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William Wyler's 1965 film version of the John Fowles novel, which confirmed the stardom of the incomparable Terence Stamp, should be held up alongside seminal serial-killer flicks like Psycho and Peeping Tom. Its butterfly motif prefigures imagery in The Silence of the Lambs, and its treacherous appeal to the audience's inner stalker resonates profoundly in the surveillance age. In LiveWire Chicago Theatre's production of Mark Healy's contemporary update, the two performers are thoroughly commanding, right down to the different-class British accents. As abductee Miranda, Michele Kline is heartbreaking, disintegrating convincingly over two hours, and as captor Clegg, Matt Kelly is all monolithic banality--the counterintuitive but correct choice, conveying a creeping menace his Geico gecko-like dialect only enhances. --Brian Nemtusak a Through 10/7: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Sat 9/22, 8 PM only, Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis, 312-533-4666, $12-$15.

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