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'Booth' Spotlights Famous Theater Family

The staged reading 'Booth' will be presented by the Performing Arts at Oakton on Feb. 23 and 24.

Before reality TV stars there were the Booths: the 19th century’s most famous – and infamous – theater family. Trace its tumultuous history in Booth, a staged reading at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, at 8 p.m., Saturday February 23, and 2 p.m., Sunday, February 24.

This production by Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton follows the career and life of Junius Booth. Despite being the greatest tragic actor of his day, Booth’s success as Hamlet, Lear, and Richard III couldn’t make up for his failure as a father and husband. When Booth takes his son Edwin on tour, the two ambitious men clash as real life mirrors the tragedies they perform. Booth, presented by the Performing Arts at Oakton, chronicles how destruction can ultimately result in progress as Edwin finds his own path.

Tickets are $8 for general admission. Call (847) 635-1900.

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