When a story is so strong it virtually tells itself, the trick is to stay out of its way. That's the beauty part of Christopher Moore's lean and faithful musical version of The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain's wry democratic tale of 16th-century look-alikes--Henry VII's son and a London street urchin--who teach each other hope and humility. Debbie Pekin's heartfelt staging matches Moore's vibrant words and music; Dan Vincent and Ron Sherry are skilled actor-singers who relish every twist of the hard driving plot in the title roles; and David Gethmann buckles his swashes as their feckless champion. Given its world premiere in November by the Athenaeum Theatre Company, it's revived for one more show to benefit Saint Alphonsus School and the Wait Disney Magnet School. Athenaeum Theatre Company, 2936 N. Southport, 525-0195. Sunday, January 10, 2:30 PM. $10.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Deb Bricault.