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Lookingglass Theatre’s “Hard Times” is a Dark and Brooding Dickensian Saga

*** Recommended*** “Hard Times”, the fall/winter production at Lookingglass, is a really good play, but it’s Dickens, so it’s dark, brooding and depressing as all get out. Then there’s the whole rich vs poor, greedy industrial giant vs the workforce theme which is so relevant today it’ll make you even more depressed. On the other hand, the circus elements lift it above the ordinary. Lookingglass calls this show “Hard Times for Hard Times”, and I guess it is. 3 ½ Spotlights

“Hard Times” runs through January 14th at Lookingglass Theatre, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan at Pearson, Chicago. Discounted parking is now available at 3 locations: John Hancock Center Self Park; Olympia Centre Self Park; and Water Tower Place. Running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (November 21st, December 12th, 19th, January 2nd only); Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays at 2:00 pm (November 16th, 30th, December 21st, 28th only) and 7:30 pm (except November 23rd); Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm (except December 24th and 31st). There are additional performances on November 24th and December 27th at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $50-$85. FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

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