The Ghosts of Treasure Island | Vittum Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Ghosts of Treasure Island Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through May 15 2010

This adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel has all the subtlety of a theme-park ride--but then it also has many of the thrills. Eric Schmiedl's story never stints on the rum swilling and violence, and pious moralizing only overtakes the swashbuckling in the show's final moments. Director Amanda Delheimer's able cast stay in constant motion. Even scene changes are boisterous events, with the bustle of sail-hoisting and barrel-tossing accompanied by a pirate rock band's chanteys. There's no difference between background and foreground in this Adventure Stage production--everything's always muscling for attention, Chelsea Warren's set included. At times I found myself itching for a little modulation. But that's the way of all theme parks. --Keith Griffith

Price: $12-$17


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