Man of La Mancha | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Man of La Mancha Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2012

The 1965 Don Quixote-inspired Broadway hit holds up well in this Light Opera Works revival. Dale Wasserman's script veers unevenly from sentimentality and vulgar comedy to coarse cruelty, but Rudy Hogenmiller's well-designed production illuminates the story's themes of madness versus idealism and reality versus illusion. James Harms brings intelligence and gravitas to the role of Miguel de Cervantes, who, imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, enlists his fellow inmates to act out his tale of a madman who thinks he's a knight. The supporting cast are uniformly strong, and conductor Nyela Basney brings out the pulsing rhythms and unusual orchestral textures of Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion's Spanish-inflected score. —Albert Williams

Price: $32-$77

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