Ah, the books of childhood. Goodnight Moon, The Cat in The Hat, Charlotte’s Web. And who could forget The Little Prince? Published in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s fable of the downed aviator and the curious kid he encounters in the desert has never ceased to charm. And its seductive narrative and beguiling illustrations have inspired any number of stage adaptations. This month, David Catlin and Lookingglass Theatre Company lend their wildly inventive ways to a version written by Rick Cummings and John Scoullar.
The creative force behind Lookingglass Alice (arguably the company’s signature show), Catlin promises a production that combines circus skills, movement, striking visuals, beautiful costumes, and live music. And while he’s convinced kids will respond to this spectacle, he’s crafting a show for all ages. “Yes, The Little Prince is about a child. But it is really about the grown-up who’s telling the story. It is about a man who crashes his airplane in the Sahara. He is stuck, alone, and thirsty. I think we’ve all felt stuck, alone, and thirsty. We’ve been caught up in mortgages and bills and deadlines. We’ve been caught up, stuck in the concrete. It wouldn’t hurt to be reminded that what is essential is invisible to the eye.” December 5, 2013 to February 2, 2014, Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-0665