Little Women | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Peter Clapham's 1976 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 classic highlights the sisterly allegiances of a Massachusetts clergyman's teenage daughters--dutiful Meg, forthright Jo, withdrawn Beth, and ambitious Amy--who bravely assume family responsibilities during the tense Civil War period. Their vulnerability is enhanced by director Kristina Schramm's casting of smart young actors whose ages approximate those of their characters. Together with some capable adult troupers and Geraldo de Oliveira's sensitively selected incidental music, they make this Lincoln Square Theatre of Chicago production a heartwarming herald of the holiday season. Through 12/3: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 6 PM. Sat 11/12, 2 PM only. Lincoln Square Community Arts Center, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt, 773-275-7930. $5-$12.

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