Little Women | Black Rock Pub & Kitchen | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2014

Like many girls, I adored Louisa May Alcott's stories about the four March sisters, who do their best while confined to the domestic front during the American Civil War. Alcott's take on sibling loyalty always felt pure, and the March sisters had real problems (poverty, scarlet fever), which made their quotidian concerns more poignant. Most compelling of all was Jo, whose inner struggle—how to be independent, artistic, and still devoted to family—rang true. Unfortunately, this 20% Theatre Company production, presented in the back room of the noisy Black Rock bar, won't convince anyone of Alcott's staying power. There are high points, including musical interludes featuring the five actresses; still, too much falls flat in this uncomplicated and sometimes melodramatic adaptation, which reduces the novel to its most sentimental elements. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $10

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