The Bloodhound Law Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2015

On the plus side, Kristine Thatcher’s play offers a scrupulously researched account of the abolitionist movement in and around Illinois from 1836 to 1851. We hear about Elijah Parish Lovejoy, an antislavery newspaperman who wouldn’t shut up for anything short of death; Francis McIntosh, a black man burned at the stake by a mob; Stephen Douglas, the Illinois senator who performed political sleight of hand at the expense of human freedom; and much more. On the minus side? All this scrupulosity yields a show that overwhelms us with historical detail while skimping on basic narrative information, lacks a dramatic core, and more often than not plays like a school pageant. Though Terry McCabe’s staging features some competent cast members, a crucial few come across as community-theater-level actors who've bitten off more than they can chew. –Tony Adler

Price: $29

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