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'Little Women' at Theatre in the Round Bob Suh

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Little Women

Every Fri. and Sat. from March 22-April 13
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 24-April 14
2 p.m.
$18-$22
Family Events, Theater

Considering the enduring popularity of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, it should come as no surprise that the 150-year-old story ranks among the works most adapted for stage and screen. Much of this affinity derives from the heartfelt depiction of four sisters, diverse in personalities and unified by emotional bonds. Set during the Civil War, the story centers on Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they balance their own hopes and dreams against family responsibilities and social expectations. Within such a framework, contemporary readings can uncover a wealth of cultural subtext, particularly at a time when gender inequities are being re-examined. That said, Little Women isn’t a sociological exposé, but an affectionate portrayal of sisters coming of age during an exceptionally harsh era, yet still sharing an empathetic pang of harbored crushes and restless heartache. These sentiments are given particular potency in English playwright Peter Clapham’s adaptation, as presented by Theatre in the Round Players.