Preview: The Scarlet Pimpernel at Schiller Park
If you want to see a swashbuckling tale this summer, skip the not-so-great latest installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and instead head to Schiller Park for "The Scarlet Pimpernel," put on by Actors' Theatre.
Visitors to the park can stretch out on blankets and take in the story of Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy Englishman who sneaks into France during the French Revolution to save the country's aristocrats from the guillotine. His heroism impresses his estranged wife, who realizes she has misjudged him.
"It has a lot of components that audiences like: sword-fighting, romance, derring-do," said John S. Kuhn, the theater company's artistic director. Kuhn adapted the classic novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy for the stage, sticking almost entirely to the original dialogue.
"It follows the novel very closely," Kuhn said.
May 26-June 26
1069 Jaeger St., German Village