The Book Thief | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Book Thief Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: First Saturday, Sunday of every month. Continues through Nov. 9 2012

In Heidi Stillman's stage version of the award-winning YA novel by Markus Zusak, young Liesel lives with her foster parents in Nazi Germany, secretly salvaging books that are banned or meant to be burned. Though there are a number of assured performances in Hallie Gordon's production for Steppenwolf for Young Adults—notably Francis Guinan's as the narrator, Death, and Andy Monson's as a twitchy, mentally ill boy—the lighting is flat, the blocking awkward, and the set design deficiently minimal. All of which undercuts the performances and exacerbates the problems with Stillman's clunky, uneven script. —Tal Rosenberg

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