`Little Women' hits an emotional note

CRITIC'S CORNER//THEATER

Deliberate direction and evocative set and acting highlight the impact of Louisa May Alcott's tale

Theater Review

April 13, 2006|By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY | MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER

Early in the second act of Little Women, the heroine gets bad news. The audience begins to weep helplessly and doesn't stop for a solid half-hour. The Hippodrome Theatre begins to fill with sea-water. After 10 minutes, you could pilot a small boat down the aisles. After 20, you could drop a fishing line into the waves and catch a late dinner.

Heck, even the fish are crying.

Little Women 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Through April 23. Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. $26-$71. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit broadwayacrossamerica.com

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