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OFFBEAT: First Folio Theatre presenting 'Underneath the Lintel' for audience suspense

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2013-03-09T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: First Folio Theatre presenting 'Underneath the Lintel' for audience suspenseBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

First Folio Theatre is a favorite theater performance space.

It's housed at the beautiful Mayslake Peabody Estate at 31st St. and Rt. 83 in Oakbrook.

Their latest production, opening this month, is the acclaimed play "Underneath the Lintel," directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely, and previewing March 27 to open March 30 for a run through April 28.

The production stars Kristine Thatcher, a member of the 2001 Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, where her play "Voice of Good Hope" premiered and was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work in 2000. Thatcher most recently appeared as Terri in Jeffrey Sweet's new play "Immoral Imperatives." Prior to that, she appeared in First Folio Theatre's production of "Macbeth." Other credits include Hannah Jarvis in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" at the Goodman Theatre, Candida in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" at Writers' Theatre, and Regan in "King Lear" and Kate in "Taming of the Shrew" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Written by Emmy Award-winner Glen Berger, who recently co-wrote the book for the musical adaptation of "Spider-Man" on Broadway, "Underneath the Lintel" opened in 2001 on Broadway, and has had successful runs in Ireland, London's West End and Canada.

The play focuses on a Dutch librarian who opens a book returned 113 years overdue and finds a ticket for a Chinese laundry in London. Her curiosity compels her to redeem the ticket for a pair of abandoned trousers, which contain another clue that leads her on an adventurous journey around the world and into surprising revelations of a long-forgotten past, where she ultimately discovers what can only be described as a miracle.

Led by Jeff nominated director Alison C. Vesely, the Artistic Team for "Underneath the Lintel" includes Sound Designer Christopher Kriz, Costume Designer Elsa Hiltner and Scenic Designer Angela Miller.

First Folio Theatre is entering its 16th season of bringing performances of Shakespeare and other classics to the stage. During that time, the theater has expanded from an annual summer production to a year-round operation with three separate and distinct stages at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate. 

First Folio is easy to get to from either the East-West Tollway (I-88) or the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Free parking is available on the grounds.

Tickets range from $26 to 37 and preview tickets are $22. Season subscriptions and individual tickets can be purchased by calling (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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