WBEZ | Charles Dickens http://www.wbez.org/tags/charles-dickens Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en And now for something completely different: Dickens! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-12/and-now-something-completely-different-dickens-104458 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6835_OliverSMALLER3.jpg" style="float: left; height: 585px; width: 300px;" title="Michael Semanic as Oliver Twist (Rich Foreman for Light Opera Works)" />Just when you thought you&#39;d had all the Dickens anyone could stand . . .</p><p><u><em>Dickens&#39; Women</em>, <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>, Navy Pier, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only; 312-595-5600; tickets $50-$60.</u></p><p>Charles Dickens actually did write about women &mdash; and not just Scrooge&#39;s dead sister and his long-lost love. To prove it, British actress Miriam Margolyes presents this one-woman show in which she portrays characters from the novelist&#39;s life as well as his work. She&#39;s in town for only a flying visit though, so see it in the next few days or forever hold your peace. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and there&#39;s also a Saturday matinee.</p><p><u><em>Oliver!</em>, <a href="http://lightoperaworks.com/">Light Opera Works</a>, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston; opens Saturday (the 22nd) and plays through New Year&#39;s Eve; <span class="detailBody">847-869-6300; tickets $32-$92 with some half-price availability.</span></u></p><p class="detailbody">Fun facts to know and tell: Davy Jones of The Monkees&#39; fame played The Artful Dodger in the original London production of this musical based on Dickens&#39; <em>Oliver Twist</em>.&nbsp; I&#39;ve never been able to get through the novel myself, but the musical is superb; it would be worth the price of admission just to hear the vendors&#39; cries blend subtly into &quot;Who Will Buy?&quot; You can always count on Light Opera Works for top-notch singing, so this is the place to go if you love the show or if you&#39;ve never had a chance to see it. And the unrepentantly wicked Bill Sykes makes a refreshing change from that guy &mdash; what&#39;s his name? &mdash; who let a few cheesy visions change his whole perspective.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-12/and-now-something-completely-different-dickens-104458