‘Abe Lincoln in Illinois’ sheds light on a hero’s rugged path to greatness

In Intiman Theatre’s “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” we first meet the title character in the early 1830s, as a rugged, uncouth young fellow with no money, little self-esteem, few prospects — but a voracious intellect, and a gift for friendship.

When we leave Mr. Lincoln, in 1861, bearded and formally garbed, he’s standing on a railway platform. Tested and tempered by marriage, political service and a solidified moral commitment to national liberty and unity, he bids his youth and Illinois friends farewell to fulfill his destiny as our country’s 16th president.

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