates good theater from great theater is a vexing one. A production can have everything going for it—strong acting, a great set, amazing costumes, wonderful direction—and still leave us feeling unmoved and empty. The new play at Lookingglass, Sara Gmitter's In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story, left me feeling that way. The work has all the elements for a great evening. Certainly, it has an interesting subject: Charles and Emma Darwin's fascinating marriage. She was a fervent Christian who believed heart and soul that the Bible was literally true. And he was, well, Charles Darwin, the paradigm-shifting scientist whose seminal work cast doubt on the biblical creation story and took man out of the center of the universe. Yet somehow, despite these differences, they stayed married, had ten children, and remained devoted to each other; how they made it work would seem an excellent premise for a play. Continue reading >>

Price: $40-$65


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