Little Women Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 24 2010

This version of Louisa May Alcott's classic story, about four sisters growing up in Civil War America, has a lot going for it. The performances are lively. Laura McClain and Kieran Welsh Phillips are marvelous as Meg and Jo, the older sisters at the center of the story. And the overall production, directed by Bob Knuth, has the pleasing look of a Merchant/Ivory period movie--an effect enhanced by Knuth's well-designed set and carefully balanced stage pictures, as well as Patti Roeder's authentic-looking costumes. But the pacing, especially in the first hour, is way too slow. The fault seems to lie with the adaptation by Knuth and Rani Blair-O'Brien, which never fully succeeds in transforming Alcott's novel into a play. --Jack Helbig

Price: $12-$24

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