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    A Tale of Two Cities

    Presented by at Wheelock Family Theatre

    October 30 - November 29, 2009


    A Tale of Two Cities

    Set during the tumult of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities vividly dramatizes the influence of historical and political upheaval on the individual. It follows the intertwined fortunes of a French aristocrat who rejects his family’s tradition of terrorizing the lower classes; a physician whose long imprisonment has left him a symbolic hero for the oppressed; the physician’s daughter who unknowingly marries a descendant of her father’s tormentors; a drunken lawyer who finds meaning in life through an unrequited love; and a mob leader whose sheer rage at the degradation of the lower classes demands vengeance and is woven into her knitting. This new adaptation of the Dickens classic poses questions as pressing today as they were two centuries ago. How does one prioritize loyalty? Is violence ever justified? What are the costs to society of a citizenry divided between rich and poor? Can a single act of honor and love counteract a world filled with hatred? And, in the face of war and terror perpetrated in the name of a broader cause, what is the definition of a life well lived?

    Free events during the show run include:

    Friday nights at 6:30: Teen Take Overs! offer pre-show Theatre for Social Justice Workshops designed by WFT teaching artists that use improv and drama games.
    Saturday matinees after the performance: Great Debates offer a discussion with the cast, led by a WFT teaching artist, on themes from the show. How does one prioritize loyalty? Is violence ever justified? What are the costs to society of a citizenry divided between rich and poor?
    Sunday matinees: Red Carpet Sundays: meet the cast after the performance!

    Wheelock Family Theatre

    200 The Riverway
    Boston, MA 02215

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    Admission Info:
    $25 for center orchestra or front mezzanine $20 for side orchestra or mid-mezzanine $15 back mezzanine Friday night Teen Take over: $15 for performance, pre-show show workshop & dinner

    General Day and Time Info:
    Friday evenings at 7:30, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

    Phone: 617-879-2300

    Accessibility Information:

    Performances on Friday November 27 at 7:30 and Sunday November 29 at 3:00 will be interpreted in American Sign Language. These performances will also be audio-described live for patrons who are blind or who are visually impaired.

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    • Event Name: A Tale of Two Cities
      4 out of 5 stars rating "Good performance, not for kids under 12"
      Review posted by: laura from Boston, Dec 02, 2009

      The performance was very good. Story is too complicated for children under 12. Also strongly recommend you review the basic plot and characters before going to the show.

    • Event Name: A Tale of Two Cities
      4.5 out of 5 stars rating "Great Show"
      Review posted by: Harvey & Naomi Towvim from Boston, MA, Dec 02, 2009

      What a DELIGHTFUL JOY it was for my wife Naomi and me to see Robin Eldridge in action at the November 22, 2009, Sunday matinee. We got such a BIG KICK out of watching her return to her childhood... Expand

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