ManofLaMancha DonQAldonza

Marriott’s Dystopian “Man of La Mancha” is Stripped-Down to the Basics

**** Recommended **** Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed Marriott’s stripped-down production of “Man of La Mancha”.  In Director Nick Bowling’s dystopian vision, Marriott’s square stage has been transformed into a holding cell (dungeon) for the Inquisition, which translates to any oppressive regime in the here and now.  The detainees (prisoners) know they’ll never be free again so they victimize newcomers – because they can.  16th century Spain appears only in the play within the play.  Marriott’s extraordinary cast does full justice to Dale Wasserman’s book and Mitch Leigh’s awesome Spanish-flavored score.  I give “Man of La Mancha” 4 Spotlights.

“Man of La Mancha” runs through August 14th at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  Running time is 1 hour, 30 minutes, no intermission.  Performances are Wednesdays at 1:00 and 8:00 pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 4:30 and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 and 5:00 pm.  Tickets range from $50-$55.  Parking is free.  FYI (847) 634-0100, or

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