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  The Last Unicorn at City Lit Theater

The Last Unicorn

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago

Adapted from Peter S. Beagle's beloved fantasy novel, this grown-up fairy tale follows the quest of the Unicorn: the most beautiful creature int he world, immortal, and magical besides, as she searches for her lost brothers and sisters. A world premiere adaptation incorporating puppetry, masks, movement and music.

Presented by Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Thru - Nov 14, 2009

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-305-2897

Running Time: 2hrs 20mins; one intermission

  The Last Unicorn Reviews
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Windy City Times - Recommended

"...The Promethean Theatre Ensemble's production has the tone right enough. Likewise, the imagination and the commitment. What it doesn't have is the money, making for a decidedly skimpy display of fairy dust and flower petals. But Ed Rutherford's adaptation faithfully chronicles its source's external action with an efficiency that brings the show home in a tidy two and a half hours. And, ironically, the stark barnlike scenic design, leotards-and-yardage costumes, and acting-class choreography facilitate, more than hinder, the plot's swift transitions over a wide range of locales..."

Mary Shen Barnidge

Centerstage - Recommended

"...Allowances must be made when tailoring a story circumscribed only by the scope of a reader's imagination to fit the stage. Although "Unicorn" stretched over two hours, and certain scenes lacked punch, overall Ed Rutherford's adaptation was both imaginative and loyal. His neat excision of extraneous plot points honed the author's boundless vision without constraining it, bringing hidden themes into bold relief. Never condescending, the show was nonetheless appropriate for children as well as adults, those who have grown with the story, and those lucky enough to experience it for the first time."

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Sean Campbellís lights and Jeanne Jonesís costumes have a childlike, guileless simplicity. Their palettes are plain but striking: the stage bathed in red, a white rose standing in for a unicornís horn. As any good fantasy should, the designs, and the production, allow room for the audienceís imagination. Perhaps Prometheanís version could be a little shorter and darker, but itís a charming jaunt that more than lives up to its source."
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Caitlin Montanye Parrish

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Promethean Theatre Ensemble delivered a special theatrical treat showing their stagecraft and creativity with The Last Unicorn. Ed Rutherfordís vision and passion for the material propels this production. Kudos to Ed and his cast for mounting a fine adult fable. This is imaginative theatre."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Not Recommended

"...I kept wondering who this work might appeal to. The 5-year-old boy in the audience I attended appeared bored and restless. He wasn't alone either. So were most of the adults, indicated by the smattering of polite but unenthusiastic applause the cast received at the long and merciful conclusion. I was unable to find a single redeeming character or performance with which to empathize. For all the creative ambitions of this company, the large cast simply had no energy to fuel the over-written script."

Joe Stead

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