The World Over | ARCC Ballet | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The World Over Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2011

Keith Bunin's play pulls from loads of sources, giving off whiffs of Candide, The 1,001 Nights, traditional folk tales, and Shakespearean fantasies like The Tempest and The Winter's Tale. Indeed, it begins to feel overstuffed as it follows the adventures of Adam, a naive young man who's convinced he's the lost prince of a kingdom that practically everybody tells him doesn't exist. You eventually figure out where his story is headed and start wishing it'd get there without quite so much incident. But impatience doesn't set in until near the end. Most of The World Over is charming. And so is Tim Speicher staging for the State Theater, which features a strong cast and interesting puppet-craft by Taylor Bibat and Rachel Singer. An effect in which people seem to blow away like dust is both technically and emotionally striking. --Tony Adler

Price: $12-$20

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