Mr. Popper's Penguins | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Nov. 29 2015

Richard and Florence Atwater's 1938 children's tale—adapted for the stage by playwright Robert Kauzlaric and songwriter George Howe—is the endearing and enduring tale of a housepainter whose fascination with faraway places leads him to write a fan letter to an antarctic explorer, who responds by sending Popper a penguin from the South Pole. Soon enough the bird has found a mate and fathered a feathered family, putting a strain on the Popper household's limited financial resources—until Mr. Popper decides to turn the avians into a touring vaudeville act, Popper's Performing Penguins. This charming and funny hour-long family show, which uses life-size puppets to represent the birds, emphasizes the loving partnership of Mr. Popper and his improbably patient and supportive wife, whose participation in the action has been expanded from the original book. Under the crisp direction of Paul S. Holmquist, Kauzlaric's witty script and Howe's bouncy score is well delivered by Jonathan Schwart and Heather Currie as the Poppers and Josh Bernaski and Amanda Roeder in a variety of supporting roles. Albert Williams

Price: $15

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