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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2015

Moby-Dick ranks up there with the Bible on the short list of literary masterpieces that are very nearly unreadable. Like the Good Book, Herman Melville's 1851 novel about the doomed voyage of the Pequod is cosmic in scope, rich in interpretive possibilities, extraordinarily powerful in places, and, for long stretches, tedious beyond imagining. Captain Ahab may have been single-minded in his pursuit of the white whale that done him wrong, but his creator tends to get distracted, repeatedly breaking away from the narrative to teach us lessons on sailing and the finer points of cetology. Translating the book's uniquely discursive quality to another medium is no easy task, which is one reason why there's never been a decent movie version. Still, Lookingglass Theatre Company's dazzling new stage adaptation is the third Moby-Dick-related show to appear in Chicago in the last four years. In 2011, the now defunct Building Stage supplied a brainy and playful take (a reworking of a previous production) with toy boats and multiple Ahabs; last year we got Shattered Globe Theatre's The Whaleship Essex, about the real-life disaster at sea that inspired Melville's tale. Continue reading >>

Price: $50-$60

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