May 1999

This lengthy British production will surely try some kids' patience, but those who stick with itparticularly children interested in theatrewill be richly rewarded. Four young actors, who play a total of nine roles, demonstrate protean skills through a range of dialects and characterizations, in what turns out to be a galvanizing production of the Thomas Hardy novel. The cast captures all the drama and passion of the story about a young woman pursued by three very different men. Grade: A
Jeff Unger