The Count of Monte Cristo | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Count of Monte Cristo Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2011

Revenge is a dish best served convoluted. Anyway, that's how Alexandre Dumas, pere, serves it in his 1845 novel about a wrongfully imprisoned man who escapes and executes an absurdly intricate plan to get payback on the men who set him up. Christopher Walsh's adaptation moves along with economy, speed, and a sense of humor. But this Lifeline Theatre production is too restrained, as if director Paul Holmquist were reluctant to take full advantage of the script's potential for silly melodrama and cheesy swashbucklery. As the Count, Chris Hainsworth certainly looks the part, sporting a mane of long black hair like some bodice-ripper cover model. And yet, rather than dashing and mysterious, he usually comes across as wooden, gnomic, and smug. --Zac Thompson

Price: $32-$35

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