Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure 

This musical version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic is easily one of the finest theater productions I have seen since arriving in Indianapolis. It is a rare example where the plot of the original is not compromised for the sake of adapting it to the stage. Instead, writers Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark adhere as closely as possible to Stevenson's creative vision in their retelling of the story of young Jim Hawkins, who is excellently played by Rick Desloge. The audience travels with Hawkins from his home in England across the seas on an expedition in search of pirate treasure. During his travels, Hawkins must overcome numerous obstacles, not the least of which is a mutiny led by the ship's cook, Long John Silver. Silver, perfectly played by Jamie Jackson, has his own plans for the treasure, but must enlist the aid of Hawkins if he is to find it. Hawkins agrees and, in the process of their cooperation, gains an insight into the human condition as it is represented by the greedy and treacherous pirates. Through May 17; 317-872-9664, www.beefandboards.com.

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