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Nicholas Nickleby

There's nothing like seeing a book come alive, and although movies are one form, theatre plays are another. The fun part about going to a theatre is that there are actually real live actors right there in front of you, and the interaction with the audience is much more intense.
 
This is very much so the case when you go to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, performed these next few weeks at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. You get to vote (loudly!) on the sale of muffins (and crumpets!) on the streets of foggy London, and there are lots of chases and harried escapes so that you will find all kinds of characters suddenly standing right next to you as they careen through the audience, only to exit through side doors and pop up again on stage.
 
Charles Dickens wrote the original story in installments for a newspaper in the early 19th century, and it was so popular that he decided to publish it later in the form of a book. A very thick book. A play adaptation in 1980 was 9 hours long, and even though playwright David Edgar has condensed it even more, it is still a total of 6 and a half hours long.
 
So the Orlando Shakespeare Theater now presents to you, for your "theatrical experience of a lifetime" as American Theatre Magazine puts it, this very fast paced and clever adaptation by David Edgar in two rapid installments. Period costumes designed by Jack A. Smith, music by composer Philip Ingle and a close collaboration with the University of Central Florida's theater department make this a wonderful production that you can't miss.