THEATER: GRAND TOUR

A SPIRITUALQUEST BECOMES A DAZZLING JOURNEY TO THE WEST

Journey to the west, which had its world premiere early this month at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, induces a pair of sensations. First it occurs to you that what you're watching is children's theater. Then you realize how impoverished our notion of adult theater is if we would cede these splendors to children, for this is a play constructed from the rich rudiments of dramatic art -dreams, mime, burlesque, magic.

Its director and adapter, Mary Zimmerman, has chiseled her story from a megalithic 16th century Chinese novel, Hsi Yu Chi. It tells of a spiritual quest, drawing on the legend of a...

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