Peasant Dreams

With this script, Saint Joan is a Shaw bet.

Follow the leader: Jessica V. Freestone shines in 
Saint Joan.
Follow the leader: Jessica V. Freestone shines in Saint Joan.

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Presented by OpenStage Theatre through November 18, 1-970-221-6730, www.openstage.com
Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins

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Despite all this, the production works, and Freestone does convey Joan's great spirit. But the interpolations seem presumptuous, an affront to Shaw's rationalism and clarity of thought. In his view, it took a combination of ordinary characteristics -- groundedness, youthful blindness and feverish imagination -- in conjunction with the convulsions of a hundred-year war to produce Saint Joan. And the play he shaped around her should be miracle enough for us.

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