One of the greatest American narratives, this enduring story for all ages is based upon Alcott's own childhood. It continues to be relevant and very moving, especially in a time of war. The Marches are a highly principled family used to hard work and sacrifice while their father is away serving in the army. The four sisters dream, play, prank, suffer illnesses, court, and learn what it means to grow up and cherish true joy despite adversity. Marisha Chamberlain's excellent adaptation, recently acclaimed at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is staged by leading Chicago director Kate Buckley.