Over the past several seasons director Greg Banks has crafted some of the most intriguing and invigorating shows at the Children's Theatre Company, including Antigone, Romeo and Juliet (which earned him a well-deserved Ivey Award), and last year's Robin Hood. This weekend, the English director returns to the Cargill Stage for a production of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young-adult adventure through space. Banks's innovative staging has fueled half a dozen previous adventures at the theater, from the immersive promenade style of Romeo and Juliet to the recreation of the denizens of Sherwood Forest with a company of four actors. In the first volume of L'Engle's series, young Meg goes on a galaxy-spanning journey with genius brother Charles and high school friend Calvin to find her absent father, who has been working on a secret science experiment. Their journeys take them to several alien planets as they not only search for the missing scientist, but also are drawn into a galaxy-spanning conflict. The stage adaptation was created by John Glore, who has adapted a number of other beloved children's and young-adult books in the past.
Fridays, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1, 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 8, 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 15, 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 22, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 19, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 26, 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Dec. 4, 2011