(Hedy Weiss's article ran in the Chicago Sun-Times, March 31.)
Remarkable cast brings Northlight play to 'Life'
REVIEW | Same characters 40 years apart perfectly portrayed
Casting is invariably crucial to any play's success. But in Hugh Leonard's "A Life," now receiving a richly affecting production at Northlight Theatre, it is truly a make-or-break element.
In fact, pretty much everything in this beautifully observed drama depends on an audience being able to fully believe that the four adults in late middle-age who are living out their modest lives in the little Irish town of Dalkey in 1977, are the very same people who, 40 years earlier, quite rashly but aptly forged their futures.